Programs

 

Operating as an out of school program, SOS engages participants with the popular appeal of outdoor adventure sports. Once SOS interests youth with the adventure activity, it introduces character development through five core values and leadership training. The organization further fosters opportunities for students to participate as active and giving members of their communities. Participants are required to complete service projects in their communities while in SOS programs. In addition, participants are mentored by adult volunteers from the community who guide them through the program, encourage them in goal setting, guide their service project selection, and serve as positive role models.

Adventure programs are one or two day programs that expose youth to a new sport or experience. Students are provided with all the necessary clothing and gear and are able to experience outdoor activities such as rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, peak ascending, teams course, and snowshoeing. more...

Academy programs are multi-day programs in which a new SOS core value is introduced and coupled with an outdoor activity daily. Academy programs empower students by making concrete connections between the activity and the meaning of the SOS core values, laying the foundation for future character development. Academy programs include Learn to Ride, Hut Trips, and Backyard Adventures. more...

University is an intensive four-year program requiring students to increase community engagement and personal growth annually. Students engage in leadership training with a consistent adult mentor, complete service learning and life skills workshops, as well as participate in winter sports. Service projects include stocking shelves at local food banks, preparing and delivering Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, and bell ringing for the Salvation Army. In the University program, participants complete one day of activity in their communities or in the classroom for a leadership program for every day of activity they complete in the field. more...

Masters is designed for students who have shown extraordinary commitment to SOS's six core values throughout five previous years in Academy and University. The new curriculum includes four years of progressive requirements which develop mentor-based leadership capabilities, communications skills, self-directed goal-setting, and the ability to take initiative. Participants are trained as peer mentors to implement the SOS curriculum across ride days, workshops, and service projects, while completing intensive leadership training. These elements were created in order to better support long-term students, providing new challenges to inspire success. SOS is proud of the commitment so many long-term participants have shown to creating change in their communities, and is excited to launch this new curriculum in support of that commitment. more...