WY Horsepacking Adventure
Ages 11 – 18, 18 Days
This is the ultimate Western Adventure! Campers begin their journey at Eagle View Ranch where they work on team building through games, initiatives, and trust building exercises. The team then begins Horse School. Our wranglers will teach them how to care for and communicate with their horse as well as western riding skills before they depart on their first trail rides in the nearby Warm Springs Canyon.
The adventure continues in Sinks Canyon, which will serve as the staging ground for rock climbing and exploration of the Popo Agie River (which vanishes underground before returning to the surface a few miles downstream). Rock climbing provides campers an opportunity to reach for new heights as they experience firsthand the benefits of goal setting, problem-solving, and pushing past perceived limits.
The group then returns to Eagle View Ranch where they prepare for their 4-day, 3-night horsepacking expedition. They will put their newfound equestrian skills to test as they lead their horses through some of the most scenic trails of the Wind River Mountains. This trip is sure to promote confidence, communication, and will give campers a chance to develop a sense of empowerment as they “take the reins”. Next, the group will spend a couple days exploring their surroundings with activities such as canoeing, riflery, archery & hatchet throwing, and visiting the Dubois Rodeo. What better way to experience the culture of the Wild West? Next the team heads off to discover Yellowstone National Park. The oldest National Park, Yellowstone is home to the largest number of geysers in the world, as well as a vast array of wildlife- from bears, wolves, moose, elk, and bison! Campers will learn about these incredible creatures as they visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. They will also explore the areas hydrothermal features, including mudpots and geysers, including the popular Old Faithful. The team then heads to Grand Teton National Park for day hikes among the pristine mountain lakes, and the stunning mountain terrain. The journey continues with a whitewater rafting adventure, where campers will utilize teamwork and communication as they paddle through the exciting rapids of the Snake River.
The trip culminates in the exciting, camp-wide “Cowboy contests” where teams will compete, demonstrating their newfound wilderness skills! Teams then perform closing ceremonies, where campers will have a chance to reflect on the friendships gained and growth experienced on this unforgettable course.
My Camp Experience
"SOAR provides an opportunity for [campers] to get away from the “easy activities” they seem to gravitate to—video games, computers and TV—and into really life-changing activities that require them to grow as individuals. [My son] came back more focused and mature, and more willing to take responsibility for his self."