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Survival Courses

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Field Courses

The BOSS Field Course has been our signature trip since 1968: Ultra-light travel through Southern Utah’s mountains, mesas and canyons with little more than a blanket, poncho, and a knife. No tents, sleeping bags, stoves, or backpacks, and definitely no watches, radios, or cellphones. Your goal on this wilderness survival course is to tackle big challenges as your small group hikes many miles and learns the skills you need to survive and thrive in the deep wilderness.

A BOSS Field Course is for those seeking a challenge, skill instruction by master instructors, and a chance to renew. No previous outdoor skills or knowledge is needed. Ready for the next level? The Hunter Gatherer course builds on the skills developed in field courses to truly live off the land in the famously beautiful and rugged Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument for an extended period of time.

Skills Courses

BOSS Skills Courses are held in a permanent primitive camp in one of our favorite locations, and include possible day and/or overnight trips into nearby areas for materials gathering. Some of BOSS’s most-skilled instructors will teach you primitive survival skills like cordage, friction fire, shelter construction, edible plants, and flintknapping. Instruction is hands-on and class sizes are small to ensure each student has ample access to our instructors. These courses trade the physical challenges of a field course for intensive skills practice from dawn to dusk.

A skills course is for those seeking focused time to build their primitive, traditional, and bushcraft skillset in a hands-on, primitive setting. No previous outdoor skills or knowledge is needed.

Navigation Courses

If you want to combine the advanced use of map and compass with the art of low-impact wilderness travel, BOSS has a course just for you: the 14-Day Navigator. Veteran instructors will teach you everything from map and compass to navigating by the stars in the context of group and solo wilderness travel.

A BOSS navigation course is for those seeking on-the-ground instruction and practice in land navigation, delivered by master instructors. No previous outdoor skills or knowledge is needed. Ready for the next level? The Advanced Navigator course builds on the skills developed in the 14-day navigator course to offer the most advanced and challenging navigation training our expert instructors can provide.

Wilderness Medicine Courses

BOSS offers Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification for guides, outdoor trip leaders, and others interested in outdoor medicine. These courses are coordinated with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS and taught at BOSS’s facility in Boulder, Utah in the spring.

Custom Courses

Looking for a personalized BOSS course? BOSS Custom Courses are designed specifically to meet your needs. In recent years, we’ve created a number of custom courses for Boy Scout troops, non-profit foundations, and even for people who just want to enjoy a modified BOSS experience. We’ve also provided customized experiences for newspapers, magazines, television programs, and movie studios, including VOGUE, 20th Century Fox, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, The History Channel, and National Geographic Television.