7-day Wilderness Survival Training

The 7-day Field 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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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.

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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.
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Know More, Carry Less

In line with the BOSS Positive Impact philosophy, the 7-Day Field survival 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 wilderness survival training 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 Living Skills course.

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  • 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.
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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.

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7-day Field 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
Upcoming 7-Day Field Courses

May 26 to Jun 1

$2290 – Limited Space

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Jun 23 to Jun 29

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Aug 4 to Aug 10

$2290 – Space Available

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Aug 18 to Aug 24

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Sep 8 to Sep 14

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Learn more about tuition assistance & discounts

Tuition Assistance Available

BOSS offers tuition assistance and discounts to qualifying applicants.
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Interested in a life-changing challenge?

BOSS is one of the oldest survival schools on the planet, delivering wilderness survival training to adventurous people since 1968. Our survival instructors are some of the most experienced and competent in the world. The challenges that our BOSS survival courses offer aren’t for everyone, but if you’re the right person and it’s the right time for you, we promise adventure, challenge and world-class instruction.

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