Ages 13 – 18, 18 Days
At 18-days and for ages 13 to 18, this course is designed to be slightly more physically challenging and offers a broader range of adventures than some of our other course options. Campers will experience caving, mountain biking, rappelling, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, high & low ropes courses, and an extended backpacking trip.
The team will begin this adventure at our Balsam Base where they will experience the thrill of our high ropes course, and begin working as a team and developing trust within the group. Before setting off on their great 6-day adventure, campers will learn the fundamentals of expedition planning: how to navigate using map & compass, plan their backpacking route, and the importance of organization and packing just the essentials! Hiking days will be rewarded with the exhilaration that comes from being self-reliant and pushing one’s self past perceived limits.
Completion of the backpacking trip will set the stage for campers to further test their limits on a variety of rock climbs in Pisgah National Forest, and a mountain biking trip through Dupont State Forest. They will also explore the areas incredible waterfalls and put their new-found orienteering skills to test in a Scavenger hunt.
Up next, a trip to Whorley’s Cave in Tennessee will provide additional opportunities to practice teamwork and communication, all while exploring the cave’s features and learning about the geologic processes which formed this incredible place.
The team will then turn their focus to whitewater and learn about water morphology as they raft down the Nantahala, and funyak (inflatable kayak) the Tuckaseegee Rivers.
Their journey culminates in Gee Creek State Park, where campers will demonstrate their new skills rappelling, rock climbing, swimming in the nearby lake, and will prepare for their final challenge- whitewater rafting the Ocoee River (whitewater venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics). This experience is one that will certainly never be forgotten!
My Camp Experience
"SOAR gave Ricky the opportunity to shine! His counselors loved him. He built positive relationships with his peers. School is so stressful and counterproductive to his self esteem. I am glad he had a month full of positive experiences with people who truly understand ADHD!!!"