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SOS: Summer’s OVER!      Fun Had By All!

The SOS Summer Program  took kids on a horseback ride thanks to Half-moon Packing & Outfitting. Photo: Leadville SOS Program.

The SOS Summer Program took kids on a horseback ride thanks to Half-moon Packing & Outfitting. Photo: Leadville SOS Program.

The Snowboard Outreach Society (SOS) Program wrapped up another successful summer, offering three, 5-day camp sessions. Now in its third year of summer programs in Leadville, SOS had almost 30 kids enrolled in the program over the past three months. That’s a big increase from last year; Leadville Coordinator Sara Pederson did a great job rounding up local youth and putting them to task on having a good time in their own backyard.

Allie Collins learns to kayak at the SOS Summer Program. Photo: Leadville SOS Program.

Allie Collins learns to kayak at the SOS Summer Program. Photo: Leadville SOS Program.

Some of their activities included skateboarding, stand up paddle boarding, horseback riding, fly fishing, rafting, to name a few. The program also makes sure to incorporate some service days in the program to teach youth the importance of giving back, and getting involved in your community.  This summer, the SOS kids helped out at Swan Center Outreach horse rescue and at one of the 10th Mtn Huts as volunteer projects.  

Of course, there’s a whole host of people and businesses behind the scenes that make all of his happen. Thanks to the generous donations from Colorado Fly Fishing Guides, Half-moon Packing & Outfitting, Performance Tours, and Copper Mountain, they were able to keep the cost for the program very low.

Volunteer Cameron Jones does a trick at the skateboard outing on Leadville's Mineral Belt Trail. Photo: Leadville SOS Program.

Volunteer Cameron Jones does a trick at the skateboard outing on Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail. Photo: Leadville SOS Program.

Another huge part of the SOS Program’s success every year comes from the dedicated volunteers, this year James Klares, and Cameron Jones really made the program great. so thanks to everyone who was involved in the Summer SOS Program. It’s a great youth program that just continues to grow in the Leadville/Lake County Community.

Which brings to mind the SOS WINTER Program . . . A_Spacer_Thin

Here’s Coordinator Sara Pederson will all the details:

This winter will be our 5th year at Ski Cooper, and we will be welcoming our first class of Junior Sherpa’s (peer mentors) in to the program.  They will be mentoring the younger kids, and working through a leadership development, and social justice project.  We will be enrolling 35 kids in to the university program at Ski Cooper, and 25 kids in the learn to ride program at Breckenridge.SOS_Winter

Learn to Ride is run through the school, and takes place at Breckenridge.  LTR is 5 consecutive weekends, focusing mainly on learning to ski or snowboard.  After the kids complete LTR the next year they are invited back to join the 6 month, 4+ year program called University, this runs at Ski Cooper, and focuses on not just skiing and snowboarding but service learning, leadership development, mentoring, social justice, and our 5 (now 6) core values. Note: Learn To Ride and University are 2 different programs.

In the past, we have had 5 core values, and each day we focus on expanding our knowledge and use of one of the values:  Courage, Discipline, Integrity, Wisdom, and Compassion.  This year we are introducing our new 6th core value; Humility. 

I am excited and hopeful for another successful season, and I can’t wait to get out on the hill with the kids, Sherpa’s, and Junior Sherpa’s.  We are keeping our fingers crossed for a very snowy and powder filled season!

Anyone interested in joining either LTR or University, or interested in volunteering for either program can contact Sara Pederson spederson@sosoutreach.org or (970) 763-7168.

Registration is on Wednesday, Sept 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Lake County Middle School. Orientations for the winter programs start Sept 23.

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