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Welcome to Eagle View Ranch: SOAR Wyoming Base

When many people think of SOAR, they think of the winding drive up to base and the beautiful mountain landscape that surrounds it. Equally as beautiful and full of adventure is SOAR’s Wyoming Base, Eagle View Ranch, located in the heart of the Wind River Valley in Dubois. Since the late 1970s, SOAR has offered adventure programs in the Mid West, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that we broke ground on our Wyoming Base and began offering summer camps in Wyoming.

Why Dubois, Wyoming?Eagle View Ranch

SOAR’s Wyoming Base allows us to offer summer camps in wyoming and conveniently serve families in the Mid West and West Coast regions. Close to two major airports and an ideal location for adventure programs, Eagle View Ranch is located in the Upper Valley of the Wind River. The Wind River has an international reputation for some of the best hiking, fishing, and packing in the world.  Packing opportunities range from traditional backpacking to horsepacking, llama trekking, and mountaineering.  Rock climbing opportunities are numerous ranging from Sinks Canyon near Lander to the cliffs above Brooks Lake.  Likewise, there is incredible whitewater rafting on both the Snake River near Jackson and the Wind River near Thermopolis.  Dubois is also the gateway to two of the nation’s most scenic national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Other educational and adventure activities within two hours of Eagle View Ranch include:  the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois, a dinosaur museum and dig site in Thermopolis, the petrified forest in the Washakie Wilderness Area, and the Nature Conservancy Education Center at Red Rocks.

The Wyoming ExperienceOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Unlike SOAR’s Balsam Base, Eagle View Ranch offers a true ranching experience and activities specific to the Mid West region. During each Wyoming Course, campers will have the opportunity to rock climb and rappel in Sinks Canyon, Canoe the Whiskey Basin or Brooks Lake, raft the white water of the Snake River, experience the Dubois Rifle Range, go horseback riding on base, explore Yellowstone National Park including the Wolf and Grizzly Discovery centers, attend a traditional Dubois Rodeo, and participate in a camp-wide Cowboy Contest at the end of the course.

While SOAR’s Wyoming Base is a convenient options for families in the Mid West and West Coast, the courses offered are also an opportunity for campers who have been to SOAR before on one of our Balsam Base adventures to experience something new and different.

Eagle View Ranch Courses

WY Canoe Adventure

WY Academic Adventure

WY Horsepacking Adventure

WY Environmental Adventure

Now enrolling for Summer 2015!

GAP Year at SOARGAP Year at SOAR Students

Eagle View Ranch is also home to the GAP Year at SOAR. The GAP Year at SOAR is a unique program for young adults that specializes in a unique combination of academics, adventure, and life skills instruction for young adults, ages 18 to 24 diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and LD. The GAP Year at SOAR provides young adults with the opportunity to discover their talents, to increase self-reliance, and to experience life changing adventures. Developed directly from parent feedback, this program meets the needs of those who have graduated from high school, but are not quite ready to step into a university or work-force setting. Gappers are provided a structured environment in which they may pursue areas of interest and travel for the purpose of improving knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence, and self-sufficiency. Participants will alternate between Residential Living and Expedition Components. They will live in the Lodge at Eagle View Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming and will travel throughout the Western United States. This combination provides the opportunity to develop and experience:

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Community Involvement
  • High Adventure Activities
  • Expedition Planning
  • College Coursework
  • International Travel (Costa Rica or Belize)
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Learn more about the GAP Year at SOAR

What is a GAP Year?

Eagle View Ranch Staff

Jeremy Niedens

Jeremy-NeidensIn 2005, after traveling the globe working for several organizations in youth programming, Jeremy landed at Eagle View Ranch. He has worn numerous hats and titles for SOAR throughout the years with both the summer camp program and the Academy at SOAR. Most recently, Jeremy has developed the GAP year program for post-graduates. He is as compassionate for SOAR students as he is knowledgeable of the outdoors.  They are two of the primary passions in his life and he is grateful for the chance to combine them each day.  Jeremy has the marvelous ability to see only the best in people and gently guide others to see the same in themselves.

Jeremy and his family are happy living the frontier lifestyle in Dubois, Wyoming.

Bo Fothergill

BoFothergillBo graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with an environmental education degree, and soon thereafter was able to combine his zeal for the outdoors and passion for youth development in the camping world and beyond. Bo has over 15 years of professional camp experience in a variety of roles that strengthen his camping background. He attended camp as a child and is able to relate to the campers & participants on an individual basis. Bo previously operated a camp and year round travel program for adults with developmental differences in the Seattle area for five years which has also broadened his perspective of supervisory and participation roles for himself and the participants. Other professional endeavors include Outdoor School Assistant Director, and a variety of roles for camps serving children, adults, and their families with special needs and/or chronic illnesses. Bo also served in the United States Peace Corps for over two years in the Philippines where he focused on youth development and environmental education. Family is large component of Bo’s life and he looks forward to reconnecting with them each spring when they reconvene for the Kentucky Derby every year.   Bo has a spirit of adventure and enjoys experiencing other cultures whether it is in the United States or abroad. He has visited a number of other countries which include Australia, Denmark, Thailand, and Czech Republic. Bo also has an aspiration for volunteerism. He spent five months in Colombia and Ecuador at two different nonprofit organizations focusing on education for youth in remote areas. He has also spent numerous hours volunteering at local events.

Accompanying all of that, Bo has an affinity for antiques and has successfully bought, sold, and collected antiques and collectibles for over 10 years. He is looking forward to exploring new areas in and around Dubois, Wyoming for outdoor adventures, antiques, and being involved in the community.

Bo continues to follow his passion of being a camp professional and really enjoys connecting with both staff members and campers. His desire to focus on youth development combined with his love for the outdoors makes him a great fit and wonderful asset to the SOAR family.