When many people think of SOAR, they think of the winding drive up to base and the beautiful mountain landscape that surrounds it. Equally as beautiful and full of adventure is SOAR’s Wyoming Base, Eagle View Ranch, located in the heart of the Wind River Valley in Dubois. Since the late 1970s, SOAR has offered adventure programs in the Mid West, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that we broke ground on our Wyoming Base and began offering summer camps in Wyoming.
Why Dubois, Wyoming?
SOAR’s Wyoming Base allows us to offer summer camps in wyoming and conveniently serve families in the Mid West and West Coast regions. Close to two major airports and an ideal location for adventure programs, Eagle View Ranch is located in the Upper Valley of the Wind River. The Wind River has an international reputation for some of the best hiking, fishing, and packing in the world. Packing opportunities range from traditional backpacking to horsepacking, llama trekking, and mountaineering. Rock climbing opportunities are numerous ranging from Sinks Canyon near Lander to the cliffs above Brooks Lake. Likewise, there is incredible whitewater rafting on both the Snake River near Jackson and the Wind River near Thermopolis. Dubois is also the gateway to two of the nation’s most scenic national parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Other educational and adventure activities within two hours of Eagle View Ranch include: the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois, a dinosaur museum and dig site in Thermopolis, the petrified forest in the Washakie Wilderness Area, and the Nature Conservancy Education Center at Red Rocks.
The Wyoming Experience
Unlike SOAR’s Balsam Base, Eagle View Ranch offers a true ranching experience and activities specific to the Mid West region. During each Wyoming Course, campers will have the opportunity to rock climb and rappel in Sinks Canyon, Canoe the Whiskey Basin or Brooks Lake, raft the white water of the Snake River, experience the Dubois Rifle Range, go horseback riding on base, explore Yellowstone National Park including the Wolf and Grizzly Discovery centers, attend a traditional Dubois Rodeo, and participate in a camp-wide Cowboy Contest at the end of the course.
While SOAR’s Wyoming Base is a convenient option for families in the Mid West and West Coast, the courses offered are also an opportunity for campers who have been to SOAR before on one of our Balsam Base adventures to experience something new and different.
Eagle View Ranch Courses
GAP Year at SOAR
Eagle View Ranch is also home to the GAP Year at SOAR. The GAP Year at SOAR is a unique program for young adults that specializes in a unique combination of academics, adventure, and life skills instruction for young adults, ages 18 to 24 diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and LD. The GAP Year at SOAR provides young adults with the opportunity to discover their talents, to increase self-reliance, and to experience life changing adventures. Developed directly from parent feedback, this program meets the needs of those who have graduated from high school, but are not quite ready to step into a university or work-force setting. Gappers are provided a structured environment in which they may pursue areas of interest and travel for the purpose of improving knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence, and self-sufficiency. Participants will alternate between Residential Living and Expedition Components. They will live in the Lodge at Eagle View Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming and will travel throughout the Western United States. This combination provides the opportunity to develop and experience:
- Independent Living Skills
- Community Involvement
- High Adventure Activities
- Expedition Planning
- College Coursework
- International Travel (Costa Rica or Belize)
- Volunteer Opportunities