Christmas in the Keys Adventure:
Ages 8 to 18, $1,000
The team will meet at the Ft Lauderdale airport before departing off to Sunshine Key Resort near Big Pine Key. This will serve as our staging grounds for the following week as we sea kayak around the surrounding mangroves, fish off a nearby pier, and tube & jet ski in the crystal blue waters. Campers will also take a boat out to Looe Key Marine Sanctuary where they will snorkel among the coral reef and its incredible aquatic life, including angel fish, yellow fin, sea turtles, and much more.
Campers will discover this island paradise and its inhabitants as they fish daily, visit Blue Hole (a fresh water spring teeming with wildlife), and encounter the notorious Key Deer, which swim from island to island.
Island life will be on full display at the Sunset Celebration in Key West! Known for its street performers, this celebration gives insight to the rich culture of the southern-most U.S. city. Campers will also visit Historic Key West’s museums and souvenir shops, in search of their own treasures.
The course concludes with a New Year’s celebration, including a scavenger hunt and bar-b-que feast complete with group games. Then it’s back up to Ft Lauderdale to begin the journey back home. Campers will return home with new friendships, new experiences, and a new found sense of accomplishment!
Ages 14 to 18, $1,300
This course provides campers an introduction to Scuba Diving and an opportunity to learn a lifelong skill, one that enables them to explore a whole new world, filled with amazing corals, fish, and marine life. Upon completion of the certification requirements, campers will receive a PADI Scuba Diver Certification! Groups meet in Fort Lauderdale before departing for the sunny Florida Keys! This incredible island chain will be their home for the next 6 days as they explore this paradise, both above and below the water. Courses begin with SCUBA instruction near Big Pine Key utilizing the spectacular Looe Key Marine Sanctuary. Campers will be awestruck by the beauty and diversity of the coral reef as you are free to explore its amazing intricacies.
The SCUBA certification course, taught by qualified instructors, will be adapted specifically for those diagnosed with learning & attention issues. This ensures campers are given the best opportunity to succeed in this challenging and rewarding course. Campers receive personalized instruction and will be closely supervised during the open water dives. In order to earn a PADI Scuba Diver Certification, campers must learn to pay close attention to detail and will see first-hand a practical application of science. Campers will learn to regulate breathing, which is an important skill in emotional coping strategies. To receive a PADI Scuba Diver Certification, campers will need to complete all three requirements of the course: Coursework to understand the basics of scuba diving, confined water dives, and open water dives. In addition, successful completion of this course will provide campers a huge sense of accomplishment and a life-long skill.
*Upon completion of the requirements, campers will be PADI Scuba Divers, meaning that they can scuba dive under the supervision of a PADI professional to a maximum depth of 40 ft. You can learn more about this certification at padi.com.
The Camp Experience
“She gained a true belief in herself as a person. She was able to take emotional risks. We were not expecting this, and were simply awed.”
December 27th – January 1st
Come escape the cold winter and join us in the sunny Florida Keys! This six day program is a great opportunity for campers to develop social skills and participate in fun and exciting adventures that promote self-confidence and organizational skills. Open to new campers and SOAR Alumni alike, this course was originally designed to help campers revisit some of the strategies and success experienced on summer courses. Although short in length, this adventure is a powerful opportunity to remind campers of their gifts and strengths, which can be forgotten in the midst of a demanding school year.
We offer two course options: the Christmas in the Keys Adventure and SCUBA Adventure.