7-Day Field Expedition Course

7-Day Field Expedition Course

The 7-Day Field Expedition Course is designed to pack as much instruction, challenge, and field experience as we can into a one-week expedition. In this survival course you will travel through the spectacular terrain of the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument and Dixie National Forest, learning and relying on traditional survival skills in a field context.

Tuition – $2290
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Upcoming 7-Day Field Courses

Aug 18 to Aug 24

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Sep 8 to Sep 14

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A group of BOSS students participate in the 7-day field course practicing backcountry survival.

About the Course

Leaving the hyper-technological, modern world behind, you will travel the desert canyons and mountain meadows with little more than a knife, a water bottle, a blanket, and a poncho. The physical, mental, and emotional challenges are real. Our wilderness survival training will give you a chance to learn and practice survival skills in context, and face and overcome these challenges. On this course, you will learn and travel with up to 11 other students and three instructors.

Several members of a BOSS 7-day field course trek through the valley of a desert canyon practicing backcountry survival.

Course Highlights

  • Learn traditional and primitive survival skills in context from master instructors.
  • Practice and rely on those skills in a remote setting.
  • Face and overcome serious challenges in the wilderness.
  • Travel through a famously rugged and beautiful landscape.
A campsite that features a tarp setup rather than a tent is one of the many skills that are taught during the 7-day field course for backcountry survival.

Know More, Carry Less

In line with the BOSS Positive Impact philosophy, the 7-Day Field Expedition Course emphasizes the use of renewable, natural, and local resources. Tents, sleeping bags, stoves, backpacks and many other “essential” pieces of outdoor equipment are replaced with their low-tech counterparts: a poncho, a blanket, a campfire, etc. The skills we teach you allow you to travel in comfort without relying on modern gear.

BOSS Challenge

BOSS 7-Day Field Expedition Course provides, among many other things, a physical and mental test for its students. You will hike long distances over the rugged terrain found in Southern Utah’s mountains and desert canyons. You will at times be thirsty, hungry, hot, and cold. We use our more than 50 years of experience running survival courses to tailor the challenge to each group. 

This course is offered in 14- and 28-day long versions, too. Or, for those interested in a less intense, more skills-oriented experience, consider the 7-Day Primitive Skills course.

Other Courses Available:

Join BOSS's 7-day field course in Boulder, Utah, for backcountry survival training.


  • No prior camping or outdoor experience is required.
  • BOSS requires that all Field course applicants undergo a complete physical examination and receive their physician’s approval in writing prior to final acceptance on the course.
  • Students are asked to complete a 1.5-mile timed run during course orientation. 
  • Students must be 18 years of age or older.
A woman stokes the embers of a handful of kindling during a backcountry survival course.

Skills Covered

Skills taught on wilderness survival training courses are directly relevant to the group’s needs in the field, and can vary between courses depending on those needs and the challenges each group encounters in the wilderness. Issues dealing with the effects of physical stresses and extended travel on the human psyche are just as important to the student experience as how to make a fire without matches.

A group of BOSS students observe a pool of water in the desert while participating in the backcountry survival course.

7-day Field Expedition Courses can teach: 

  • Desert ecology & travel
  • Survival mindset
  • Campsite selection 
  • Shelter construction
  • Fire construction
  • Water location and purification
  • Trail hygiene
  • Basic plant identification and use
  • Knife use and safety

Tuition Assistance Available

BOSS offers tuition assistance and discounts to qualifying applicants.
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BOSS is one of the oldest survival schools on the planet, delivering transformative wilderness experiences to adventurous people since 1968. Our instructors have years of expertise empowering people worldwide to be more confident and resilient.  We offer you adventure, challenge, and a life-changing experience.

BOSS™ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.