Summer Teen Travel in the USA with Bold Earth

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Bold Earth was founded in 1976 operating multi-week adventure travel programs throughout the western United States and Canada. Since 1976, we've retained the very best of our USA programs, and have also added adventures in Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. For many of our international programs, we've been operating on-the-ground for nearly three decades.

Our domestic programs in Hawaii, Colorado, Utah, California, Nevada, and Arizona are camping-based adventures that allow students the opportunity to travel in small, cohesive groups while having a ton of fun! No wilderness experience is necessary for any of our programs. Our trips travel through the best of the western USA and Hawaii, and include activities like surfing, rock climbing, white water rafting, hiking, visiting national parks, snorkeling, service projects, and more.

Experience the beauty of the United States as you've never seen before with Bold Earth's USA adventure travel programs!

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8.71 Rating
based on 7 reviews
  • Growth 8.7
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8.6
  • Housing 8.6
  • Safety 8.6
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Kayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An unforgettable summer!

I went on the Ultimate Costa Rica trip with Bold Earth last summer, and it was such an unforgettable experience! I made so many new friends around the world through this trip and they quickly became family as we spent 3 weeks together. This trip pushes you out of your comfort zone by allowing you to interact with people you've never met and pushing you to do activities that you may not be able to do back at home. We did so many fun activities that I can't do in my state like surfing, snorkeling, and ziplining! We also got the chance to participate in service work which gives back to the community and gives you the opportunity to connect with the locals. This trip not only improved my Spanish, but it also taught me a lot about the culture as we stayed with host families, ate local food, and explored different areas of the country! I would definitely recommend traveling with Bold Earth!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would recommend to be present and live in the moment. It's very easy to wonder about what is going on back at home or to think about what you are going to do when you return, but doing this takes away from the limited time that you have on your trip! The time flies by so fast, so you should definitely enjoy the time that you have together!
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Sellers
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ultimate Costa Rica was a trip of a lifetime!

I loved the Costa Rica trip and feel like it helped me grow not only in my Spanish but as a person as well. It pushed me out of my comfort zone constantly with all of our adventures and doing stuff that I had never done before. Traveling by myself to a new country was probably the scariest thing I have ever done but I met some of the coolest people who I still talk to today. Staying in homestays with strangers who speak a different language is something I will never forget. This trip taught me how to live courageously and be willing to take risks. It exponentially improved my Spanish as well as my ability to look at things through a new perspective. Costa Rica was life changing and I would highly recommend to everyone!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment for me was the first time we met our host families. I was super nervous because my Spanish was not super good. Very quickly though, I overcame my fears because of how nice my family was. They were super sweet and approachable, always helping me with my Spanish while I helped them with their English.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

We're so glad your Bold Earth trip made a positive impact on you! You were a great student, and we're proud of all you accomplished. Thank you Sellers!

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Jordan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer of my Life

I was a part of the Hawai’i trip in the summer of 2019. The leaders of the trip became my friends and I created life long bonds with the other campers. Everyone was so nice and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect community! Coming in I was an introvert and was scared of not making any friends. After only one week it felt like you hade known these people for years and years. There wasn’t one day that I went to bed hungry do to the amazing cook crews. I would recommend this trip for anyone looking for a big adventure and some new friends.

Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks for the great review Jordan! You were a big part of what made that trip successful, and we love that you're still close with all your Bold Earth friends!

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John
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Summer Experience

My daughter Allison went on a summer trip with Bold Earth to Hawaii, and I can't say enough about the experience. When we signed her up, we thought it would be a fun teen tour (which it was). We were grateful to hear that she learned some useful skills (cooking), and that the counselors were kind and focused on teaching her leadership skills. She continues to stay in touch with all the kids from the trip, and she's planning to do an international trip with Bold Earth. Thanks to Bold Earth for taking such great care of her!

What would you improve about this program?
Bold Earth has some great looking trips, but would love a trip to Belize!
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

We're thrilled to hear how much Allison enjoyed her trip, thank you for your kind words! We feel a Bold Earth experience can make a huge impact on young people's lives, and we're glad that it did that for your daughter. Hope you've enjoyed the meals she's been cooking!

Steph
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer of My Life

This was definitely my most diverse, fun, educational, and memorable summer. I went to camp knowing 2 people from school, but it didn't impact my bonding with the other 10 people and our two leaders. Since we traveled all over the West Coast during the Bold West trip, we got to do everything from rock-climbing to white-water rafting to surfing to exploring Vegas. When I first heard that we would cook all of our own meals, I was terrified that we'd all starve to death, because I didn't know how to cook. During the course of the trip, I learned how to improvise meals and how to cook with limited supplies. (I also really enjoyed food shopping, as I usually got driven around in a cart.) I made so many friends who I still keep in touch with. I'm even meeting up with a friend during the Costa Rica trip I'm doing this summer!! All in all, this was a great experience and I definitely recommend it to every teen out there.

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Michael
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Parents Take Caution

My son Tyler died while on the Bold Earth Hawaii tour in the summer of 2012. He was swept out to sea after tour guides failed to follow high surf warnings and lead the group into an unsafe tide pool. These guides, who were responsible for leading the teens on a kayaking and hiking trip that day, were not trained in oceanic conditions - they had no cell phones, and no safety equipment on hand. After my son went missing, company leaders waited 5 hours to contact us and let us know what happened. When we arrived in Hawaii the following day, we discovered that the tour had continued, and no one from Bold Earth was there to meet us. Parents should use extreme caution when selecting a tour company for their children. Research backgrounds and experience of tour leaders and the company as a whole.

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Mark
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer Decision

My son Mark went on Bold Earth's Bold West the summer of 2013, and it is safe to say this is one of the best experiences we as a parent, and he as a camper has ever had.
Mark got home and could not stop talking about all the places they went, and the amazing adventures they had. One week they were on a two day rafting trip in California, and they were surfing in Santa Cruz the next.
The trip leaders were so great, and Mark went on and on about how cool they were.
The entire time the leaders kept a blog so we could stay informed about what was happening on the trip, and it had pictures of all the activities. The staff in the office was so helpful and knowledgable I didn't have to stress about a thing.
Mark is planning on a trip in Australia for summer 2014.

What would you improve about this program?
We wish it was all year long!