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SOAR Outdoor Details

SOAR Outdoor is an engaging, adventurous meeting place to develop the skills you need to transition to college life.  Over the course of five days, you will participate in the unique challenge of backcountry travel while getting to know other incoming students and upper class student leaders.  

As an adventure education program, you can expect to face challenges and experience joy in equal measure. Through conversations and guided reflection, you and your peers will find the connection between what you experience in the wilderness and what you experience at home or on campus. 


Monday, Aug. 8 to Friday, Aug. 12


  • $450 per student.
  • Includes: Instruction/ Leaders; Equipment, Meals; Technical clothing (e.g. waterproof layers); Transportation to/from program area.
  • Not included: Basic clothing (e.g. shirts, pants, baselayers, socks) and Backpacking boots
  • Scholarships available for those with demonstrated financial need
    • Deadline for requesting financial assistance is July 25
    • Indicate need on SOAR Outdoor registration form (below)
    • For additional information, contact Kristin Coffey at 

Steps to Register

Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and will remain open until all available spots are filled or until the registration deadline of July 31, 2022 (whichever comes first). To complete your registration, you must complete all three steps.

  1. Submit the Online Registration Form

  2. Print, read, and have physician complete and sign SOAR Outdoor Medical Form and send to Ashlen Hammond, Venture Outdoor Leadership, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223

  3. Following instructions to submit payment ($450) for SOAR Outdoor

Registrants should expect to receive a confirmation e-mail if/when they complete registration. For any questions, e-mail Venture at

Refund Policy

For canceled registrations made by July 31, 2022, a full refund will be issued. Refunds will not be made for cancellations communicated after this date. If you do need to cancel your registration, please email Venture at

Things to Remember

  • UNC Charlotte is following CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  Before participating in SOAR Outdoor, Venture encourages students to get the vaccine, and may require masks during the program.  
  • We will update participants as we get closer to the program with what our specific protocols will be surrounding COVID-mitigation practices.

Academic Credit

Students can earn two Fall semester academic credit hours for SOAR Outdoor. Email Dave Sperry ( for more details.