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.

Special Pre-Orientation Opportunity!
SOAR, Misericordia's outdoor program, also offers two 3-day adventures summer 2015 to incoming first year students to meet some fellow students and experience an outdoor adventure to start your college career! For more information, simply click here, or in the left sidebar! Don't miss out, there is limited space, and it is a first-come, first serve sign-up!

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

2016-2017 Events

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

"Why Wait?"

Begins Tuesday, February 21 - evenings
Enjoy 5 evenings (2/21, 2/28, 3/14, 3/21, and 3/28) of
climbing down at Wilkes-Barre Climbing Gym. 5 times
climbing, only $40! Includes transportation, instruction, and gear. Sign up today in Student Activities!

Monday, April 10th, 8:30pm - Insalaco 219
Want to learn some of the finer details of rock climbing anchor set-ups? Sign up for this 3 session class to learn more!
(textbook, sling, and cordellette included!)

Saturday, January 28th - 8:30am ($15)
Join SOAR for Ice Climbing! That’s right, throw a tool into some ice and climb a frozen waterfall! Required orientation session Friday, January 27th prior to trip. Extremely limited space.
Sunday, February 5th 10:30am - Promised Land State Park
Get outside Snowshoeing! Head to Promised Land State Park and traverse frozen glacier lake in snowshoes! Limited space!

Saturday, February 18th 830am—Rickets Glen State Park ($15)
Join SOAR for Ice Climbing! That’s right, throw a tool into some ice and climb a frozen waterfall! Required orientation session Friday, February 17th prior to trip. Extremely limited space.
Tuesday, February 21th—Wilkes Barre Climbing Gym 6:00pm - WBCG ($40)
See above for more details.

Saturday, March 18th
Get outdoors with a hike in early spring! Destination mountains

Saturday, March 25th—Sunday, March 26th ($20)
Enjoy a weekend of camping with SOAR! Get outside and enjoy a weekend of excitement with topping out on Peekamoose and Tablerock mountains in the Catskill Mountain Preserve, NY!

Thursday, April 6th 9pm - Destination Unknown
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!
Limited space, sign up today.

Monday, April 10th, 8:30pm - Insalaco 219
See above for more details

Thursday, April 20th, 4:30pm - Frances Slocum State Park Thursday, April 27th, 4:30pm - Frances Slocum State Park
Join SOAR for an evening of canoe or kayak paddling over at local Frances Slocum. Transportation and all gear is provided at 4:30pm, or just meet us at the pond! No experience needed!
Sunday, April 23th
Get out to Bruce Lake for a fantastic lake adventure. Enjoy the isolation and quiet of this glacier lake!

Saturday, April 29th, 11am- Mocanaqua (free)
Want to go climbing? Join SOAR as we head down to the local crags for a day of climbing fun! No experience needed! More information, contact Student Activities. (limited space!)


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.


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

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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