California Coastal Adventure
Ages 11 to 18, 10 Days
Campers on this adventure will travel along the California coast and nearby areas as they discover this amazing world around them. With the help of our trained staff, campers will use the course and its activities to hone social skills, develop organization strategies, develop life skills, and increase their self-confidence.
The journey begins in Los Angeles where the campers will meet their teammates before heading up to the Ventura area. Here campers begin their exploration of the coast through surf school. Campers begin by learning how waves are created, about the types of surf breaks, and the importance of safety and stewardship in this dynamic environment. Then it’s time to test their balance and coordination as they experience first-hand the joy of riding a wave.
Next campers can choose to surf for a second day, or they may choose to go rock climbing in the mountains overlooking the coast. Campers who elect to rock climb will test their strength and develop problem-solving skills as they gain a new perspective on their surroundings.
The fun continues as students learn organizational skills and prepare for their expedition to the Channel Islands, an area rich in biodiversity and scenic vistas. These magnificent islands will be their home for the next few days as campers explore the island on foot and by kayak. The team will also discover the surrounding kelp forests and sea caves while swimming and snorkeling.
Up next is a deep sea fishing excursion where their patience will be rewarded with a fish fry dinner. Campers then prepare for home as they travel back to the Los Angeles area for end of course festivities.
My Camp Experience
"SOAR provides an opportunity for [campers] to get away from the “easy activities” they seem to gravitate to—video games, computers and TV—and into really life-changing activities that require them to grow as individuals. [My son] came back more focused and mature, and more willing to take responsibility for his self."