SOAR (Student Orientation And Retreat) is the Aggies For Christ new student welcome retreat for freshman and transfer students. It’s a great way to start the semester…focusing on what’s important in life and building solid friendships with others who share your faith commitment.
SOAR takes place the Wednesday thru Friday before the Fall semester begins on a Monday. We’ve scheduled a fun-filled few days designed to encourage people interactions and help everyone get ready for college life here in Aggieland. SOAR is helpful for anyone looking to find a caring Christian community and ways to serve other people while growing spiritually. It is helpful for both incoming transfer students and incoming freshmen both at Texas A&M and Blinn. Because each person is “starting off new,” the social and spiritual connections made at SOAR are unique, genuine and usually long-lasting. You’ll experience an energy level that is comparable to Fish Camp and Impact, but also some much needed down time to chill and bond with new friends.
Tuesday night August 23rd, there is a Kick-Off Party hosted at the A&M Church of Christ building to get the festivities started. This is a come-and-go gathering with lots of snacks, games, fellowship and a devotional. It’s a great place to bring roommates and friends.
Wednesday morning, August 24th, everyone will meet at the church building to load up on buses and head to SOAR. SOAR takes place at Messiah’s Ranch, a camp about 30 minutes away from the church building.
All day Wednesday and Thursday there are all sorts of activities taking place out at the camp. Some of these include but are not limited to big group games, small group activities, outdoor sports, yummy meals, Q&A about AFC ministries, Q&A about Blinn, Blinn Team and Texas A&M, devotionals, skit shows, gender time, free time, an AFC video and a real Fightin’ Texas Aggie Yell Practice! Whoop!!!
Friday morning, August 26th, following a delicious breakfast, the group loads up on the buses to return to the building by noon. That night everyone is invited to the Back to School Bash at the church building. The Bash is hosted by the SOAR Planning Team and includes dinner, entertainment, fellowship and a viewing of the annual SOAR video that recaps the week’s highlights.
Early Sunday morning, August 28th we will have our annual Prayer Walk on the campus of Texas A&M to refocus our priorities and recommit our hearts to God at the start of the semester. Then breakfast is served before Bible class in the AFC Center, and a quick eat-and-run lunch is served for all new and returning college students after worship services are over.
The cost for the four days’ events is $50. This covers food, transportation, housing at Messiah’s Ranch and a really cool t-shirt. Cash, checks and credit/debit cards are accepted at the time of registration. If you would like to mail your payment, checks can be made out to “Aggies for Christ” and the mailing address is as follows:Aggies for Christ
attn: Paige Robinson
2475 Earl Rudder Fwy. S.
College Station, TX 77845
For more specific questions feel free to contact Matt Brown, Weston Jacobs or Paige Robinson. More SOAR information will be posted on the AFC webpage throughout the summer, so check back later for further details.