SOAR

What is the SOAR Program?

"Let your walks now be a little more adventurous"
Henry David Thoreau

The SOAR Program is Misericordia University's Student Outdoor Adventure & Recreation Program. SOAR uses the outdoors as a medium to foster growth and development of leadership skills both at individual and group levels. It provides students with opportunities to safely participate in value-based outdoor activities. SOAR works to instill an appreciation for nature and a willingness to gain experiences in unfamiliar territories.

SOAR offers a wide variety of activities that range from a quiet walk in the woods to an exciting day of rock climbing. The challenges faced in a supportive setting can serve as an escape from the stresses of student life or help to overcome fears and limitations. Its challenging activities can serve as metaphors for the difficulties faced by every college student. SOAR provides another opportunity for the College Community to gain a unique, educational experience in a wilderness setting. In these instances, students develop skills that can apply to any situation they may encounter in the future.

For More Information, or to sign up for any of the numerous events, please contact:
Patrick McKamy, Coordinator of Student Activities
(570) 674 -6411 pmckamy@misericordia.edu
Or simply stop by the Student Activities Office.

Fall 2017 Events

For more information or to register, simply stop by Student Activities today!

"Why Wait?"

SEPTEMBER
RICKETS GLEN HIKE - Leaders: Leah & Pat M
Saturday, Sept. 9th - 9am—Rickets Glen S.P.
Sign up for the annual hike to Rickets Glen early! See over 20 named waterfalls, ones that is over 90 feet tall! This fills up fast!

TILLBURY ROCK CLIMBING - Leaders: Trinity & Tom
Sunday, Sept. 10th - 9am— Tillbury, PA
Want to try rock climbing on the real thing? Sign up for the
adventure today, no experience needed! All levels open!

PADDLING SERIES - Leaders: Leah & Pat J
Thursday, Sept. 14th - 4:30pm—Frances Slocum S.P.
Join SOAR on a relaxing paddle during at Frances
Slocum! Transportation available!

BOULDER FIELD HIKE - Leaders: Kiersten & Tom
Saturday, Sept. 23rd —Hickory Run S.P.
Check out the epic boulder field of Hickory Run! Bring a camera, this is a sight to behold!

MAIN WALL ROCK CLIMBING - Leaders: Trinity & Tom
Sunday, Sept. 24th - 9am— Mocanaqua, PA
Want to try rock climbing on the real thing? Different rock with rappelling! Sign up for the adventure today, no experience needed! All levels open!

PADDLING SERIES - Leaders: Leah & Pat J
Thursday, Sept. 28th - 4:30pm—Frances Slocum
Join SOAR on a relaxing paddle during at Frances
Slocum! Transportation available!

OCTOBER
LEHIGH BIKE TOUR - Leaders: Trinity & Kiersten
Sunday, Oct. 1st 9am - Lehigh Gorge
Enjoy a ride down the Lehigh Gorge and explore the town of Jim Thorpe before returning to campus! BIKE RENTAL and LUNCH is included! ($20)

PADDLING SERIES - Leaders: Leah & Pat M
Thursday, Oct. 5th - 4:30pm—Frances Slocum
Join SOAR on a relaxing paddle during at Frances Slocum!
Transportation available!

SMUGGS INTEREST MEETING
Thursday, Oct. 5th - 8:30pm— Insalaco 217
Want to go to Vermont for the annual 4 day ski getaway in
December? Come to the interest meeting and find out more! Sign up today!

FALL BREAK 2017 - 2 OPTIONS!
Thursday, Oct 12– Sunday, Oct 15

Only $90

CAPE COD, MASS!

Enjoy visiting Cape Cod, seeing lighthouses, biking on the epic Cape Cod Rail Trail, the National Seashore, and more!
Don’t forget the seafood!

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, MD/VA

PONIES! No kidding! Beach backpacking, island camping, skies full of stars, and PONIES!

Also, Don’t forget the seafood!

COST INCLUDES ALL FOOD, TRANSPORTATION, and GEAR
NIGHT HIKE - Leaders: Melanie & Pat M

Thursday, Oct. 19th—9pm,
mystery location
Live the evening in the quiet of the night with one of SOAR’s classic night hikes. Don’t forget a mug for hot cocoa!

GETTYSBURG DAY TRIP - Leaders: Pat J & Kiersten
Saturday, Oct. 21st - 9am, Gettysburg PA
Enjoy a day of touring around historic battlefield of Gettysburg and live some history with this day trip to Gettysburg! ($5)
TILLBURY ROCK CLIMBING - Leaders: Trinity & Tom

Sunday, Oct 22nd - 9am— Tillbury, PA
Back to Tillbury! Open to all levels, no experience needed! Try Climbing today!

OVERNIGHT PADDLING TRIP - Leaders: Leah and Pat M.
Saturday, Oct. 28th - Sunday, 29th - 9am, Susquahanna River, PA
Head on out a section of the Susquahanna that will bring you
closer to the endless mountains! Don’t miss out! ($15)

WILKES BARRE ROCK GYM MISERICORDIA NIGHT!
Monday, Oct. 30th - 7-11pm
The rock gym is open ONLY to Misericordia students, faculty, and staff! All levels welcome! ($5)

NOVEMBER

SOAR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 8:30pm - Henry Lounge
Want to lead trips? Want to learn more than just simple outdoor cooking? Join SOAR in developing your outdoor leadership skills! Interest meeting Thursday, January 28th. For more information,
contact Patrick in Student Activities.

MT MINSI HIKE - Leaders: Kaitlyn & Leah
Saturday, Nov . 11th —Delaware Water Gap
Hike the Gap! See the beautiful views from the top of Minsi of the gap straddling the state line of PA and NJ!

WILKES BARRE ROCK GYM MISERICORDIA NIGHT!
Monday, Nov 13th - 7-11pm
The rock gym is open ONLY to Misericordia students, faculty, and staff! All levels welcome! ($5)

NIGHT HIKE - Leaders: Melanie & Tom
Thursday, Nov. 15th—9pm, mystery location
Live the evening in the quiet of the night with one of SOAR’s classic night hikes. Don’t forget a mug for hot cocoa!

CHOKE CREEK BACKPACKING TRIP - Leaders: Kiersten & Trinity
Saturday, Nov. 18th—Sunday 19th - 9am, Thornhurst, PA
Adventure this weekend on freshly fallen leaves and
check out the stunning Choke Creek!
Don’t miss out! ($15)

DECEMBER

SOAR BONFIRE
Thursday, Dec. 7th, 9pm - Behind Mangelsdorf Field
Enjoy smores right before finals, celebrate the end of the
semester, get psyched for the winter break!

SMUGGLERS NOTCH SKI TRIP
Tuesday, December 19th-Friday, December 22nd - Vermont
Join SOAR for the annual trip to Vermont, stay in slopeside
condos, and enjoy a vacation RIGHT after finals! For more
information, attend the info meeting on Thursday Oct 5th or contact Patrick in Student Activities!

Teambuilding

Does your team, club, or organization want to be more effective? Team building is a challenging group experience that helps build supportive and effective teams. Success of the group is dependent on participation of all members involved. Team building programs focus on development healthy group interactions in a lively and energetic setting. They are designed to meet specific group needs, which would be assessed beforehand with the help of a contact person. Team building can help groups become stronger and better prepared for the obstacles they face.

Stewardship and Service

SOAR activities raise an awareness of the natural environment in which we live. Whether it is planning an Earth Day celebration or a service project, SOAR activities focus on the concept of leaving a place better than when you came. By challenging people to lead more thoughtful lives, SOAR activities reflect the mission of Misericordia University. SOAR activities focus on improving both physical and emotional health in an enriching and rewarding setting.

For more information, please contact Student Activities.

Equipment

To encourage outdoor recreation, SOAR provides students the ability to rent quality outdoor gear at reasonable prices. All equipment is maintained in excellent condition and inspected regularly. Rentals available for one through nine days.

Equipment is provided to participants free of charge when participating in SOAR activities.

SOAR Rents the following equipment:

  • tent: MSR 3-person w/ footprint
  • tent: Black Diamond 2-person mirage w/ footprint
  • sleeping bag: Wiggy's 20-degree
  • sleeping bag: EMS 0-degree Boreal
  • sleeping bag: Cascade sleeping pad
  • water: PFD
  • water: Throwbag
  • hiking: Trekking poles
  • hiking: MSR Water Filter
  • cooking: MSR Stove w/ full fuel bottle
  • cooking: Pots/Pans
  • cooking: Individual cook kit
  • mountain/Climbing: helmets
  • climbing: Black Diamond Harness - big wall
  • climbing: Black Diamond Harness
  • climbing: Mad Rock Phoenix Climbing shoes
  • climbing: chalkbag
  • climbing: belay device w/ caribiner
  • climbing: figure 8
  • winter: snowshoes
  • Backpack: Kelty 4900-6400 CU
  • Maps: Misc PA state park/forests (contact SOAR for more information)

At this time, SOAR does not rent canoes, kayaks, or climbing ropes. This equipment is available on all SOAR-sponsored activities.

For pricing and rental agreements, please contact Student Activities or email Patrick McKamy at pmckamy@misericordia.edu

Essentials Workshop

SOAR offers several Essentials Workshops throughout the academic year that are open to the Misericordia community wishing to develop or hone their outdoor skills. These are designed to allow students to learn in a safe and supporting environment. Some past workshops have included Orienteering, Leave No Trace, Belaying, and Snowshoeing.

Additionally, SOAR sometimes offers specialty training opportunities, such as certification in Wilderness First Aid, open to the Misericordia community.

Challenge Course Waiver

Interested in the Challenge Course? Don't forget to sign the permission waiver!

Challenge Course Waiver


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