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Outdoor Education

We teach outdoor survival and primitive skills and offer a unique physical and mental challenge in the famously stunning wilderness of southern Utah.
The Boulder Outdoor Survival School began in 1968 as a course at BYU called Youth Leadership 480. Education is still the focus of all our wilderness expeditions and skills courses. You can earn college credit for any of them through Western Colorado University. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, we can also offer significant financial aid to qualified applicants.

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 about it. AmeriCorps awards can also be used through WSCU.

Financial aid

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

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

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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 financial aid program, visit our financial aid page.
BOSS Master Instructor Jeremy Thomas navigates the desert canyons in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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