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SOAR’s first expedition, in 1977, took students to the top of Long’s Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. (Elevation 14,255 ft)

EXPEDITIONS

For over 40 years, SOAR has specialized in high adventure programming for youth and young adults with ADHD and other Learning Disabilities. The expeditions provide incredible opportunities for participants to challenge themselves, experience once in a lifetime adventures, learn valuable lessons, and practice independent living skills.

Participants decide and plan where their expeditions will take them and what activities they will participate in on the trips.  This gives them ownership of their experience and makes each year new and unique. Activities may include rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, rappelling, rafting, fishing, hiking, exploring national parks, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hot springs, riflery, and wilderness skills.  The destinations are open to much of the western United States and also include one international trip in the spring. The group will have the opportunity to explore areas around them such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Thermopolis hot springs, and rock climbing in Sinks Canyon. Expedition locations may include Grand Canyon National Park, Oregon and California coast, Glacier National Park in Montana, and Moab, Utah.

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Expedition planning taps into the whole world of executive functioning. Students research several travel destinations and activity options. They then make phone calls, set up reservations, work with a budget, provide the gear and food logistics, and learn to deal with the many unknowns that come up when traveling.

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