NC Twice Exceptional Adventure
Ages 12 to 15, 18 Days
This 18-day course was designed to meet the special needs of our campers who are both intellectually Gifted and LD/ADD/ADHD (otherwise known as 2E students). For these youth, the combination of exceptional strengths and weaknesses can result in inconsistency in performance, and these campers may often be misunderstood- resulting in a lower sense of self-esteem. (For example, these students may have a superior vocabulary, but lack appropriate social skills. Or they may be voracious readers, and highly creative with great problem solving skills, yet they lack organizational and study skills.)
This course addresses their desire to explore and interact with the environment around them and provides experiential and environmental learning opportunities not found in other courses. Campers will be encouraged to keep a journal of their entire experience, and will visit local museums, education centers, and local libraries.
The journey begins at our Balsam Base as campers work on team building and participate in the High Ropes course. The team will then prepare for their next adventure by learning Map & Compass, expedition planning, and learning about Pisgah National Forest through research, and a visit to the Cradle of Forestry Museum and the WNC Nature Center. This new insight into the mountains surrounding them will set the stage for a 4-day, 3-night backpacking exploration!
Up next, the group will discover Dupont State Forest and its incredible waterfalls by foot and by mountain bike. Campers will test their individual strengths as the climb to the tops of the mountains while rock climbing, allowing a bird’s eye view of their present home. A stream investigation workshop will begin a series of water workshops, teaching campers about life in the underwater streams.
The journey continues as campers depart for Worley’s Cave in Tennessee, where they will practice their communication skills as they navigate the cave and learn about its geologic features. Next it’s off to the Great Smoky Mountains where they will visit the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and learn about the park’s rich history. The team will wrap up their water workshops with a water morphology lesson on Deep Creek, as they float the river by tube, and two days of rafting on the Nantahala River and the Ocoee Rivers.
Their journey culminates in Gee Creek State Park, where campers will demonstrate their new skills rappelling and rock climbing, and will prepare for their final challenge- whitewater rafting the Ocoee River (whitewater venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics).
Their end of course celebration includes a presentation of their experience to their team- allowing campers to share their journey and the exciting things they have learned about themselves and their environment along the way.
My Camp Experience
"I am grateful that SOAR provides a supportive environment for Ben, where his learning issues and fears won't make him feel different. The SOAR environment also offers him a chance to be a leader and help others."