Our 15-year-old son had a very difficult 18 months prior to going to SOAR. He has ADHD and PDD-NOS and was only going to school intermittently due to anxiety (we live overseas, so he also has some cultural obstacles as well). SOAR was absolutely life changing for him. He participated in the 2-week canoeing course in NC and was extremely reluctant at first (i.e. refused to get out of the car). He cried the first night and then, with the seasoned assistance of the counselors, decided to buck up and participate. By the end of the session, he had returned to being the kid we knew two years ago and then some. According to his counselor, he was helpful, kind and a natural leader in the group. The phone call at the end of camp was the first positive feedback we had heard about him in many years, and I'm sure the final night of camp was a real boost for him, when he heard positive feedback from the other kids. The wilderness gave him a place to face his anxieties and win. At this point in his life, I don't expect quick fixes, so I was absolutely amazed by the child who got off the plane. Since returning to our place of residence, he has decided to switch schools to a better one and is slowly overcoming many obstacles that he has faced over the past few years. He is starting to face his own weaknesses and can better verbalize when he is overwhelmed. He had previously attended another camp for kids with ADHD, which was good, but SOAR is simply the best. He is already thinking about which SOAR camp he would like to do next summer.