Program Safety

     We, the staff of Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC), look forward to having you, your child or your family member join us for a program experience on the ski slopes, at our Breckenridge campus and/or in one of our “wilderness” venues.  Below, you will find important information about BOEC, our activities and the potential risks involved in participation.  Please read this information carefully, ask us any questions you might have prior to your participation.

     BOEC is a non-profit organization that has been in operation since 1976, providing outdoor adventure programs for people of all ages and abilities. We offer activities and programs for groups and individuals throughout the year.  BOEC strives to structure its activities to address the specific goals and abilities of its students.

     All activities conducted by BOEC are consistent with the standards set out by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and the Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA).  You can be confident in knowing that BOEC is accredited by AEE, an outside, independent organization that has reviewed and approved BOEC’s policies, practices and educational components.  The AEE only accredits those programs that meet its standards.

     Please know that participation in BOEC activities involves risk.  These risks will be greater than most people encounter in their daily lives, which is what BOEC is all about.  Providing high quality programs in a risk-managed environment is a priority at BOEC, however, we  cannot eliminate all risks in adventure activities such as snow skiing or boarding, rafting, rock climbing or most of the activities that we do.  These activities can cause injury and even serious injury.  As with any outdoor adventure, under rare circumstances, the activity can even result in death.

     It is of utmost importance to us that you not engage in activities that are opposed by you, your family, or your doctor due to illness, physical or mental infirmity, or any other health/medical condition that you may have, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed.

     To help us try to manage these risks it is very important that all program participants follow all directions given by BOEC staff.  Please ask questions whenever a procedure or activity is unclear to you.  If a program participant currently is taking prescription medications, including medical marijuana or other alternative therapies, it is imperative that these medications be disclosed in the confidential medical form.  Use of or being under the influence of alcohol or judgment affecting drugs while participating in adventure activities is unsafe and strictly prohibited.

     We believe that it is in everyone’s interest that risks are disclosed, understood, and accepted prior to participation at BOEC.  As a participant and or the parent or legal guardian of a participant, you will receive and will be asked to sign the Acknowledgement of Risk/Assumption of Liability Form.

     If you have any questions or comments about this Release or the level of risk at BOEC, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We welcome your questions, suggestions and feedback.

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