Bold Earth Teen Adventures
82% Rating
(5 Reviews)

Bold Earth Teen Adventures

Bold Earth Teen Adventures is the worldwide leader in teen adventure travel, specializing in incredibly fun multi-week trips around the world. Since 1976, more than 16,000 campers have joined Bold Earth for the summer adventure camp of a lifetime.

With 27 different programs on 6 continents, Bold Earth provides nearly endless opportunities for an unforgettable and deeply rewarding summer. All trips include community service, action-packed itineraries, carefully crafted groups, and life skill development.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Steph
Female
16 years old
Pelham

Best Summer of My Life

10/10

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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Kyla
Female
25 years old
Vallejo, California
California State University- Sacramento

Communicating without words

10/10

While I was in south Africa, I was volunteering with the UNESCO waterberg survey. We stayed in these amazing huts that were designed using cow manure. The women who ran the places we were staying did not speak English but spoke sepedi.I felt a sense of connection to these women already and had many conversations with them without having to use words but gestures. I helped them make skirts and fabrics and dry off dishes. It was powerful. They embraced me with hugs and waves every time I saw them. We communicated without words but there was much being said. These women made me feel like I was surrounded by family and considered them as family. Regardless of us not being able to verbally speak the other persons language, I still felt like we were connected and we understood one another. At one point, they gave me a name. They called me what sounded like montewoo which means mother elephant. I think it is spelled mmetlou but I am not sure. Every time I would see them they would shout the name out loud and embrace me with a hug. When I had to say goodbye to them, that was the hardest part of the trip. They knew I was leaving and the hug they provided was even longer.

How can this program be improved?

I think I would change the cost of the program. I would hope that there could be possible sponsorship or donations so more students could go especially students or people who might not have the funds that the program is requesting. I think many people need this experience of other countries and helping every one out. I think people need to help people out in any country especially when there are young people involved. I think making the program accessible for all people especially college students who might not be able to afford it would be a great way to improve the program.

Response from Bold Earth Teen Adventures

Thank you for such a thoughtful review of your Epic Africa trip! We're so happy to hear you had such a deeply enriching summer with us, and we appreciate that you took the time to share your experience!

Since 1976,
Abbott Wallis & the Bold Earth Team

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Michael
Male
47 years old
White Plains, New York
Other

Parents Take Caution

1/10

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
Male
42 years old
Atlanta
University of Georgia

Best Summer Decision

10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?

We wish it was all year long!

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MIchael
Male
19 years old
Saratoga Springs, NY

China was incredible!

10/10

I had the most amazing summer in China with Bold Earth! The leaders were friendly, experienced, and fun, and the itinerary was perfectly planned. The trip was a really good combination of adventure, culture, and fun!

How can this program be improved?

More cooking classes!

Program Listings

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Swaziland

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South Africa, Mozambique, & Swaziland in three incredible weeks! Embark on a deeply rewarding and adventurous three-country t...

China

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Hike the by Great Wall, go rock climbing, and take classes in Chinese cooking - experience the best of China! Your adventure...

Peru

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From the colonial city of Cuzco, we spend three days tracing the footsteps of the Incas to Machu Picchu. The sense of accompl...

Thailand

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Our journey starts in Bangkok, the city of canals, temples and amazing food! Traveling on bikes with a local guide, we tour t...

Costa Rica

Bold Earth Teen Adventures
This year, combine meaningful service with thrilling adventure for the summer of a lifetime. This two week trip is the perfec...

Costa Rica

Bold Earth Teen Adventures
The ultimate adventure tour of Costa Rica! Spend two weeks exploring the best adrenaline activities this tropical paradise ha...

Mexico

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Spend 12 days exploring the best that Mexico has to offer. Start off in Sayulita, the iconic surfing village outside of famou...

Spain

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Immerse yourself in Spanish culture! Spend 5 days taking a fun, conversational Spanish language class in beautiful Sitges on...

Ecuador

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Explore the incredible Galapagos Islands! This 21-day adventure will take you to the turquoise waters of the Galapagos Island...

Switzerland

Bold Earth Teen Adventures
This two week trip will take you to France, Switzerland, and Italy - by foot! Spend 8 days hiking around Mont Blanc, the high...

Fiji

Bold Earth Teen Adventures
Craving an authentic, one-of-a-kind overseas adventure? Fiji Dive Service is a two-week exploration of islands, diving, reefs...

Australia

Bold Earth Teen Adventures
Explore the best that Australia has to offer! From the wild outback to the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef, experience authe...

Italy

Bold Earth Teen Adventures
Explore Italy like nobody else! This fourteen day adventure will bring you to small, authentic Italian villages, around incre...

Costa Rica

Bold Earth Teen Adventures
This 3-week program in Costa Rica strikes the perfect balance of service, Spanish language instruction, and adventure! Your t...