Family Weekend Adventure
This powerful program provides families an opportunity to share a SOAR adventure together!
While many families use this program to introduce their child to a SOAR experience, this program also allows families to begin discussions that will continue beyond the weekend course. It will give parents the tools necessary to help their child manage their ADHD or LD, while improving confidence in themselves and their abilities. Siblings are also an important part of this experience, as they too will learn how to manage their responses to and interactions with those affected with ADHD or LD.
Parents will participate in group sessions led by Jonathan Jones, SOAR Founder, and John Willson, SOAR Executive Director. The goal of these sessions will be to create a forum for sharing, growing, and learning about LD and ADHD management. Before the start of the program, a survey will be mailed to each family soliciting input regarding topics of interest. Topics may include: behavior management strategies, advocacy skills, conflict resolution, and preferred learning styles.
During this time, campers & siblings will develop social skills as they participate in group initiatives & games, and will challenge themselves on our exciting rock climbing wall! Campers will stay on base in our cabins, and will get to experience firsthand what a SOAR program is like.
The entire group (parents and campers) will enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River. Families will work as a team as they navigate their way down the exciting rapids, led by a SOAR instructor. Families will also join together for group games, designed to promote communication and trust.
The weekend begins at Balsam Base at 5:00 pm on Friday and ends at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Lodging is included. Campers will stay at our Balsam Base and parents will be staying at a local bed & breakfast.
Upon acceptance into the course, families will receive a packet of information that includes a gear list, overview of activities, and a planning packet. Families will make choices regarding areas of interest. These include, but are not limited to: communication issues, sibling interactions, transition planning, organization skills, problem solving techniques, self-esteem development, team building, exploring family roles, and goal setting.
The Camp Experience
"I have found the training of the staff is absolutely critical. That is why I wanted to see if my son would be successful at SOAR versus a "mainstream" camp. He had not been successful at the other overnight camps due in part with the staff not being appropriately trained on how to manage ADHD-like behaviors. With the intensity of the SOAR camp, coupled with outstanding staff, he had a successful experience - allowing him to bring home and implement what he learned at camp."
Dates: May 12 – May 14, 2017
Ages: 8-18 (for campers & siblings)
Cost: $1,800 per family of four
A registration deposit of $250 must be submitted with the online application. This non-refundable deposit will be applied toward the tuition balance.
Accommodations will be provided at a local bed & breakfast.