What is the SOAR Program?

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
John Muir

The SOAR Program is Misericordia University's Student Outdoor Adventure & Recreation Program. SOAR uses the outdoors as a medium to foster growth and development of leadership skills both at individual and group levels. It provides students with opportunities to safely participate in value-based outdoor activities. SOAR works to instill an appreciation for nature and a willingness to gain experiences in unfamiliar territories.

SOAR offers a wide variety of activities that range from a quiet walk in the woods to an exciting day of rock climbing. The challenges faced in a supportive setting can serve as an escape from the stresses of student life or help to overcome fears and limitations. Its challenging activities can serve as metaphors for the difficulties faced by every college student. SOAR provides another opportunity for the College Community to gain a unique, educational experience in a wilderness setting. In these instances, students develop skills that can apply to any situation they may encounter in the future.

For More Information, or to sign up for any of the numerous events, please contact Allison Kinsey, Coordinator of Student Engagement at
(570) 674 -6411 or
or simply stop by the Student Engagement Office!

Fall 2018 Events


NIGHT HIKE - Leader: Cassidy
Thursday, Oct 18th - 7pm, Frances Slocum State Park
Get out there and explore a local trail during a beautiful fall evening!

DAY HIKE - Leader: Cassidy
Saturday, October 27th - 9am, Rickett's Glen State Park
See some sights and enjoy some fall foliage while exploring the trails at this local hiking hot spot!


HIKE AND SCRAMBLE - Leader: Kiersten
Sunday, Nov 4th - 9am, Boulder Field
Spend the day trekking around and over some boulders on a beautiful local trail!

PADDLING - Leader: Leah
Sunday, Nov 11th - 10AM, Frances Slocum State Park
Question: Is there a better way to start a week than leaf peeping from the waters of a beautiful local lake? Answer: No.

DAY HIKE - Leader: Kaitlyn
Sunday, Nov 18 - 9AM, Pinchot State Forest
Spend a day traversing the stunning trails in the Pinchot State Forest, a local treasure only a stone's throw from campus!


Ski and Snowboard Trip - Leader: Allison
Sunday, Dec 16th - Wednesday, Dec 19th, Smuggler's Notch
Join us on our annual pilgrimage to Smuggler's Notch Resort in Vermont! We will spend spend two full days on the slopes and also explore the beautiful city of Burlington, Vermont!


Does your team, club, or organization want to be more effective? Team building is a challenging group experience that helps build supportive and effective teams. Success of the group is dependent on participation of all members involved. Team building programs focus on development healthy group interactions in a lively and energetic setting. They are designed to meet specific group needs, which would be assessed beforehand with the help of a contact person. Team building can help groups become stronger and better prepared for the obstacles they face.

Stewardship and Service

SOAR activities raise an awareness of the natural environment in which we live. Whether it is planning an Earth Day celebration or a service project, SOAR activities focus on the concept of leaving a place better than when you came. By challenging people to lead more thoughtful lives, SOAR activities reflect the mission of Misericordia University. SOAR activities focus on improving both physical and emotional health in an enriching and rewarding setting.

For more information, please contact Student Engagement.


To encourage outdoor recreation, SOAR provides students the ability to rent quality outdoor gear at reasonable prices. All equipment is maintained in excellent condition and inspected regularly. Rentals available for one through nine days.

Equipment is provided to participants free of charge when participating in SOAR activities.

SOAR Rents the following equipment:

  • tent: MSR 3-person w/ footprint
  • tent: Black Diamond 2-person mirage w/ footprint
  • sleeping bag: Wiggy's 20-degree
  • sleeping bag: EMS 0-degree Boreal
  • sleeping bag: Cascade sleeping pad
  • water: PFD
  • water: Throwbag
  • hiking: Trekking poles
  • hiking: MSR Water Filter
  • cooking: MSR Stove w/ full fuel bottle
  • cooking: Pots/Pans
  • cooking: Individual cook kit
  • mountain/Climbing: helmets
  • climbing: Black Diamond Harness - big wall
  • climbing: Black Diamond Harness
  • climbing: Mad Rock Phoenix Climbing shoes
  • climbing: chalkbag
  • climbing: belay device w/ caribiner
  • climbing: figure 8
  • winter: snowshoes
  • Backpack: Kelty 4900-6400 CU
  • Maps: Misc PA state park/forests (contact SOAR for more information)

At this time, SOAR does not rent canoes, kayaks, or climbing ropes. This equipment is available on all SOAR-sponsored activities.

For pricing and rental agreements, please contact Student Engagement or email Allison Kinsey at

Essentials Workshop

SOAR offers several Essentials Workshops throughout the academic year that are open to the Misericordia community wishing to develop or hone their outdoor skills. These are designed to allow students to learn in a safe and supporting environment. Some past workshops have included Orienteering, Leave No Trace, Belaying, and Snowshoeing.

Additionally, SOAR sometimes offers specialty training opportunities, such as certification in Wilderness First Aid, open to the Misericordia community.

Challenge Course Waiver

Interested in the Challenge Course? Don't forget to sign the permission waiver!

Challenge Course Waiver

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