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Bold Earth Adventures

About

Welcome to Bold Earth! Since 1976, we have served more than 20,000 families through our adventure and travel programs. Our itineraries are designed to maximize fun, foster personal growth, and create close-knit communities. Our goal is to create the safest, most exciting, and most substantive summer adventure travel experiences for teenagers through our personal attention to every student, our caring, and our competence.

Website
boldearth.com
Founded
1976

Reviews

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Logan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bold Alps Review!

I am a student that has been on two Bold Earth trips so far, and I can't recommend them enough. I just got back from two weeks hiking in the Alps, and I am still in awe. I am an aspiring photographer, so there was no shortage of material, but I think what made the trip special was the people. The trip leaders were knowledgeable and super fun, and all the other students were just as excited as I was. Together we hiked through stunning landscapes while eating the best fresh baguettes and cheese you have ever had! The trip also felt really safe, so for anyone on the fence about going overseas with a bunch of strangers: GO FOR IT. I have been nervous before both of my trips, and I don't regret a minuet of either of them. They really were some of the best weeks of my life!

Pros
  • The leaders are fun and excited, while still being knowledgable and mature.
  • The the places that you visit are incredible.
  • The people that you meet are super excited to be there which makes it a great environment to explore in.
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Marisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

You will look back with gratitude and memories to last a lifetime!

No matter how you are involved with Bold Earth (student, parent, trip leader, office team) you will get to understand how special this company truly is. From incredible opportunities for growth and leadership, to gorgeous natural settings, to stories around the campfire or playing hilarious games under the stars, you will feel the MAGIC of this incredible community. It is something that is so hard to explain until you are a part of it, however I know it started from the first time I called the office staff. Bold Earth’s intentionality for life-changing experiences is palpable and I can say with clarity that my first summer with Bold Earth truly changed my life for the better. I couldn’t stop talking about it after the summer and I still love getting to share my experience with others all these months later. I can remember the memories like they were yesterday. I LOVE looking back at pictures of our California adventure. Our whole group was so close and felt like we had known each other much longer than 2 weeks. The Bold Earth staff does such an incredible job planning exceptional trips with activities like white water rafting, rock climbing, surfing, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, and more–there is really something for everyone. In the recent world that has been filled with so much uncertainty, Bold Earth has created such certainty in my life. The certainty of forming life-long relationships, of opening your mind to new ideas and experiences, connecting with nature, smiling non stop, and believing in yourself in a whole new way. Being involved with Bold Earth has been the best reminder that with intentionality and detailed planning my outdoor adventure goals of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and thru hiking the Camino de Santiago and trekking to Machu Picchu are absolutely within reach! I tell everyone I know about Bold Earth!!

Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks for your kind words Marisa, we really appreciate them! So glad you had a wonderful experience!

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing leadership, adventures, & support

The leadership team is personable and communicative with families; you can tell support and family are important values to the organization. They are easy to talk to on the phone and are always happy to answer questions leading up to and during the summer.

Itineraries - unbelievably fun. Full of diverse activities all over the world. I mountain biked, scuba dived, surfed, and overnight rafted for the first time on a Bold Earth trip, and the experiences I had on these programs helped make me into the outdoor adventurer I am today.

This company cares not just about the bottom line, but about every trip leader, student, parent, outfitter, and community where they operate. Highly recommend!

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Michelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you Bold Earth!

My daughter Samantha did the Bold Earth Hawaii trip this past summer. She was so nervous leaving, and came back a different kid! She still keeps in touch with her friends and LOVED her leaders. The trip was more than just fun, it was growth-oriented. Most importantly, I really appreciated the organization's attention to safety. From my first call with the office, they made me feel safe with their professionalism and attention to my daughter. They were kind and patient, and the leaders were very professional (not young college kids). We'll be back!

Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks Michelle! We really appreciate the kind words, and we're so glad to hear that your daughter had a great time. Her leaders really enjoyed her, and we're so glad to hear that you've seen positive growth from her Bold Earth experience. We're glad you noticed our focus on safety and risk management, looking forward to seeing her this coming summer!

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Jeff
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Outstanding experience with Bold Earth!

My son had an incredible, and most importantly SAFE experience with Bold Earth this past summer. I was incredibly impressed with the professionalism of the organization and the leaders, especially how they approached safety and risk management on the trip. They didn't just enforce strict safety rules, they taught my son how to help manage risk. He really connected with the counselors, and made some graet friends. It was more than just a teen tour, I loved the intentionality and the focus on growth. Highly recommend Bold Earth! Thanks for a great experience.

Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks Jeff, we're so glad to hear that your son had a great experience! We enjoyed getting to know him, and thanks for your kind words!

Programs

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Emory Capps

Job Title
Director

What is your favorite travel memory?

In 2016 I was traveling with a group of Bold Earth students in Fiji. We had just had our nightly meeting around a campfire, and were walking back to our homestay families, when we noticed that the stars were so bright that we didn't need our headlamps.

We all laid down on the sand and looked up at the greatest light show of all time. Unforgettable.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Over my years of working at Bold Earth I have learned to appreciate the fact that details matter. It is important to understand the greater picture, but paying close attention to the nitty gritty of travel experiences is something that I pride myself in.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

A couple of years ago I got a call from a former Bold Earth participant. It turns out that she and another camper on her trip got into the same college. They became college roommates and spent one summer traveling around Europe together.

Bringing people together is what Bold Earth is all about.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I am crazy about so many of our trips, and there are too many to choose from. But, if I had to pick one, it would be our Peru Machu Picchu trip. Peru has such a rich history and beautiful culture, and the Peruvians that I have met have been so warm and welcoming.

Also, on Peru Machu Picchu, Bold Earth hikes the Inca trail. This is for sure a bucket list item, and I am not sure how much longer there will be such free access to the ancient site of Machu Picchu.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Bold Earth is unique in the way that we get to know each and every one of our families, and how we build the best groups in the business because of our relationships with families.

We take the time to interview every participant that joins Bold Earth and at least one of their parents through an interview over the phone. The Bold Earth team really knows how to connect with teenagers and listen.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think that caring and listening to our participants and their families is the most important thing that a travel company can do.