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Today we are here to celebrate and cherish some of the most important individuals in the SOAR community: the alumni. With a return rate of 35%, our alumni have had an incredible impact at SOAR over the past forty-five years. This return rate stands as a testament to our commitment of creating a welcoming environment that campers can’t wait to come back to year after year. Therefore, this is a celebration of the steadfast spirit, lasting friendships, and transformative adventures that define the journey of being an alumni at SOAR. Join us in celebrating our 5-year alumni and reliving the moments that made this camp an unforgettable chapter in their lives! 

New Incentives for Every Year

Each year at SOAR brings a new and exciting surprise, adding an element of anticipation to every trip. In Year 1, campers are given a durable Nalgene water bottle, to bring with them during each expedition. The surprise continues in Year 2 with a headlamp for campers to use in many of our non-electrical sites. As campers progress through the years, they collect a mess kit in Year 3 and an upgraded metal water bottle in Year 4. By Year 5, we recognize the evolving needs of our seasoned participants by giving them a practical daypack for extended excursions. Year 6 brings a Camelback, perfect for staying hydrated during longer treks. Lastly, in Year 7 campers receive a sleeping pad, to ensure a well-deserved rest after years of outdoor adventures. This annual tradition allows for us to give back to the alumni who help to make SOAR’s camp community what it is today. 

Adding to the Totem Pole

Along with receiving a daypack, SOAR’s 5-year alumni get to mark their journey through a time honored tradition: adding their name to the SOAR totem pole. Our totem pole stands tall in the heart of our camp and is adorned with the names of our seasoned campers. It’s not just any plaque – it’s a badge of honor, a mark of five years of laughter, friendship, and countless adventures. When our campers hit that five-year milestone, they earn the privilege of adding their name plaque on the totem pole, becoming a part of SOAR’s living history. As the totem pole grows, so does the legacy of our SOAR community, leaving a testament to the bonds formed and memories created throughout the years.

Our 5-Year Alumni

Here is a list of our current 5-year alumni along with the courses they attended. We recognize these amazing individuals as pillars of our camp community and as a part of our SOAR family!

  • Adam Bass:
    • NC Llama Trek- 2018, 2018
    • Christmas Keys Adventure- 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
    • Family Weekend- 2018
    • WY Twice Exceptional: 2021
    • NC Twice Exceptional: 2022
    • NC Discovery: 2023
    • California Coastal Adventure: 2023
  • Edward Raymer:
    • NC Llama Trek- 2018, 2019
    • NC Classic- 2021
    • NC Canoeing- 2022
    • NC Discovery- 2023
  • Justin Adams:
    • Florida Keys Adventure- 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
    • Florida Scuba Open-water- 2021
    • ILS- 2022
  • Kelly Conklin:
    • NC Llama Trek- 2016
    • NC Classic- 2017, 2018
    • NC Discovery- 2017
    • WY Canoe Adventure- 2019
    • WY Horsepacking Adventure- 2019
    • NC Expedition- 2023
    • NC Discovery- 2023
  • Owen White:
    • NC Llama Trek- 2018, 2019
    • NC Classic- 2021
    • NC Canoeing- 2022, 2023
  • Sofia Mateo:
    • NC Llama Trek- 2018, 2019
    • Christmas Keys Adventure- 2018, 2022, 2023
    • NC Horseback Riding- 2021, 2022
    • NC Expedition- 2023, 2024
    • Costa Rica- 2023
  • Sophia Rizzo:
    • NC Llama Trek- 2016
    • NC Horseback Riding- 2017, 2018
    • NC Twice Exceptional- 2021
    • NC Canoeing- 2023
  • Walker Gound:
    • NC Discovery- 2018, 2019, 2021
    • NC Twice Exceptional- 2021
    • WY Horsepacking Adventure- 2022
    • NC Expedition- 2023
  • Wilson Mayberry:
    • WY Horsepacking Adventure- 2017, 2021
    • CA Coastal Adventure- 2018
    • Florida Keys Adventure- 2018
    • FL SCUBA Open-water- 2019
    • Caribbean Sailing/Scuba Adventure- 2019
    • Costa Rica- 2023

Being an alumni of SOAR is a celebration of triumph, friendship, and personal growth. It’s a testament to the resilience and strength that comes from embracing challenges head-on. Each of these campers attended multiple courses over the years, and were never afraid to try new things and get out of their comfort zone. Over the last 5-years we have watched them grow from these adventures into incredible mentors, leaders, and adults, and we couldn’t be more proud! 

As we celebrate their journey, let’s also look forward to the continued impact of their experiences, knowing that the spirit of adventure and camaraderie will forever be a part of who they are. Here’s to the triumphs, the friendships, and the everlasting joy of being an alumni at SOAR! Book your spot in one of our summer camps today, and join the legacy of those who have soared before you!