Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Reorientation

2019 Trip Options:

Trips for Rising Sophomores Only (students who just completed their freshmen year)

SOAR Utah | Trip Full

  • Open Enrollment: Sunday, May 5th - Saturday, May 18th
The SOAR Utah program is an experiential based 3-credit course designed for students who have just finished their freshman year of college. Leaving for Utah the day after finals, this course will allow students to de-stress and reflect on their freshman year. Course activities and discussions will help students learn about themselves (including personal strengths and values), increase optimism, and develop leadership and healthy living skills. Students will also learn how to anticipate and prepare for challenges specific to the sophomore year. Forming lasting friendships with other students and faculty is an important byproduct of the two-week adventure trip. 

SOAR New River Gorge

  • Honors Only: Saturday, June 8th - Thursday, June 13th 
  • Open Enrollment: Saturday, June 15th - Thursday, June 20th 
Adventure West Virginia will be running two sophomores trips that take place in West Virginia. These two trips will be exclusive for rising sophomores at WVU. Unlike SOAR Utah, these adventures are not-for-credit and are only 6 days long. As a trip for rising sophomores, the content of the experience focuses on reflection after one's first year in college, and looking forward in hopes of growth and excellence in the upcoming upperclassmen semesters. 

Utah

SOAR | Utah, Desert Southwest 

This 14 day spring adventure involves camping and hiking in Utah's spectacular high desert plateau.  We will explore Islands in the Sky and the Needles Districts of Canyonlands National Park, visit the lovely town of Moab, Utah, and experience a wilderness canoe trip down the Stillwater Canyon of the Green River. Students will reunite in the fall semester for classroom meetings, focusing on trip reflections, strategies for making a successful adjustment to the sophomore year, exploring careers of interest, and making connections with WVU faculty and staff that will aid students throughout their remaining college years.

Trip Cost:

The cost for SOAR 2019 will be $750 (includes gear, entrance fees, most food, transportation during the trip, river shuttle, and instruction). Students will additionally be required to purchase their own flights to and from Denver International Airport.” 

Registration:

To Apply:    2019 Applications are closed. First consideration will be given to those who apply by January 25 at 4pm.
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2019 Trip Dates:

Open Enrollment: Sunday, May 5th - Saturday, May 18th

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NRG

SOAR | New River Gorge, WV

Summer 2019 - Trips for Rising Sophomores Only (students who just completed their freshmen year). 

Adventure West Virginia will be running two sophomores trips that take place in West Virginia. These two trips will be exclusive for rising sophomores at WVU. Unlike SOAR Utah, these adventures are not-for-credit and are only 6 days long. As a trip for rising sophomores, the content of the experience focuses on reflection after one's first year in college, and looking forward in hopes of growth and excellence in the upcoming upperclassmen semesters. 

Trips include: an overnight whitewater rafting experience, climbing at the New River Gorge, various scenic hikes in the Fayetteville area, and overall exploration of all the town has to offer. Participants will be base-camped at River Expeditions for the duration of the adventure

Trip Cost/Refund

The cost is $195; which include all transportation, instruction, camping equipment, food, and fun! $95 of this cost is a non-refundable registration fee. Cancellation of your spot will result in a loss of the $95 registration fee. Cancellations made sooner than April 19 will receive a $100 refund. Cancellations after April 19 will not receive a refund.

Registration

Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis starting Monday, January 14. You can register online or in-person at the Outdoor Recreation Center to claim a spot on this trip. The trip cost may be paid for via credit card or STAR charge to your student account (STAR charges may only be completed in-person at the ORC).

*All registrants must stop by the ORC to fill out the required paperwork within one week of registration to officially claim their spot.

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2019 Trip Dates:

Honors Only: Saturday, June 8th-Thursday, June 13th
Open Enrollment: Saturday, June 15th-Thursday, June 20th 

For questions or more information about our Fayetteville Adventures, feel free to contact Marion Holmes at marion.mcclure@mail.wvu.edu or visit the ORC inside the Student Rec Center.

Mission

The SOAR program was developed to ease the transition from freshman to sophomore years, teach leadership and healthy living skills, facilitate self-growth, stimulate environmental awareness, foster social connections, and promote holistic student wellness and success. 

Goals 

  • Ease transition to the sophomore year 
  • Explore the beautiful desert Southwest
  • Provide opportunities for leadership and teamwork
  • Develop lasting community with other WVU rising sophomores  
  • Enhance interpersonal skills such as trust, communication, conflict resolution, and cooperation 
  • Facilitate increased self-awareness, confidence, optimism, happiness, resilience, goal-directedness, and congruence with personal values 
  • Learn and practice adventure skills like desert hiking and navigation, river canoeing and expedition camping and travel
  • Improve student retention