The Benchmark Transitions SOAR
(Sober Outdoor Adventure Recreation) program recently received a curriculum update from experienced outdoor educator, Cory Skaggs, the grandson of Founder/CEO, Jayne Longnecker-Harper, M.Ed.
Cory is currently a junior at Sierra Nevada University (SNU) in Lake Tahoe, NV, majoring in Interdiscliplinary Studies with an emphasis in Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) and Ski Area & Resort Management. Cory has led the ODAL Orientation at SNU, has been trained as a Certified Outdoor Educator at National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and has training as a White Water Rafting Guide. He holds his Wilderness First Responder (WRF) certification, Leave No Trace (LNT) certification and is also a certified Avalanche-I Rescue responder.
Cory developed the Field Guide and Curriculum for the SOAR hiking activities that are implemented weekly on Fridays, from 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The curriculum includes Overview & Purpose, Education Standards, Objectives, Evaluation and Resources. The SOAR curriculum includes classroom and experiential activities with 12 standard rotational courses. Classes include planning and preparation, safety, map reading and other essential outdoor hiking basics. Clients and staff then practice their skills as they enjoy the beautiful hiking areas in Southern California.
The SOAR Curriculum is led by a Master's level credentialed educator with over 10 years of experience in outdoor education, as well as a licensed/credentialed clinician to co-facilitate therapeutic learning experiences within the programming.