WY Academic Adventure
Ages 11 – 18, 18 Days
This course provides campers the opportunity to participate in both academics and incredible adventure activities! There are six 3-hour academic sessions designed to help students identify learning styles and to develop study skills and strategies that will contribute to future academic success. During each school session, students will receive tutoring in their choice of math or language arts, and will practice their skills in these areas through practical applications. Campers will see first-hand that some of the same strategies that they learn in the classroom (problem solving, goal setting, and breaking projects into smaller & more attainable tasks) can also be applied when facing challenges in the adventure activities.
On “school days” campers will spend half of their day participating in nearby activities, including fishing, riflery, hatchet throwing and archery. Each school session is broken up by a wilderness expedition.
The first expedition takes the group to Yellowstone National Park, where campers will discover the incredible hydrothermal features, including mudpots and geysers, of America’s First National Park. They will also visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, where they will learn all about the park’s amazing wildlife, including bears, elk, moose, wolves, and bison.
The groups then return to base for a couple days of school, and a visit to the Dubois Rodeo! Here teams will experience western culture, before heading off on their next big adventure- rock climbing in Sinks Canyon. This will allow campers to test their strength, practice problem-solving skills, and push themselves to new heights! They will also explore the unique Popo Agie River, which disappears underground before resurfacing miles downstream.
The group returns to base to participate in Horse School, where they learn how to care for and communicate with their horse, and will practice western riding skills before they depart on trail rides in the nearby Warm Springs Canyon. The journey continues with a whitewater rafting adventure as campers display their teamwork & communication skills, while paddling the exciting rapids of the Snake River.
The trip culminates in camp-wide “Cowboy Contests” and closing ceremonies. This activity provides campers the opportunity to utilize their newfound wilderness skills and to work together and cheer on their team. Campers will also reflect on their new friendships and their self-confidence after completing this amazing 18-day adventure.
My Camp Experience
"At the risk of sounding overly-dramatic, I must tell you that Henry's SOAR experience affected our entire family, on many levels. SOAR offered Henry the chance to feel normal, instead of like a misfit. For us, SOAR is like a great equalizer, where all children are on an even playing field, and labels and stigmas are left at the door."