At SOAR, we believe every child has the capacity to be a leader - in their schools, families and communities. Yet many of the critical supports and opportunities kids need to develop their full potential are out of reach for working families in NWA.

Filling the gap between the school day and the work day, SOAR provides a safe and affordable place for kids to learn, build healthy relationships with peers and adults, and practice the public speaking and leadership skills they'll need for future success.

Surrounded by the most passionate and energetic staff around, SOAR students are celebrated and embraced for who they are today and what we know they'll accomplish tomorrow.

SOAR partners with the following elementary schools: Parson Hills, Jones, and Grace Hill. 

All sites are 21st Century Community Learning Centers. 

Parson Hills

Located off of 412 in Springdale Arkansas, our Parson Hills location was our first in-school program. 


Our Jones Elementary program occurs at the Jones Center for Families. It was the very first SOAR program that began in the Spring of 2013. 

Grace Hill

Grace Hill is our only Rogers SOAR program. It is also our newest 21st CCLC Grant recipient. 

SOAR is proud to be part of the Camp War Eagle family -- NWA’s premier sports and adventure camp that invites all kids in Northwest Arkansas to experience the beauty of our community through outdoor adventure, with people of all backgrounds, celebrating service to others. We met some amazing kids and families through camp and made the decision to bring the life-changing experience of Camp War Eagle to some of our region's most promising, yet challenged communities - every day, after school.

Following a character-based educational curriculum, SOAR opened its first site at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale for Jones Elementary students and was funded by the Walton Family Foundation in the Spring of 2013. SOAR became a recipient of 21st Century Learning Grants provided by the U.S. Department of Education in 2014 for Jones and added Parson Hills Elementary Schools while still being supported by the Walton Family Foundation. In 2015 SOAR expanded to Grace Hill Elementary in Rogers.

As a 21st Century Learning site, SOAR is required to adopt scientifically-based practices and operate in schools where at least 40% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches. All 3 SOAR sites have free/reduced lunch percentages of 85% or higher.

SOAR stands for Service, Opportunity, Academics, and Recreation. 

We have six core values that we call the SOAR Six.


Ben Rediske - SOAR Director

Ben Rediske - SOAR Director

About Ben

I have been a member of the Camp War Eagle staff team since 2008. I served as an Ozone Director in Bentonville from 2008 to 2012. I served as the Site Director of our Jones Elementary SOAR location from 2013 to 2015. I graduated with a bachelors degree in Outdoor Leadership from John Brown University in 2008. I was selected to serve as the Ambassador for the State of Arkansas by the Afterschool Alliance. I have an incredible wife, Jen, and two amazing boys, Bryce and Brooks. My hope is that when you send your child to one of our SOAR locations you will know that you are sending your child to a program that will change their lives for the better. I believe that SOAR is more than just an after school program. I believe it is a place where students will learn to dream big, achieve much, and rise up. Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to know more about SOAR.

Thanks! - Ben Rediske

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