Since 1976, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) has provided life changing outdoor learning experiences to people of all abilities, providing a sense of freedom to those who are routinely excluded from outdoor activity due to a disability or special need. Whether adaptive skiing in the Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program at Breckenridge or Keystone ski resorts, paddling the West’s great rivers, or mastering the high ropes course, BOEC inspires people of all abilities to discover new places, learn new skills and rekindle their spirit in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
BOEC offers camps and retreats for individuals and custom group programs to anyone with any type of disability throughout the calendar year. Available for individual sign-up are a number of adaptive recreation camps, retreats and activities. Each of these camps and retreats are designed for specific needs, age and ability levels. The custom group programs are custom-designed, multi-day, overnight adaptive recreation experiences for groups and agencies that are tailored to the ability level of the participants. These programs include all meals, activity instruction, 24-hr. supervision, special equipment and on-course transportation. We offer both site-based & wilderness activities from rock climbing, canoeing, white water rafting, hiking, team initiatives, ropes course, Nordic skiing, outdoor skills, Leave No Trace environmental ethics and so much more.
BOEC’s programming can be separated out into four different categories; winter, summer, internships and volunteers. Within these categories, we conduct over 10,500 participant days annually, serving 2,800 individuals per year. BOEC also provides over $250,000 per year in scholarships for participants with financial needs.
BOEC evaluates the effectiveness of its programs on an ongoing basis by partnering with the US Department of Education and Colorado Department of Rehabilitative Services. Programs have shown significant positive impact on participants’ lives. BOEC also partners with equipment manufacturers in research and development for adaptive technology.
BOEC is a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Through various special events and contributions from individuals, foundations, businesses and government agencies from around the country, BOEC is able to provide high quality programs that are affordable and accessible.
It is said that “Attitudes are the real disabilities.” BOEC endorses this view and welcomes all who are interested to become part of a very unique family. Simply contact us and we will find an educational experience that is perfect for you and your needs.