California Expedition - SOAR Summer Camp

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Come explore the beauty of Northern California. The course begins as students fly into San Francisco and then head south toward Monterey Bay.  Students will enjoy the Monterey Bay Aquarioum and then venture out to the waterways to see first-hand this area’s unique aquatic life including sea otters and sea lions.  The group will sea kayak among kelp beds and explore the surrounding beaches and their wildlife.  From there, the group heads east toward the Yosemite National Park for adventure in the Sierras.  The groups will choose from activities including hiking to towering waterfalls, bouldering and climbing the granite rock, and mountain biking among the giant sequoias.  They will then head a bit further north toward Lake Tahoe for a multi-day backpacking trip through magnificent meadows and pine forests.  The course concludes with a spectacular day of whitewater rafting on the American River before heading back to the airport in San Francisco.


California Expedition

California Expedition - A SOAR adventure course

SOAR Adventure Camp

California Expedition - A SOAR adventure course

California Expedition

SOAR Adventure Camp for AD/HD Students

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Session I: - 6/23 - 7/7
Session II - 7/12 - 7/26
Session III - 7/31 - 8/14

Days: 15

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P.O. Box 388, Balsam, NC 28707

Philosophy: SOAR believes all individuals identified with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorder (AD/HD) possess inherent talents and gifts. These abilities can mean incredible success in adulthood once these students negotiate the challenging obstacles of childhood, adolescence, and a traditional education system, usually unable to respond to individual learning styles.

Therefore, the SOAR model is based on two fundamental principles. First, youth with LD and AD/HD flourish when they are encouraged to focus on their strengths in an experiential setting. The second principle acknowledges that success can be generalized by encouraging our students to develop and utilize strategies, enabling them to compensate for those challenging characteristics of LD and AD/HD. To this end, SOAR staff strive to ensure success for each student across a wide range of experiences. Such success, in turn, builds essential self-esteem and self-confidence.

Based on these two foundations, SOAR participants develop problem solving skills, effective communication strategies, increased self-awareness, and social skills. Program activities include a broad base of wilderness adventure experiences that empower students to make healthy choices, learn more about themselves, overcome challenges, and establish relevance from these experiences to other aspects of their life.

SOAR's Specialty Courses are open to SOAR alumni and students with the maturity and experience level to be successful on the course. Acceptance is conditional on the approval of the course director. Most specialty courses are led by one of SOAR's year-round staff including Richard Peters, John Willson and Joe Geier.

SOAR’s programs are designed to allow students the opportunity to increase their independence while away from home. Independence is gained through self-motivation and life skills instruction. With this in mind, we involve our students in many decision making processes, such as setting individual goals, developing group guidelines, as well as trip and meal planning. This also comes into consideration when developing SOAR’s communication policy, detailed in our Parent Handbook.

SOAR is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorder (AD/HD) and is proud to be the finest:

LD Summer Camp and ADD / ADHD Adventure Summer Camp