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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Ed at BOSS

The Boulder Outdoor Survival School began in 1968 as a course at BYU called Youth Leadership 480. More than 50 years later, education is still the focus of all our wilderness expeditions and skills courses. Our instructors are all trained in-house, and many of them make their careers at BOSS. It is common for there to be more than 30 years of combined wilderness education experience in a teaching team.

Boulder Outdoor Survival School instructor Jessica Ewing teaches bow drill

College Credit & Americorps

Academic credit for a BOSS course is offered through Western Colorado University Extended Studies program. Visit the Western website to learn more. AmeriCorps awards can also be used through WSCU.

Tuition Assistance

We believe that BOSS should be accessible to anyone capable of the challenge. We’re happy to say that we’re able to offer tuition assistance to a significant portion of our students.

When we review tuition assistance applications, we look for financial need, student merit, and motivation. We are able to offer assistance to cover anywhere from 10-50% of the tuition cost of our courses. We accept and review applications for assistance throughout the year. Apply early! We reserve a limited number of spaces on each course for recipients..
Applicants are responsible for paying a $5 application fee.

For more info on tuition assistance at BOSS, see here or feel free to contact

Discounts for students and educators

Student/Educator Discount: We want to share our knowledge and passion with students and outdoor educators. All currently enrolled students and educators receive 20% off their BOSS course (Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Responder Recertification, and Slickrock Gathering courses excluded). We require proof of current enrollment/employment in order to offer this discount. For more information, please contact us.

For more information on discounts or our assistance program, visit our tuition assistance page.

BOSS Master Instructor Jeremy Thomas navigates the desert canyons in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument