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Challenge Course Introduction

November 13, 2014

written by Mike Ellsworth

SOAR Dunk, Sounds of Liberty, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Debate, Liberty Flames Sports Network, Student Leadership, Men’s Wrestling, and Crimson Flood: What do all of these groups have in common?  All of them have gone through team building with us this semester at the Camp Hydaway Challenge Course.  So far this fall, we have facilitated 352 people and spent over 70 hours working directly with students, faculty, and staff of the university.  We have thoroughly enjoyed working with such dynamic groups of people and have received so much great feedback from all of our participants.

Now in its second year of existence, the challenge course has allowed us to influence university teams, departments and clubs that were previously unreached by our department. If you are unfamiliar with the terminology, a challenge course is simply a series of climbing/traversing elements built using cables, ropes, and telephone poles.  Our course is annually inspected by third parties and we are excited to announce that as of August 2014, we are official members of the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)!  That may sound boring, but with these credentials, we are now able to create even more opportunities for students.

With the addition of our new course we are able to further fulfill our mission at Student Activities, especially in the realm of outdoor recreation.  Experiential education is often considered the highest level of learning, so by creating tangible and challenging learning experiences, we are able to foster relationships and help groups truly trust each other. While groups go through activities that push them out of their comfort zone, they are forced to rely on each other, helping to develop their listening, understanding, and communication skills.  Each session involves a progression from ground activities, to low elements, finishing with some fun on our high elements.  Some of the most popular elements are the 12 foot wall, Dangle Duo, Leap of Faith and the Flying Squirrel.  Personally, The Flying Squirrel is my favorite, and I would love for YOU to come on out and experience it.

The best part: we offer private sessions for any university club, department, or team free of charge!  We also facilitate open sessions on Saturdays from 12p-4p where students can climb around and have fun on our high elements without needing a group or reservation. If you have a team or club and would like more information about private sessions, or for more information about our open sessions, check out our website or contact me via email. We hope to see you there!