Each student participating in a Summer Course will received a SOAR T-shirt. In addition, we have developed a series of incentives for summer students as a token of our appreciation for the enthusiasm and experience they bring to our SOAR courses:
-1st year summer alumni
will receive a SOAR Waterbottle*
-2nd year summer alumni will receive a multitool
-3rd year summer alumni will receive a camp chair*
-4th year summer alumni will receive a fleece vest*
-5th year summer alumni will receive a summit Day Pack
-6th year summer alumni will receive a Camelback hydration pack
-7th year summer alumni will receive a Thermarest self-inflating camp
*Items are also available for purchase when registering online, and will be available on the first and last day of each course. Additionally, we have SOAR hats, and a variety of SOAR Pins available for purchase. See product descriptions below for more information.
A classic! The SOAR T-shirt has artwork on the front and back. The back highlights our varied adventure activities, and reminds you that the " Journey is the Destination". In addition to the t-shirt you receive at camp, you can also purchase one for family and friends!
Sizes: Adult S ˆ XL
Color: Varies by size
Be sure to keep your face protected from the sun with the SOAR Hat! This adjustable cotton hat can be worn in the woods or around town, and features the SOAR logo with eagle and mountains. Be sure to also check out the SOAR pins that can be placed on the hat!
SOAR Adventure Pins:
These pins feature our variety of adventure activities
and can be placed on your backpack, SOAR hat, or anywhere you'd
Choices: Llama Trek, Whitewater Rafting, or Backpacking
Price: $3.00 each
Hydration is an important key in enjoying any outdoor adventure! This popular durable water bottle comes customized with SOAR‚s logo. At 32 oz, it is a great size for staying hydrated while hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and any other outdoor activity!
SOAR Camp Chair:
Tired from a long day of adventure? Get ready to relax by the campfire with your own camp chair. This versatile chair features the SOAR logo, and can be used not only as chair, but also a seat in a canoe or stadium, and can be opened completely for extra padding under your sleeping bag!
SOAR Fleece Vest:
Need to stay warm on a cool fall night? The SOAR Logo Vest is a great way to keep your core warm, and can be layered for added warmth. This vest uses Polartec 200 Fleece, which is designed to work together and individually to keep you warm, dry and comfortable for leisure and active wear.
Sizes: Limited Sizes Available
One of our “Four Essentials”, this whistle is an important wilderness safety tool. It is engraved with SOAR’s logo and comes if 4 colors: blue, green, red and silver.
Color: Blue, green, red and silver
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: