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SOAR Adventure Camp

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:18 PM EDT
Some students with learning disabilities are improving their self-esteem and academic skills at a local camp.

As News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us in today's Health Alert, it's translating to  success at home and in the classroom.

Finding balance in their lives is important for these youth taking part in a session of success oriented achievement realized summer camp -- or SOAR -- in Balsam.

This camp is a 26-day program for boys 14 to 17 years old.

They've all been diagnosed with some type of learning disability, often ADHD.

John Willson, SOAR executive director, "we really developed and completely built this program around these kids knowing what makes them tick, what allows them to be successful."

A.J. Manning is in the swing of things now, but a couple of years ago attention deficit hyperactivity disorder took its toll at school.

Stacy Manning, A.J.'s mother, "it was pretty bad. There were times even I was worried he was going to hurt himself. He was so depressed by the end of the year and frustrated with himself."

Learning at SOAR how to lead a team, and effectively study as a student, made a difference.

A.J. Manning, camp participant, "it just gave me the motivation I needed to know to do work."

Stacy, "when I picked him up, he was totally a self-confident kid, totally assured of himself, and was a totally different kid by the time he left here."

A.J. , "I love the whole fact that I have the mindset to do work and then knowing I had fun doing it I wanted to come back."

The 26-day program costs $4400 and is not typically covered by insurance.

Various sessions serve male and female participants from as young as eight, all the way up up to 25.

For more information, click here. SOAR Adventure Camp


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