Enrollment Guidelines

Wilderness Program Guidelines

BOEC's Adaptive Wilderness Program

BOEC is committed to providing quality outdoor education to people of all abilities. Within this framework there are physical and legal guidelines the BOEC must follow to ensure the best experience for its students while remaining within the “standards of the industry.” The following guidelines are presented as an aid in determining the appropriateness of a prospective BOEC student. These general enrollment guidelines include the following items but are not limited to only these items.

Prospective students interested in BOEC Adventure Programs must consider that these programs are designed as adventure based education. Challenges will be presented due to the fact that the format is adventure based. Adventure is understood to contain elements of unpredictability and require effort. It does not translate into ease and comfort at every turn. These courses will be challenging both physically and mentally while remaining true to BOEC’s stated values as an organization including but not limited to Safety, one of our highest priorities, and a commitment to Challenge by Choice.

Medication:
BOEC does not administer medication to its students. We will assist with storage, prompting and counting of routine oral medication only. Routine oral medication is defined as any oral medication that the student has been taking long enough for dosage stabilization and side effect identification. BOEC will not alter any oral medication (E.G.: cut, break or crush pills). Prospective students requiring help with their medications must provide a care provider who will be responsible for the student’s medication.

BOEC's Adaptive High Ropes CoursePersonal Care:
Potential students on BOEC courses must be able to perform the following tasks or be accompanied by a personal care provider (supplied by the student): Dress and eat without assistance, perform all aspects of personal hygiene (toileting, meds, washing, teeth, etc.). Note: A “personal care provider” is defined as a person who accompanies a student on the program and assists the student with all necessary daily living skills. Personal care providers are supplied by the student at a reduced tuition rate.

Mobility:
BOEC Youth/Adult Adventure Programs are designed for people of all abilities. Programs have varying levels of challenge and commitment; therefore program planning will take into consideration aspects such as mobility and fatigue challenges on an individual level. Students interested water based programs must be able to wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Some prospective students may be unable to fit into a BOEC supplied PFD. Federal and state laws require that PFD’s be worn on BOEC’s water trips.

BOEC instructionAny student on a BOEC program must be able to perform the following tasks or be accompanied by a personal care provider to be supplied by the student: Sit up from a supine position on the ground, move from a sitting position on the ground to a chair if one is needed and transfer unassisted.

Behavior:
BOEC requires that all students be voluntarily involved in our programs. Guardians for or individuals who exhibit self-destructive or abusive behaviors should carefully consider the appropriateness of a BOEC program. All students must be willing and able to follow directions. Those requiring constant supervision must provide and be accompanied by a personal care provider, at their cost. The BOEC reserves the right to screen all applicants for their appropriateness on our programs.

Download Summer Enrollment Guidelines
Summer Program Interest Form
Summer Veteran Program Interest Form

Winter-Specific Guidelines

BOEC's Adaptive Ski Program for blind skiersAll information shared with us is critical to ensuring that we have selected the best option for each student, that we are able to provide proper fitting equipment, and that each person will have successful experience.

Stand Skiers, Snowboarders, Ski legs, and Sliders

  1. The largest boot size available for skiing and snowboarding size 15. Please note that the larger boots sizes may not be available if you do not call ahead.
  2. Stand-up skiers, snowboarders, ski legs, and slider users must be able to do the following:
    • Walk the distance of the lift line independently or with very minimal assistance from staff.
    • Must be able to stand after falling down either independently or with minimal assistance from staff. (Please note anyone’s inability to perform this task may limit their opportunity to ski)

Sit Down Skiers (Bi-Skis and Mono Skis)

  1. Weight limit for sit down skiers is 220lbs. This is a non-negotiable policy.
  2. Sit down skiers who are 6’3” or taller must call our office ahead of time to check that the proper ski equipment is available on the scheduled ski date/s. Please note there are a limited numbers of skis designed to fit a taller person.

For further questions or if you need to check on gear, please contact Claire DiCola: claire@boec.org or 970-453-6422.

Winter Program Interest Form
Winter Veteran Program Interest Form
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