This tropical adventure in the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas includes swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, tubing, and fishing. We also added an exciting new addition: a 21-ft boat, which allows students access to more offshore fishing, tubing, and island exploration. This course begins as students fly into Ft. Lauderdale and then head to the Keys. Students have an opportunity to snorkel the famous Looe Key Marine Sanctuary where they will explore the amazing coral reef and see a variety of tropical fish. Students will also visit historic Key West to visit aquariums and museums, experience the culture & architecture, and may even participate in a “Sunset Celebration” of Mallory Square. We board the Yankee Freedom and prepare for our four-day adventure on the tropical islands of the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson, just 90 miles from Cuba. Students spend their time fishing for tarpon, snapper, grouper and barracuda in one of the best fishing environments in Florida. In addition, participants will have a chance to go snorkeling, swimming, and exploring this island paradise by sea kayak.
Session I - 6/9 - 6/18
Session II - 6/23 - 7/2
Session III - 7/7 - 7/16
Session IV - 7/21 - 7/30
Session V - 8/4 - 8/13
Ages:11 - 18
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NC Base Camp (828) 456-3435
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: