FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

BOLD EARTH -- Teen Summer Camps Since 1976!

Teen adventure travel is the Bold Earth mission: Since 1976, Bold Earth has successfully welcomed over 15,000 teenagers from 50 states and more than 55 countries. Our full-time professional team is here for you to assemble the three components of a successful summer adventure:
  1. Itinerary: Bold Earth carefully researches and crafts hands-on, authentic itineraries which provde teenagers with deep and worthwhile summers to broaden their horizons personally and globally.
  2. Leadership: We screen, hire and train leaders who will exceed family's expectations for an unforgettable summer of safety, fun, friendship, mentoring and learning.
  3. Students: Careful and selective families are essential to the success of Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who join our programs. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic. Every student is interviewed and must submit two adult references.

IS BOLD EARTH FOR ME?

Bold Earth campers are fun, enthusiastic, creative and are looking to try new things! Whether you are looking for an adventure in Colorado, a service trip in Africa or a mixture of both in Europe - Bold Earth has the perfect summer adventure trip. Our small groups (Maximum of 15 students) ensures that our groups are cohesive and fun. Don't take our word for it! Call our references or join us to find out for yourself. The Bold Earth way of life is mature and incredible, fantastic and phenomenal. Over and over teenagers tell us that the friendships, activities, goals and motivations shared on Bold Earth are crystal clear. Our goal is that after just a short time, your Bold Earth trip will become the best decision of your life.

BOLD EARTH REVIEWS AND RATINGS?

We invite you to click on the links below to read independent reviews on Yelp Reviews and Google + Reviews
 
 

BOLD EARTH VS. HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Many families ask to compare Bold Earth Adventures to summer programs offered by their high school. Our full time focus, 39 years of experience and dedicated full-time staff set Bold Earth apart:
  1. Exceptional Communication: Before, during and after, our team is always available to answer your questions with the expertise and confidence that only a full-time professional team can provide.
  2. New Beginnings: Spending a summer away with new friends offers students an incredible opportunity for independence while trying out new skills, activities and exploring the world outside of your routine.
  3. New Role Models: Bold Earth trip leaders are mostly in their twenties. We carefully select highly competent leaders who combine responsibility and professionalism with a proven ability to relate to teens. Bold Earth leaders provide a fresh perspective compared to the teachers and coaches that you and your family have known for years.

Trip Specific Questions?

Each Bold Earth trip page has a FAQ page. The trip specific FAQ's provide families with in-depth information to frequently asked questions. In addition, families are encouraged to call our Colorado Office with questions or concerns. Bold Earth is open 7 days a week: 303-526-0806
 

STEPS TO ENROLL? CLICK TO BOOK YOUR TRIP

  1. Contact Us: Seven days a week, we encourage your calls or e-mails to answer your questions and to check availability.
  2. Interview: A five-minute phone interview is required.
  3. Download and submit an application.
  4. Camper Homepage: Accepted students immediately receive access to a digital page with a detailed clothing list, reading list, medical form, insurance form and participation agreement. Three weeks before your trip, we post a group list, description of your leader, detailed itinerary, flight list and final instructions.
  5. Contact Us Again and Again! We understand and embrace our responsibility to answer your questions. It is our goal to exceed your expectations for communication and guardianship.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TUITION?

You should be able to fully participate without any additional expense. Accommodations, activities, transportation during the trip (except one flight within Australia's Best), travel insurance to international destinations for USA students, meals, laundry, helmets, skis/boards (except Ultimate Alps), tents, etc. are included - EVERYTHING.
 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

Airfare to the start point, your return ticket home, personal medical insurance, e-mail access and personal items listed on the equipment list are not included with the tuition cost.
 

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

Payment can be made by check online, through the mail or by wire transfer. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. Call or e-mail us for payment instructions.
 

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

  • $400 is the most you can forfeit prior to May 15.
  • After May 15, there are no refunds unless you separately purchase Optional Tuition Insurance (OTI). Cost is $150 - $335, depending on tuition. Students who purchase OTI receive a full tuition refund minus $800 or a prorated refund for unused tuition.
  • Campers who cancel after May 15, are sent home for medical reasons or at the discretion of the camper, family, trip leader or Bold Earth Adventures will not receive a refund unless you purchase OTI.
  • Travel home costs are always the family's responsibility.
  • Campers sent home for alcohol, tobacco or drugs are not eligible for a refund even if they purchased OTI.
  • Bold Earth Adventures reserves the right to cancel any trip before the date of departure. If cancellation does occur, you have the option of receiving a complete refund or a transfer to another program.

WHAT ARE THE RULES?

Bold Earth rules are the foundation of a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer. Participants unable to abide by these rules should not enroll. Breaking these rules will result in dismissal without refund. Bold Earth reserves the right to search for illegal substances. Successful groups embrace standards and rules which unify the group and allow students the maximum about of trust and responsibility. Click on this link to read the full Bold Earth Participation Unity Agreement (PUA).
 

BOLD EARTH UNPLUGGED?

New social interaction, adventure and cultural experiences are the connection on Bold Earth. Yes, you can bring your phone or electronic devices to connect with your family at appropriate times. We encourage you to bring books, non-electronic games and instruments that can be shared with your new friends.
 

WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT?

Bold Earth is designed to be a fun summer of friendship, adventure and teamwork. We exceed the expectations of the vast majority of our customers. All you need is a willingness to try and the desire to make friends. You should speak with one of our office Directors to match your readiness and age with the right program. We encourage you to expect a lot of Bold Earth and your leaders because we are going to expect a lot from you! Bold Earth is not for everyone; an extremely low percentage of Bold Earth participants do not complete their trip. If you have problems with alcohol, drugs or tobacco, or you arrive with a negative attitude, you will be send home.
 

WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?

No Experience is necessary for the majority of Bold Earth's programs. Bold Earth mission is to teach repeatable lifetime adventure travel skills. Bold Earth is able to accommodate all skill levels and make it fun for everyone as long as you are open to adventure! Bold Earth leaders will enthusiastically meet you at your skill level.
 

WHAT IF MY FAMILY NEEDS TO CONTACT ME?

Our Colorado office is reachable by phone and e-mail 24 hours a day. All problems are handled immediately and the family is always contacted directly. Most trips include 1-2 mail stops or e-mail access at your expense.
 

DO I NEED TO GET IN SHAPE?

Bold Earth is designed as an active, adventure camp for teenagers. We recommend regular aerobic exercise for at least a few weeks before taking any of our trips. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your fitness, so you can get the most out of your Bold Earth experience.
 

DO YOU EVER CHANGE TRIP ITINERARIES?

Bold Earth tries to keep its itineraries as consistent as possible. Any changes made to the itinerary will be clearly communicated and will only be made in the interest of safety or a more successful trip.
 

WHAT ARE THE SAFETY STANDARDS?

Bold Earth is certified by all state and local agencies and accredited by the American Camp Association. We have voluntarily met or exceeded over 300 standards including leader qualifications, first aid, emergency procedures, vehicle safety, etc. Click to view Safety Standards.
 

INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY INSURANCE

Students on international (not USA) Bold Earth programs are automatically covered by emergency medical insurance and emergency evacuation coverage. For non-emergency medical situations Bold Earth does not provide health insurance coverage. International students should purchase medical insurance for non-emergency care while traveling in another country.
 

HOW DO I KEEP IN TOUCH WITH MY FAMILY?

Your trip leaders are required to call your family within two hours of arrival. You are then encouraged to call home about once a week so you can concentrate on your Bold Earth experience and bonding with your new friends. Of course we will call your family in any sort of emergency or if a medical concern comes up. Our Colorado office is available 24/7 during the summer in case of an emergency. Regular TRIP BLOGS are posted to our website with pictures. Families are notified by email each time a TRIP REPORT is posted.
 

JOIN WITH FRIENDS OR SHOULD I COME ALONE?

We strongly suggest you come alone; 85% of our campers do. Bold Earth will not accept more than three people in any group who know one another.
 

WHAT IS THE GROUP SIZE?

Small group size is what makes Bold Earth special, and allows for bonding and meaningful connections. With a maximum of 13 -15 campers with two to three adult trip leaders in your group, you are able to form close friendships with everyone on your trip. Lifelong friends and connections are the norm for Bold Earth.

WILL EVERYONE BE MY AGE?

39 years of experience with 15,000 alumni students has taught us that age is a key factor for unity and success. Bold Earth strives to place you in a group of campers who are your age and with students who share similar goals. A ten minute interview is required for each Bold Earth camper and groups are carefully formed to provide the best experience possible.
 

WHAT ABOUT SPENDING MONEY?

You should bring $75 for every week you'll be on your Bold Earth Trip. Spending money is tol cover souvenirs, personal items and impulse purchases. We recommend you bring cash, or an ATM card - Yes, ATM machines are accessible on every Bold Earth trip. We will assist you with currency conversion upon arrival.
 

WHAT KIND OF SKILLS DO I NEED?

Activities that require instruction are led by professional guides. Guides join our group with the expertise and equipment necessary to provide a high level of demanding, fun and safe instruction suitable for different levels of experience.
 

DO I NEED A PASSPORT/VISA?

A passport is required for all international trips. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and carry one tucked away in your luggage. Visa requirements vary by country and Bold Earth will notify you if one is required. Non-USA students must check local visa requirements.
 

WILL I NEED A PHYSICAL + VACCINATIONS?

Contact your family physician or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information. We will tell you about any required vaccinations or precautions for the country that you are visiting.
 

WHAT IS THE BOY/GIRL RATIO?

A Bold Earth director will interview you to match you with a trip which best matches your interests. The majority of Bold Earth trips will have an even mix of male and female students. The Bold Earth office is eager to find the perfect trip for you!
 

WHAT KIND OF DIVERSITY IS REPRESENTED?

  • Global diversity of staff and campers is an essential and valued part of Bold Earth. All races, creeds and colors are warmly embraced.
  • English is the primary language of Bold Earth (with the exception of our language trips).
  • Internationals join Bold Earth to improve their English skills; English language fluency is not required.
  • The more open you are to experiencing local culture the better your Bold Earth experience will be. Don't worry, at least one Bold Earth leader is fluent in the local languages.
  • Vegetarians, kosher, diabetics, food allergies, halal, medications and injections during the trip are all welcome. Please discuss any special needs with a Bold Earth director before enrolling.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS?

Bold Earth embraces stewardship for our public lands. Bold Earth operates in the Arapaho, Roosevelt, Gunnison, White River, Grand Mesa, Routt, Pike, San Isabel, Uncompahgre, Medicine Bow, San Jaun, Rio Grande, Ashley, Wenatchee and Olympic National Forests under Special Use Permits from the US Forest Service, USDA. Bold Earth also operates under a commercial use license in the following National Parks: Olympic, Yosemite and Volcanoes. In Alaska we operate in the Denali and Chugach State Parks. In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, America's Adventure is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination; write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
 

DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?

Our scholarship program allows teenagers from every background to enjoy Bold Earth. Applicants are carefully screened and scholarships are based exclusively on family income. • Click here to learn more about the Bold Scholarship Program. • Click here to learn more about the Bold Earth flexible discount program.