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:
(570) 674 -6411
Or simply stop by the Student Activities Office.

Spring 2018 Events

"Why Wait?"


BRUCE LAKE SNOWSHOE - Leaders: Leah & Mel
Saturday, Jan 21st - 9am, Promised Land S.P.
Snowshoe out to local glacier lake and walk on ice! Fills up fast!

MT TAMMANY SNOWSHOE - Leaders: Kiersten & Keana
Saturday, Jan 27th - 8:30am, Delaware Water Gap
Conquer some of the best views of Pennsylvania in snowshoes!

ICE CLIMBING - Leaders: Pat M & Tom ($20)
Sun Jan 28th - 9am, local ice routes
Experience local ice climbing and enjoy some runs up some local
routes! All abilities welcome, beginners encouraged to attend!
(extremely limited)

WINTER WATERFALLS TREK - Leaders: Trinity & Cassidy ($10)
Saturday, Feb 3st - 9am, Rickets Glen S.P.
Trek the Falls Trail of Rickets Glen and check out the frozen waterfalls in the winter. Limited space.

ICE SKATING - Leaders: Cassidy & Leah ($10)
Friday, Feb 9th - 7:30-9pm, Wilkes Barre
Ice skating in Wilkes-Barre! Bring your friends!

WORLDS END GLAMPING - Leaders: Pat J & Kiersten ($20)
Saturday, Feb 10 - Feb 11th, Worlds End S.P.
Go cabin camping with SOAR! Enjoy a day of snowshoeing followed up by an evening of games! Get away from it all in this epic cabin camping trip!

OPEN CLIMB NIGHT - Leaders: Pat M., Tom, & Trinity ($5)
Wednesday, Feb 14th - 6-10pm, Wilkes Barre Rock Gym
Join us for Climb Night in Wilkes-Barre for only $5! All gear included! Transportation available with sign-up!

SLIDE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT - Leaders: Tom &Cassidy
Saturday, Feb 17th - Catskills, NY
Summit the highest peak in the Catskills and be rewarded with beautiful stunning views. This is a more challenging adventure.

Saturday, Feb 24th - 9am, destination unknown!
Sign up for the unknown! Go on an adventure armed with snowshoes and a camera, to discover someplace new!

ICE CLIMBING - Leaders: Pat M & Cassidy ($20)
Sun Feb 25th - 9am, local ice routes
Experience local ice climbing and enjoy some runs up some local routes! All abilities welcome, beginners encouraged to attend! (extremely limited)

ESCAPE ROOM - Leaders Cassidy & Patrick J (price tba)
Wednesday, Feb 28th - 5pm


Saturday, March 17th– Sunday, March 18th, Thunderbolt Trail, Mass

Ski down the tallest mountain in Massachusetts on one of the most famous backcountry ski trails around. This is a more challenging adventure for advanced skiers/boarders only.

NIGHT HIKE - Leaders Mel & Cassidy
Thursday, March 22nd - 9pm
A classic night hike at one of northeast PA’s mysterious night hike locations to see some epic stars.

PA GRAND CANYON HIKE - leaders: Pat J & Keana
Saturday, March 24th - Central PA
Pennsylvania has a grand canyon! Check out the beautiful views while experiencing the falls trails and the epic central valley.

OPEN CLIMB NIGHT - leaders: Pat M, Tom, & Trinity ($5)
Monday March 26th - 6-10pm, Wilkes Barre Rock Gym
Before the Easter holiday, spend Monday rock climbing with ONLY the
Misericordia community! That’s right, we RENTED the rock gym!


Starts Thursday, April 5th - 8:30pm, on campus
Learn the literal ropes with anchor set-up for climbing. Course fee
includes text, limited equipment, and sessions. Limited to 8 participants.

TILLBURY ROCK CLIMBING - Leaders: Cassidy & Pat M.
Saturday, April 7th - 9am, Tillbury PA
First climbing outing of the season, get outside and hit the rocks. All skill levels encouraged to register!

GLEN ONOKO FALLS - Leaders: Kaitlyn & Kiersten
Sunday, April 8th - 9am, Jim Thorpe, PA
Head down to Jim Thorpe and hit the epic falls at Glen
Onoko. Enjoy the views of cliffside PA and explore historic downtown Jim Thorpe afterwards!

PADDLING OVERNIGHT - leaders: Leah & Keana
Saturday, April 14th– Sunday, April 15th, Pennsylvania
Explore central PA on a boat, camp out on islands, and enjoy a mid-April getaway. See central Pennsylvania like never before.

OPEN PADDLING - leaders: Leah & Pat J
Monday, April 16th - 4:30pm, Frances Slocum SP
Relax a bit on the lake and take a break from studying!
OPEN CLIMB NIGHT - leaders: Pat M, Tom, & Trinity ($5)
Monday April 16th - 6-10pm, Wilkes Barre Rock Gym
Spend Monday rock climbing with ONLY the Misericordia community! That’s right, we RENTED the rock gym!

BONTICOU CRAG HIKE - leaders: Trinity & Kiersten
Sunday, April 22nd - 8am, Shawagunks
Scramble up the epic Bonticou Crag in the Mohonk Preserve, this is a hike for the books with beautiful views and amazing adventure. Includes Class 3 scrambling! This is a more challenging adventure.

OPEN PADDLING - leaders: Leah & Trinity
Monday, April 23rd - 4:30pm, Frances Slocum SP
Relax a bit on the lake and take a break from studying!

Saturday, April 28th - 9am, Mocanaqua PA
First climbing outing of the season, get outside and hit the rocks. All skill levels encouraged to register!


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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