There are two Summit Outdoor Adventure Program (SOAP) wilderness trips during the summer when school is out for at risk youth.The boys’ trip is two weeks in June and the girls’ trip is one week in July or August. SOAP provides the opportunity to learn life skills, personal responsibility, and participate in community service activities.
Usually, the boys’ trip begins and ends with raft and team building trips down the Green River in Utah.In between, they may work at Ruby Ranch – moving rocks, mending fences and feeding cows – teaching the boys the value of hard work.
The girls’ trip may begin their journey at the same ranch doing service work that might include painting the ranch hand’s house, feeding cows and cleaning up the fields. They too float down the Green River and spend time hiking, swimming and learning the history of the river. All who successfully complete the course learn about team work, trust, and may earn community service hours.
A big thank you to the Fifth Judicial District, and Senate Bill ’94, for funding this program.It is a strengths-based approach to helping youth succeed.