Camp SOAR (Special Olympics Athlete Retreat) is an exciting week that encourages current Special Olympics athletes to try new sports and recruit new athletes to participate in Special Olympics. The camp also features activities such as bingo, arts and crafts, dances and a talent show.
Camp SOAR is open to Special Olympics athletes and potential athletes in Mecklenburg County, fulfilling a need for a summer day camp available to individuals with intellectual disabilities who want and deserve the same opportunity as others to attend summer camp. Camp SOAR provides sports training and enrichment activities, that keep athletes interested in physical fitness outside their regular sports training and competition. Camp SOAR is not just about sports, but provides necessary experiences of acceptance, and participation in summer camp social activities enjoyed by people among the general population who attend traditional summer camps. SOAR campers benefit from three days of physical activity, exposure to new sports and the fun and fellowship of traditional day camp activities such as arts & crafts, dances, a talent show, and access to a computer lab. While other organizations offer summer camps, availability for campers with intellectual disabilities is limited and usually involves fees. Camp SOAR is free to all participants thanks to our generous sponsors!