Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat

Are you ready to SOAR?


The College of St. Scholastica is located in an outdoor mecca. Students Outdoor Adventure Retreat trips venture into world-class, regional outdoor venues.  NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! S.O.A.R. is sponsored by Outdoor PURSUIT! and is guided by highly-trained and nationally certified student guides. Discover great opportunities to bond with other incoming students and acclimate to the college scene. Immediately take advantage of the tremendous resources in and around our college campus!

So why should you be part of SOAR?

Are you nervous? Excited? Maybe you're just anxious to move on to the next chapter of your life? Let Outdoor PURSUIT! and our student guides help you transition into you new home. Your week will be full of exciting opportunities and adventures. Our guides will train you and provide you with all of the necessary equipment to have a fun and safe trip. During your trip you will build relationships with others that are going through the same changes you are, as well as ask all those questions you haven't been able to ask in an emotionally and physically safe environment. So if you're ready to go on an adventure and meet some new people, look at the trip options and SIGN-UP!!! Space is limited and trips fill fast so don't wait too long.

Can I bring my cell phone?

During SOAR we ask that participants do not bring cell phones, mp3 players, or other electronics which will distract them from the experience.  Most of the locations we travel to do not have cell phone reception and we do not want you to break or lose your electronics in the wilderness.  We do allow cameras and digital cameras so you can document your experience.  Each trip will also have a digital camera for participants to use throughout the entire trip, we will share those photos with anyone who reqest them.  

What about safety and emergency communication?

In terms of safety and communication, our guides are trained in wilderness medicine, emergency response, and risk management.  We are stratigic and detailed when we plan and prepare for these trips in order to minimize risk and maximize fun.  Each trip is equipped with first aid supplies, a guide who is nationally certified in wilderness medicine, and a device to alert the college and the nearest emergency services if needed.  We take safety very seriously, if you have any questions, let us know.

August 23rd - August 31st Trip Offerings (Pre-Welcome Weekend Trip)

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New for 2018, SOARvivor will test your skills and help you hone them so you can pursue future wilderness trips and jobs.

Man Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing (FULL)

Climb to new heights and be amazed by the awesome views from the top during this rock climbing adventure.

Women sitting ins sea kayaks

Sea Kayaking (FULL)

Discover ship wrecks, light houses,  and sea caves from the cockpit of a kayak. Your group will paddle to multiple islands while camping and exploring along the way.

Woman Portaging a Canoe

Canoeing (1 Trip Full)

Travel thru the splendor of the 1,090,000-acre wilderness bordering MN and Canada. Together you will camp, canoe, and explore while learning about life at CSS.  Two trip options!!

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Backpacking (1 Trip Full)

Choose to hike along the Superior Hiking Trail just north of Duluth or the North Country National Scenic in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Two trip options!

August 1st - August 7th Offerings (Early SOAR):

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Kayaking - This trip will not be offered in 2018

Can't SOAR with us later in August? Join us for an early kayak or canoe trip at the beginning of August instead.

Two girls canoeing


Maybe you can't decide between 2 SOAR trips, do them both! Sign up for an early SOAR trip and another at the end of August!

S.O.A.R. Registration

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SOAR Mission/Vision

To place students in a unique environment with their peers where they can learn how to safely and respectfully explore and grow through experiential learning. SOAR facilitates experiences and discussions to help new students explore new ideas and begin the transition to becoming independent and successful college students.

To provide opportunities for interpersonal and intrapersonal growth through guided trips in the natural environment that offer physically and emotionally safe challenges.

Contact Us | OP!

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Outdoor PURSUIT!
The College of St. Scholastica
BWC, Room  104
1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 625-4940

Rental Hours
Monday: 4pm - 9pm
Tuesday: 4pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 4pm - 9pm
Thursday: 4pm - 9pm
Friday: 2pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Rentals may be available by appointment during breaks
Email us to inquire.

Climbing Wall Hours
Monday: 5pm - 9pm
Tuesday: 5pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 9pm
Thursday: 5pm - 9pm
Friday: 3pm - 7pm
*Saturday: 10am - 4pm
*Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
*Due to lower staffing on weekends, belay lessons may not be available.
Closed during student breaks, but we may be able to accommodate private parties.