Bold Earth Adventure Camps

Bold Earth has organized adventure camps for teenagers since 1976. Throughout our 42 year history, over 17,000 participants have joined from all 50 states and 55 different countries!

Bold Earth teams will surf on the Kona Coast in Hawaii, backpack throughout the Alaskan wilderness, trek throughout the Swiss Alps, hang with giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands, scuba dive in colorful coral reefs in Fiji, and so much more! 

About Bold Earth Adventure Camps

A summer with Bold Earth means participating in authentic adventures that value leadership, friendship, and independence. The Bold Earth team strives for excellence by making sure we provide a safe, inclusive, and FUN environment for our participants! Our summer programs are a perfect balance of adventurous activities in beautiful places, service projects and giving back to the communities we visit, and a whole lot of laughing!

The Employee Experience

Bold Earth seeks participant and Trip Leader applicants who's values align with the following:

  • Unity
  • Respect
  • Kindness
  • Teamwork
  • Adventure

Bold Earth seeks professional and positive role models. Trip Leader's must know how to connect with everyone. This includes participants of all ages, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability. Trip Leader's should be safe, attentive, and invested in creating an inclusive environment. Bold Earth seeks to employ individuals who can facilitate an environment that empowers our participants, and has the skill-set to teach teens about leadership, responsibility, and respect within an adventure travel setting in an engaging, fun, goofy, and memorable way!

Bold Earth wants every participant and Trip Leader to walk away from our programs saying "I AM AMAZING!"

Ideal Candidate

Basic Trip Leader Requirements

  • Must be 21 years old by June 21, 2018.
  • College graduate, or in the process of completing a degree.
  • Proven leadership experience with teens.
  • Must exercise sound judgment and decision making skills to provide a safe and positive experience for participants.
  • No more than four points on driving record in the past three years.
  • A minimum certification in Advanced Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder, and Adult CPR by June 20, 2018. Wilderness EMT and Lifeguard Training are highly recommended.

Room and Board

Room and board? We've got you covered - A summer with Bold Earth is a vagabond's dream! All accommodations will be provided for Trip Leaders throughout the trip - whether it's camping in the backcountry of Alaska or on the beach in Hawaii, a hostel in Tuscany, a bush hut in Africa, or on a sailboat in Australia - you will have an awesome place to stay! Accommodations are also provided in between back to back trips.

Employee Perks

  • Pro-deals on outdoor gear.
  • Food and travel expenses paid for throughout program.
  • Experience with an awesome company!

Getting Here and Getting Around

June is the most exciting time of the year for us, because it means the Bold Earth summer is about to begin! Staff Training runs from June 21 to June 28, with first session programs starting June 30 or July 1. Our Trip Leader's come from all over the country, and we understand that getting to Colorado can be a huge task. Although all traveling will be done at your expense, we've got a couple options to ensure everyone arrives on June 21:

1. Should you choose to drive your car to colorful Colorado, you will have access to park it at our storage facility. Many Trip Leaders drive to Colorado - some make a road trip out of it! Upon request, we will gladly put you in contact with any Trip Leader's from your area for a rideshare situation.

2. If you're hopping on a plane and flying our way, we will coordinate pick up schedules to ensure you're not stranded at Denver International Airport!

We have no preference as to how you arrive, as long as you arrive safely and are ready to dive into an incredible community!

Once all Trip Leader's arrive in Denver, Bold Earth Directors will give a brief introduction to Bold Earth and what Staff Training will look like for the next week. We will break into our training pods, load up and hop into our vans, and cruise up to our campsite in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. It will be a long week full of workshops, great food, and fun games, as we dive into what it means to be a Bold Earth Trip Leader!

Our Jobs

Our employees get to live the dream! Bold Earth Trip Leaders are professional, positive role models - They’re simply the best in the industry. Our Trip Leaders know how to connect with participants of all backgrounds, are extremely safe and attentive, and most importantly are adventurous, goofy, fun, and LOVE what they do!

A Bold Earth Trip Leader must be 21 years old, a college graduate or in the process of completing a degree, certified as a Wilderness First Responder, has extensive experience working with teens, and is passionate about the Bold Earth mission! The average Trip Leader age is 26 years old, with a return rate of more than 50 percent each summer - We hire Trip Leaders who want to return for many summers to come!

The Bold Earth hiring process is competitive. We require the following for each applicant: An in-depth interview with the Bold Earth Director Team, a full Employment Background Check, and three personal references. This process results in the hiring of what we believe to be the most professional, safe, and experienced Trip Leaders in the industry.

Trip Leader

Since 1976, Bold Earth has set the standard for leadership in the teen adventure travel industry. Working for Bold Earth is a privilege with immense responsibilities. We hire professional Trip Leaders who are highly motivated role models with extensive experience working with youth. 

How to Apply

Applicants should visit our website, download and complete our application and return the completed PDF via email to 

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