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Frequently Asked Questions
"The SOAR Team delivered more
than we could ever have hoped for."
Are all of the SOAR programs only provided in Big Bear, California?
Are there other programs other than Ropes Course climbing?
Absolutely. We offer custom designed programs that can be in a classroom setting, conference room, low team building activities on the ground, on the sandy beaches, in a park or activities field, Invention Convention, The Great Race, etc.
What if someone in the group is physically challenged, overweight or elderly?
SOAR has designed the programs to include each participant even if they do not participate in physical climbing or activity. The processing and debriefing is valuable and each person can engage in other areas of participation such as coaching, support, helping with gear, etc. Each individual is encouraged to participate 100% in how they are able which is significant to the overall goal of their group.
What if someone is scared and does not want to participate?
SOAR's philosophy is "Challenge By Choice". The participant is challenged to choose to participate outside of their Comfort Zone although we believe that each person has their own level of challenge. Both SOAR and the participants are asked to honor Challenge By Choice throughout each and every program.
What do the participants that are not climbing do? Do they line up and wait?
Absolutely Not.The SOAR programs are active and engaging. The participants are given roles while they are waiting for their turn at climbing such as belaying the climber on ropes, coaching and supporting their team, assisting their team mates in putting on gear, etc. Our group sizes are approximately 12 people per group with their own SOAR facilitator. This allows for personal attention to each participant and individual coaching.
Does the SOAR staff have training?
Each SOAR facilitator is trained to the standards of ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) with many of those holding either Level I or Level II Certification. The SOAR staff is given over 60 hours in their initial training and encouraged and supported to continue to enhance their skills in all areas of facilitation.
Does the group need to bring any gear or hardware?
No, SOAR provides all gear, hardware and props needed for each program. Our gear is designed to fit participants
ranging in small sizes to large sizes. Our gear is inspected annually as well as the Ropes Courses that we utilize throughout the Nation.
Does SOAR have Insurance / Liability, Worker's Comp?
Without a doubt. SOAR has all the appropriate Insurances that cover a multitude of areas such as Liability & Worker's Compensation with the ability to add specific "riders" to meet your group's requirements. Each Participant is required to sign a Participant Agreement.
Are the SOAR facilitators Background checked?
Yes. The SOAR facilitators are background checked and the Interview process is approximately 4 days in length.