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Dear BOSS Alumni and Friends,

On the school’s 50th anniversary, BOSS became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We believe that the education and transformational experiences we provide to our students in this beautiful corner of Utah are unique. We also believe that our efforts should always be focused on our students and on preserving the ancestral skills that humans have practiced for millennia. Never on profit.

Becoming a nonprofit felt natural and good to us. For everyone here, BOSS has always been a labor of love, and we really try to practice what we preach out there: we do more with less, we carefully consider each piece of gear we own and decision we make, and we strive to always make a positive impact.

BOSS instructor Jessica Ewing teaches bow-drill construction to a group of students BOSS instructor Jessica Ewing teaches bow-drill construction to a group of students

Donating to BOSS

If you loved your BOSS experience, or if you love that BOSS is in the world, your donation can help ensure that BOSS programs continue long into the future.

Your donation to the Boulder Outdoor Survival School directly benefits future students:

Financial Aid

Not everyone who should be out in the field with BOSS has the financial means to make it happen. The BOSS financial aid program, which is funded entirely by donations like yours, offers grants to help qualified students with their tuition on any BOSS course.

See some of the scholarship recipients from recent years here.


As a small nonprofit, we choose to direct as much of our resources as possible to our programming and the impact we can have on our students. We purchased the land we operate on in 2018 thanks to the enormous generosity of our alumni, and by taking out a loan. Paying our mortgage is now a significant cost for our little school: Any help you give takes the pressure off and keeps us focused on what we’re so good at: teaching in the field.


This school has always operated on the love and dedication of our staff, and we have always put as much of our resources towards our programs as we can. We try to strictly adhere to our principle to do more with less. We still use trucks that are older than many of our instructors, and operate out of yurts and other structures that allow us to live and work close to the land. When these things need repairing, we can feel the stretch!

Students often come to BOSS because their parents recommended it, because they took a course in their youth. These days, we’re getting students who come because their grandparents recommended it from their youth.

One of our first donors from our 2018 fund drive said of his reason for donating simply, “I am a BOSS Alumni, 28-day Field Course, July 1980.”

You can help ensure the education of many more generations of BOSS students.

Please, donate now.


Thank you,
Eli Loomis
Executive Director

A view across canyons in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area The landscape that we have learned inside and out, and love dearly

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