SOS programs engage at-risk youth through adventure sports. Students who might not typically have access to outdoor sports learn new activities like skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking and stand up paddle boarding. Along the way they are mentored by adult volunteers, practice SOS’s core values, take part in leadership workshops, and complete service learning projects. The SOS curriculum requires increased commitment each year, allowing youth to develop over time into healthy, confident, active members of the community.
The SOS curriculum progression includes:
Adventure A one or two day program introducing a new adventure sport.
Academy A five day program that introduces one of the core values each day, alongside instruction in a new sport.
University A four year leadership program focused on service, sports, mentorship. For students in Eagle and Summit County, University is now a year-round experience offering students a continuous year of positive adult mentorship and adventure sports. The year-round program is gradually expanding to other locations as well.
Masters/Jr. Sherpa A peer mentorship program that offers intensive leadership training and the opportunity to teach younger students.
SOS Outreach operates under special use authorization of the White River National Forest. SOS Outreach is an equal opportunity employer.