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California Expedition- Not in 2022

Ages 11 – 18, 15 Days

California Rock ClimbingA whole world of adventure awaits those campers joining us for the California Expedition course! The journey starts in San Francisco, where campers will join each other before heading up to Sunset Beach campground for teambuilding and fun. The teams will explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium and participate in a sea kayaking adventure. Next it’s off to discover the wonders of Yosemite National Park. Here campers will find themselves surrounded by giant sequoias, magnificent waterfalls, and deep valleys surrounded by towering granite cliffs. Bouldering (a form of rock climbing) will allow campers to test their strength and develop communication & problem solving skills.

Redwoods California

After they depart Yosemite, campers will travel to South Tahoe to begin preparation for their exploration into the backcountry. The team will learn about expedition planning, including the importance of organization, as they pack and determine their backpacking route. Hiking days will be rewarded with the exhilaration that comes from being self-reliant and pushing past perceived limits. This trip will set the stage for the rock climbing portion of the trip – as campers again work on goal setting and problem solving skills.

Group on Top of Mountain

The course concludes with a whitewater rafting trip down the American River. The team will work together to navigate the rapids of this scenic river. The final night is spent celebrating the hard work and achievements of each camper before headed back to San Francisco for their departure.

On the Beach

Mountain Biking in California

At the Redwoods





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."

~ Camper Parent

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  • Sea Kayaking
  • Day Hikes
  • Exploration
  • Backpacking
  • Bouldering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Whitewater Rafting

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