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North Carolina Academic Discovery

Ages 11 – 18, 17 days

Cost: $4,800

NC Academic Discovery Highlights: 

  • The differentiating aspect of Academic Discovery is the classroom experience, which is designed to help prevent summer “learning loss” (in either Language Arts or Math) while providing instruction in study skills and organizational strategies. Interspersed throughout the course are about 8 days in classroom instruction (3 hours each day) and two field trips (one to the Qualla Boundary of the Cherokee Nation and another to the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center) . The remainder of those days is spent doing fun adventure activities, including high ropes, team building initiatives, archery & hatchet throwing, primitive skills and others.
  • On weekends, the teams head to the field for a variety of exciting expeditions:
    • Backpacking: 3-days and 2-nights of being at one with nature in Pisgah National Forest.
    • Rock climbing / Caving: Campers will scale to new heights on 100-foot cliffs with exciting routes and SOARing views. At Worley’s Cave in TN, campers have fun in the mud as they explore the caverns and crevices of a truly wild cave.
    • Lakes & Cliffs: A fun-in-the-sun lake day is in store with tubing behind a jet ski, swimming off of a pontoon boat, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding!  Add to that the thrill of rappelling off of a 40-foot cliff and you have a recipe for excitement!
    • Whitewater:  Funyaking is just like the name sounds – FUN! Campers will splash and spin in double inflatable kayaks on the gentle rapids of the Tuckaseegee River. Then it’s on to the more adventurous rafting of the Nantahala River where campers experience the roller coaster ride of Class 2-3 rapids.


Rock Climbing

North Carolina Zip Line

Perched on top

Whitewater Teamwork

Tubing on the river







My 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."

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  • Swimming
  • Primitive Skills
  • Science Museum and Nature Center
  • English or Math
  • High Ropes Course
  • Backpacking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Caving / Spelunking

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