SOAR: Summer Adventures for ADD/LD Kids & Teens

Looking for a Summer Program
perfect for neurodiverse brains?
Check out THIS one – with programs for ages 8-25

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Guestpost from David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Dept. of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University

Building Executive Function Skills at Camp

This just in from David Rabiner, Ph.D., whose guest posts you’ve seen here previously, and who is the creator and publisher of one of the best ADD/EFD Newsletters in the field.

SOARSuccess Oriented Achievement Realized – is a long-time sponsor of Rabiner’s excellent Attention Research Update, enabling him to offer it at no charge to professionals, parents and ADD/EFD individuals.

He informs us that . . .

SOAR offers a variety of outdoor adventure programs that are designed to provide a positive, exciting, and successful experience for children and teens with ADHD and Learning Disabilities.

A brief description of several of the wonderful SOAR programs can be found below, my support for parents and grandparents looking for a program specifically tailored for kids or teens with Learning Disabilities or ADD/EFD struggles.  PLEASE pass it on. [Disclosure: NO compensation has been offered or received for this content]

NOTE: Dr. Rabiner uses the DSM-5 term “ADHD,” rather than “ADD” or ADD/EFD, which I strongly prefer and otherwise use on this site (click HERE for why).

Please remember at ALL times that he uses this term to refer to the Inattentive and Combined subtypes as well as the Hyperactive subtype.

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SOAR – America’s Premier Adventure Programs
for Youth with LD and ADHD

SOAR is an accredited boarding school, summer camp, and GAP year program serving youth and young adults with ADHD and other learning disabilities (LD).

With locations across the United States and internationally, it provides academic instruction, experiential education, life skills development and adventure based programming.

SOAR was founded by an adult with a learning disability who believed that focusing on an individual’s strengths, rather than deficits, was critical in ensuring success.

For 40 years, their programs have been adapted around the specific needs of the LD and ADHD youth they serve.

Their understanding of this population permeates everything they do:

  • from the way they approach challenges and adventures,
  • to the way they structure each day,
  • to the way they handle conflicts, and
  • in the way they celebrate each participant’s abilities.

The SOAR community is comprised of committed instructors and motivated participants, who play an integral role in the success of each student.


– Fun & Adventure
– Community & Sense of Belonging
– Self-Confidence
– Friendship & Social Skills
– Life Skills

With the goal of success in mind, SOAR programs provide challenges that build self-confidence and self-reliance. Each student is challenged in a variety of adventure activities (backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, among others), and pushed beyond their comfort zone with support and encouragement.

These experiences empower the students to make healthy choices, learn more about themselves, overcome challenges, and relate lessons learned from these experiences to other aspects of their lives.

Program Descriptions

Summer Camp:

Serving ages 8 to 25, SOAR offers high adventure summer camps designed specifically for youth diagnosed with ADHD and LD, that promote friendships, increase self-confidence, and develop life skills.

Adventure activities include whitewater rafting, backpacking, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, SCUBA, llama treks and more, with locations in North Carolina, Florida, Wyoming, California, New York and Belize.

Learn more about Summer Camp HERE

The Academy at SOAR

The Academy at SOAR is a private boarding school for students diagnosed with ADHD and LD, located in Balsam, North Carolina.

Their student centered model provides differentiated academic instruction and adventure based learning for students in grades 7th-12th.

Students rotate between field expeditions across the country and residential living at the Balsam campus.

Learn more about the Academy HERE

GAP Year at SOAR:

Based out of Dubois, Wyoming, SOAR’S GAP Year (Gateway Adventure Program) is designed to help young adults with ADHD and LD, ages 18-24, develop the tools necessary to navigate their transition into adulthood.

Learn more about the GAP Year HERE

You can contact SOAR’s Admissions Office by phone at 828-456-3435 to learn more about any SOAR program.

You can also learn more about SOAR HERE

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

28 Responses to SOAR: Summer Adventures for ADD/LD Kids & Teens

  1. Kae Bucher says:

    So well written:).. Much of my life I was a special Ed teacher and love brain theory stuff :).. Would be awesome if you’d check out my blog:)

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    • What a lovely surprise to see a reblog of this one, Kate!

      It may be of limited interest to most of the readers of either of our blogs, but could be a miracle program to parents and grandparents of kids who are struggling with ADD/EFD. I’ve heard from several sources that they get excellent results.

      Thank you so much for increasing awareness more widely.

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  2. robjodiefilogomo says:

    This sounds fabulous Madelyn! In fact, I’m going to forward this to my neighbor in my previous neighborhood!! It could be perfect for her son!

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    • I am thrilled to hear that, Jodie. Dolly (koolkosherkitchen) founded and ran a school for many years before retirement, well-versed in special needs, and commented that they have an excellent program with a high success rate. Rabiner has never recommended anything he hasn’t investigated, so I feel confident recommending the program myself.

      How was your vacation? Caught up yet?

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      • robjodiefilogomo says:

        Sorta, not really. I’m just finishing up my posts for next week, and that’s very unusual. I’m usually at least 2 weeks out!!

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        • I feel your pain. I try to keep ahead, but life frequently conspires to keep me on the catch-up treadmill. It seems I’m always swimming upstream for one reason or another.

          Re collaboration: The intro post you read will go out on 4/14 if we keep the current schedule. I’m glad you like the direction I’m heading there.

          I’m waiting to continue to write for a better idea of each of your posts, when you have the time to focus there, so I can tailor text to suit – both for your blog and mine. We have plenty of time still but, as we BOTH know, it marches in quick step most days. 🙂

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          • robjodiefilogomo says:

            Yes–that sounds perfect. I have mom’s & nancy’s outfit photos taken for 2 out of the 3 (we’re going shopping next weekend for the 3rd ones) My photos should get done this weekend and next. You know how I format my blog….are you going to comment throughout –even with each outfit? Or just at the top portion when the theme is explained?

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            • Good for you!

              I will figure out what seems to work best, depending on what you write — i.e., sometimes you’ve mentioned that your mom or Nancy would probably not actually wear a particular look, etc. – which would be perfect to underscore how even the perspective shift trying it on is helpful.

              It’s really up to you and how you context each look – why I’m waiting.

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  3. It is an excellent program with a significant success rate. I am glad to see you familiarizing your readers with it.

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  4. Sounds like an excellent program. Trying to find one in NYS but the site keeps hanging up on us? We’ll keep trying.

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    • That was my reaction too. For parents who can afford to send their kids to camp each summer, I can’t imagine a better one – which is why I shared the info.

      Thanks for taking the time to check it out. Their phone number is at the end, btw, you could call and ask (and maybe get them to solve the site problem).

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      • We did send a note to the leader noted on the NYS site. We are curious if the program is around here because it sounds very worth while. We like checking out the sites you “link”. Sometimes we think people may be leery that the link will take them to an unknown place. I know at times we’ve had that fear.

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        • I’ll be interested to know that too. If you visit and write about it, I’ll add a featured link-box at the end of this article.

          I know what you mean about suspecting links – especially affiliate links (which I have not used yet, but may have to go to if classes don’t start filling – gotta’ keep the dogfood on Tink’s table).

          FYI: I *always* check my links – and I give preference to links that are NOT fronted with pop-ups or filled with a ton of ads, whenever possible (many of those who use Blogger are rife with both, as are some of the specialty sites with info that is not found elsewhere).

          I also set ALL links to open in a separate tab or window. The WordPress Gremlin’s “imptovements” sometimes set them back (to replace the article – their default) – grrrrrr – so I now have to take even more time to RE-check on post, but will never have time to go back and see what they’ve done to all 500+ articles. 😦

          They also used to make it a relatively easy thing to add the little hover boxes to let you know what to expect when you click, but they decided in their non-blogging “wisdom” to remove that assist and I have to html code them in.

          When time is shorter I have to chose between not linking or not describing all of them. DOUBLE grrrrr. If their intention is to chase the writers off the platform, they’re doing a darned good job of it.

          Oh dear – I seem to have gotten up Grumpy, and it’s not even Monday yet! I’m still on my first cup of coffee, so maybe it will pass. 🙂

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          • Sounds great. When they write me back I will let you know. I enjoy learning about the programs in this area. I do a lot of work with the homeless and individuals coming out of prison and it would be a valuable resource. Your links have always been valid as are the studies you cite! There are so many credible bloggers we are getting to know that when they link to something we feel confident. We use the separate tab too cuz there are times we can’t find our way back from where we began, lol. Yes, wordpress has made some changes that cause us to wonder if we were imagining something was there and it wasn’t, lol. No, you’re not grumpy, you are just noting what you are seeing and we’re starting to see it too. We are so new to this blogging world and are learning lots from people like you that are very good at it. Isn’t it fun learning!!!!! We sure do like it!!!!!


            • Fun learning? Sometimes I feel like a total nerd when I favor time to research, read or share online over spending time at Tink’s bar or wandering the nabe. It is so frustrating when I’ve got an article that takes twice the time it ought to because of some change or other to the platform. No – you’re learning how it happens – with no notice, things disappear you used to count on. And then you get to figure out how to do what you want to.

              I wander off on various links as well, so if the original article doesn’t stay in place I often forget where I began.

              I really hope that SOAR is close enough that you get to visit – I know you guys will ferret out a human interest story that will make everything sing a brand new & inspiring song. I am looking forward to it.

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            • We can relate to the difficulty of balancing the learning and the fun. Its when we can combine the two that gets us excited and sleep deprived, lol. Yes, we too are hoping to learn more about SOAR. So many young people don’t know what they can do until involved in something like it to boost their confidence.

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            • AND their executive functioning skills – making life easier once they return home. That’s what I love most about SOAR’s programs.
              xx, mgh

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  5. Zara says:

    anything like this for the slightly older demographic? 🙂

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