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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 while preparing for your new college adventure. 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 the SOAR trips, cell phones, mp3 players, or other electronics which will distract them from the experience are NOT ALLOWED.  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 requests 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 strategic 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 25th - September 3rd, 2021 Trip Offerings:

Cost for these trips is $250. This covers meals, transportation, instruction, group equipment, meals and souvenir.

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Rock Climbing

Devils Lake State Park, WI

Climb to new heights and be amazed by the awesome views from the top during this rock climbing adventure.  Don't forget your hiking shoes and swimsuit, we may show you our favorite rock to jump off.

Woman Portaging a Canoe


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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!!

Two Women Posing by a lake


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Due to the popularity of the backpacking trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, we added a second trip so more people get an opportunity to experience this scenic journey!

No Extended Trip Offering for 2021 (We'll bring it back in 2022):

Cost for the extended trip is $325. This covers meals, transportation, instruction, group equipment, meals and souvenir.

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elizabeth portaging a canoe

The Grand Canoeing Adventure (Not offered in 2021)

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Back again for 2020 is an extended canoe adventure.  Move in a few days earlier and head out for an 8 day trip.  Journey from the Ely side of the BWCA to the Gunflint side, the route you follow is up to you!

Woman Portaging a Canoe


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) 723-6165

Summer Rental Hours
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED
8/14 - 9/6: CLOSED
If you would like to request a pick-up or return outside of our office hours, please contact us.

Summer Climbing Wall Hours
The climbing wall is closed until the first day of the Fall semester.