This experience is designed specifically for high school graduates as they navigate the transition into adult life. This unique program provides instruction in organization, goal setting, independence, life skills and social skills. This course takes advantage of various regions of North Caronlina, and includes both adventures in the Blue Ridge mountains as well as the Outer Banks coast. Both courses will begin at the Balsam base. Here students will participate in a variety of activities to promote team building, including our high and low ropes courses. The mountain focus will include activities such as whitewater rafting, backpacking, mountain biking and rock climbing. The group will then travel to the Outer Banks where they may participate in sea kayaking, deep-sea fishing, environmental learning, sight seeing, and more. This course is designed to promote the development of time and money management, interpersonal communication, activity planning, and group participation. Service learning is also a component of the program.
Contact SOAR today at (828) 456-3435 or email@example.com to learn more about this exciting, fun-filled experience!
SOAR’s array of nationally recognized programs have successfully enriched
the lives of young people for more than 30 years by placing special emphasis
on providing each participant with opportunities to discover and develop his
or her own learning abilities.
Please call (828) 456-3435 for an online application today!
Session 1: 6/10 – 6/27
Session 2: 7/1– 7/18
Ages:18 - 25
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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: