Frequently Asked Questions
Are all of the SOAR programs only provided in Big Bear, California?
No, SOAR provides programs all over the United States, indoors and out.
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). The SOAR staff is given over 40 hours in their initial training and encouraged and supported to continue to enhance their skills in all areas.
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 Insurances that cover all areas such as Liability, Worker's Compensation and Sexual Abuse and Molestation. All requirements for Schools, Universities, Corporations, Leadership Groups, Sports Team and other organized groups have been met.
Are the SOAR facilitators Background checked?
We are proud to answer that each SOAR facilitator is absolutely Background checked and the Interview process is approximately 4 days in length. We pride ourselves in the level of the SOAR team and know that our team is why the SOAR programs have a return rate of 95%