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What BOSS is NOT

BOSS is not for everyone. What we are not is just as important as what we are, so please take a minute to read this.

BOSS is not a military survival program.

BOSS courses teach how indigenous cultures around the world have survived in harmony with the land for thousands of years. If you want a "Boot Camp" or "Rambo" experience, please consider something else. If you want to learn to walk a softer path through the wilderness – a path that teaches sustainability of resources and respect for the land – please consider joining us at BOSS.

BOSS is not a youth therapy program.

People sometimes mistakenly assume that BOSS students are young kids, or that we are working with juvenile delinquents who need to be "whipped into shape" on the trail. In reality, our students are quite the opposite. People come to BOSS voluntarily to learn a low-technology, wilderness education curriculum. Although we do admit people as young as 18, our typical students range from the mid-20's to later 50's; our oldest has been 73. All of our students are mature people who come to BOSS to enjoy a unique wilderness experience.

BOSS is not for passive people.

We believe that lessons are best learned from personal, hands-on experience. For Skills courses, this means cutting, creating, and building, each day of the course. For Field and Explorer courses, this means hiking, climbing, and probably sweating during your time on the trail. For all courses, this means contributing to the experience of the trip and taking responsibility for the outcome.

BOSS courses are not offered risk-free.

The wilderness is beyond our control. Nature is beyond our control. We hope that you will understand this and embrace the opportunity we are offering you: a chance to live in the moment and experience the wilderness to the fullest. We are, of course, safety-conscious but you should understand the realities of being in remote wilderness and accept those inherent risks.

BOSS Field Courses are not easy.

If you want to relax and be catered to, please consider something other than a BOSS Field course. On a Field course, one of our goals is to push you while we teach you new ways of traveling in the wilderness. This means you should arrive in good shape (not get in good shape while on the trail) and be willing to explore the Utah deserts and mountains with us. Other BOSS courses are typically less challenging, but you should still expect to participate and learn actively.

BOSS courses are not impossible.

Thousands of our alumni from all over the globe will tell you their course opened their eyes to a new world, and that the BOSS experience is definitely worth the effort. While we know it might not be for everyone, a BOSS course can be magical for the right type of person. We hope you'll join us on the trail.

To learn more about the types of courses BOSS offers, please click here.