What we do

Here at SOS Outreach, we do one thing — help kids gear up for life. Grounded in outdoor experiences, our program ignites a passion for adventure, inspires the courage to try something new, and instills lifelong lessons and skills in our kids.

It starts with gearing up for all the mountains have to offer, but in these moments we’re not just teaching kids to snowboard, ski, hike, climb, and camp. Our kids learn to connect with their peers, mentors and community, all of which help them discover an unknown side of themselves - a side that can do anything, especially overcome their circumstances and come out on top. Our goal is to inspire our kids with a sense of purpose, ultimately preparing them with the unique skills and strengths to contribute to the world beyond themselves.

Since its founding in 1993, SOS has transformed the lives of over 60,000 underserved youth. While providing outdoor recreation experiences for that number of youth is impressive, it’s only a partial demonstration of our impact. Using a unique combination of outdoor adventure experiences, positive adult mentorship, and leadership development opportunities, SOS enables participants to unleash their potential to thrive. Serving nearly 5,000 youth each year, across 15 locations in 9 states, SOS provides opportunities for personal growth for the kids in our communities who need it most.


Mission and History


Program Impact

Core Values




SOS operates under special use authorization of the White River National Forest.