Blogging at the BOEC

BOEC’s Heroic Military Program

Kirk of The Not Forgotten veteran group shared his experience after a ski trip with BOEC: “I really cannot explain in words how important this trip has been for me and the newfound friends and colleagues along the way. This has included having the opportunity to [...]

Reflecting on the Winter Season: Honoring the Committed Volunteers, Staff, and Interns at BOEC

BOEC’s Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program brought excitement, smiles, and a sense of wonder to those of all abilities through winter sports this season. This took the collaboration and dedication of numerous instructors, volunteers, and interns, teaching close to 3,000 ski, snowboard, and Nordic ski lessons [...]

Over Two Decades of Thrills: FVSRA’s Transformative Skiing Adventures with BOEC’s Adaptive Programs

In a remarkable 23-year collaboration, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) and Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) have partnered to bring the joy of outdoor adventures to FVSRA participants through BOEC's Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program and Wilderness Programs. This past January, a group of eight [...]

The Past Year in Review at BOEC

It takes an entire community of donors and community partners, staff, board, volunteers, interns, participants, and clients, to come together and complete a year of programming and events at BOEC. We are grateful to our community for this collective effort and we are eager and proud [...]

The Not Forgotten Of Great Britain

Sitting down for a chat with The Not Forgotten’s Chief Executive, Colonel (RETD) Richard Walker OBE, and Head of Events, Rosie Thompson MBE, on a warm, sunny afternoon at Beaver Run Resort, gave a vivid picture of their passion and the work that goes into this important organization. The [...]

Donor Spotlight: Brad Taylor

There are a myriad of different ways to give to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC), and when we consider someone like Brad Taylor, he nearly covers them all. The Oklahoma native gives back with his time and energy through our Volunteer Program, provides much needed funding and support [...]

Kyle Coon: Back on Skis

I dropped my skis on the ground and scraped the tiny bit of snow that had accumulated on the bottom of my boots off on the brand new bindings I’d had installed on my Kastle (pronounced Kest-lee) twin tips. For ski gear aficionados, no I can’t ski backwards wel [...]

A True BOEC Family Affair: Meet the Pritchards

A little over five years ago, Ben Pritchard was lying in a hospital bed wondering what the future held for him. It was September 10th, 2016, a day on which Ben’s life would change forever. At just 24 years old, the native of Mumbles, Wales was involved in a [...]

Donor Spotlight: The Elevation Fund

In honor of the month of love, February’s Donor Spotlight shares with you a story of giving that features The Elevation Fund, a group of local couples who have formed a deep friendship and have uniquely come together to celebrate and support a cause they are all passionate about. [...]

Thank You BOEC Community!

As we near the end of this season’s holiday giving season, we would like to take a moment to express our sincerest gratitude to all of you that contributed to the BOEC this year. Every hour volunteered, every dollar donated, every drop of sweat perspired and every ounce of [...]

Donor Spotlight: Frank Martinez

When you think of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC), an elephant or a lion or a giraffe is not often the first association that comes to mind. However, we are very grateful to feature for October’s donor spotlight a unique connection between one of our most dedicated ski [...]

12th Annual Tee It Up Event Summary

This year's Tee It Up Golf Scramble sold out for the third year in a row and was the most successful tournament to date, raising over $70,000 for BOEC's adaptive outdoor programming, including the Keystone Adaptive Center and BOEC’s Heroic Military Program. A special thanks goes out to all [...]

BOEC Ropes Course Like No Other

Nestled between the lodgepole pines and blue spruce trees at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 9 lies BOEC’s crown jewel, it’s 39-acre Wilderness Campus. Located at 9,938 feet in elevation the campus is equipped with the 6,000 square foot Griffith Lodge, an old miner’s cabin from the [...]

Donor Spotlight: Peggy Manchester

This month’s Donor Spotlight features Peggy Manchester who is a hero in our hearts for being a key participant at our Adventures Within (AWI) retreats, and for recently arranging a planned gift to BOEC. AWI is a series of retreats the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) hosts which provide [...]

Donor Spotlight: Davignon Charitable Fund

Since 2012, the Davignon Charitable Fund (DCF) has been supporting the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) in a variety of ways, ranging from vehicle upkeep to equipment donations. Even prior to any financial commitments from DCF, the Davignon family participated with The  Hartford Ski Spectacular, an event in Breckenridge [...]

Donor Spotlight: Snow Sports Alliance

April’s donor spotlight includes all of the generous supporters who make the Snow Sports Alliance Program (SSA) possible. The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) would like to give a huge thank you to Alpine Bank, The Summit Foundation, Mountain Mentors, Blue River Sports/Mountain Wave, and Beaver Run Resort & [...]

Donor Spotlight: Dave and Mary Durham

Tears of joy are fairly common all around at BOEC. From participants feeling the freedom of outdoor recreation to our staff, volunteers, and donors who witness these events and learn about BOEC’s inspirational stories. As you are well aware by now, it’s the development team’s goal to understand the [...]

Finnegan Rudersdorf: Never Give Up!

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) adaptive ski participant, Finnegan Rudersdorf, was only four years old when diagnosed with a genetic disorder so rare it is believed there are fewer than 100 cases in the world. However, “Finny,” with the support of his family and the BOEC, does not let [...]

Donor Spotlight: Gravity Haus

Aerial view of Gravity Haus in Breckenridge Gravity Haus (GH) is the Donor Spotlight this month because of their new and impactful dedication to our cause. BOEC and GH have a synergy of missions, so developing this new corporate partnership came effortlessly. Gravity Haus aims to create [...]

Soul of Summit County: ifurnish’s Tony & Kelly Pestello Support BOEC Among Others

If you’ve been in Summit County long enough, you’ve undoubtedly heard of ifurnish. Not necessarily because of any sort of widespread advertising campaign but more likely because of the company’s predominance in supporting many of the areas nonprofit organizations however they can. While, yes, ifurnish’s proprietors, Tony and Kelly [...]

Donor Spotlight: Nichole Lutz

Hi, my name is Nichole Lutz. I'm originally from Houston, TX but live in Denver, CO now. Career wise, I started off in the oilfield and now I'm in construction as a project manager. As for hobbies, I love sports. I play soccer quite often and that's actually how [...]

11th Annual Tee It Up Event Summary

The 11th Annual Tee It Up Golf Scramble was the most successful golf tournament to date, raising over $50K for BOEC’s Adaptive Programming, and selling out with 136 golfers on the course. Huge thanks to all our sponsors, golfers, volunteers, and Keystone Staff. This year’s format was a bit different [...]

Donor Spotlight: Zach Dobrota

September’s donor spotlight is Zach Dobrota who gives in more ways than one to the BOEC. If we need golf advice, we turn to Zach, as he is the Copper Golf Pro and Zach was instrumental in donating a 2021 Copper Season Pass to the recent BOEC Tee It Up [...]

Donor Spotlight: Mario & Emilio

Each donor at BOEC has special connections to our programming in one way or another, and we love learning about every supporter’s story. What’s more, is that several donors work for companies that match, double and sometimes even triple their donations. Emilio participates in BOEC's Adaptive Ski [...]

Donor Spotlight: John Parke

John doing what he loves best Every day we are fortunate to get to know more about those donors that give to BOEC. Every single person who gives has their own story about why and each is equally meaningful. This month we’d like to introduce you to [...]

BOEC Supports Community Food Bank

As the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to disrupt all aspects of everyday life in Summit County and around the world, many individuals, businesses and organizations are taking the opportunity to give back to their communities in a variety of ways. In our neck of the woods, the [...]

Recycle Sports Gives Back to BOEC

In Summit County where there are quite a number of great ski and snowboard shops, Recycle Sports in Frisco sets itself apart as one of the only local consignment sports shops where you can find new and used gear. The owners of Recycle Sports, Steve and Janet Van Wieringen, [...]

Donor Spotlight: Nancy Fegley

Nancy Fegley Tell us About Yourself: I live in Breckenridge and Easton, PA. I grew up in Pennsylvania and attended college in PA. I have a degree in Medical Technology and an MBA. I had the opportunity to have a career in healthcare and many years in [...]

Nonprofits, businesses join forces to bring back the Snow Sports Alliance program

Summit Daily News – Taylor Sienkiewicz (January 12, 2020) BRECKENRIDGE SKI RESORT — On Sunday, Jan. 12, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center hosted representatives from Alpine Bank, Mountain Mentors and The Summit Foundation for a day of skiing and riding at Breckenridge Ski Resort through the newly reinstated Snow Sports [...]

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center youth snowsports program returns after lack of funding

Summit Daily News - Antonio Olivero (January 3, 2020) The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center — a Breckenridge-based nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the potential of people with disabilities and special needs — announced Thursday that a sports program for local youths will take place this winter after a hiatus [...]

Veteran, public speaker and bestselling author Jason Redman takes adaptive ski lessons in Breckenridge

Summit Daily News - Taylor Sienkiewicz (January 2, 2020) Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman traveled to Breckenridge with his family over the New Year’s holiday to work with an adaptive ski instructor at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Redman was wounded in Iraq in 2007 after taking a machine [...]

BOEC hosts Cleft Camp

The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center hosted its annual Cleft Camp this week, partnering with Children’s Hospital Colorado Springs for the first time. The three-day camp that ended Friday provides the hospital’s 10- to 18-year-old cleft clinic patients with the chance to take part in the center’s outdoors programming, including [...]

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