Challenge Course Programs

"Reaching New Heights"
Ropes Course Facilitation at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center.

High Ropes
Eligibility Requirements

Participants must:

  • Be 12 years old or older.
  • Be in fair physical condition.
  • Follow all safety rules of the course.
  • Adhere to all instructions give by the instructor.

Low Challenge Course

  • Bring participants together in a new environment where they will share a common experience while working together.
  • Encourage group trust. Participants must rely on others, completing the course as a group and not on an individual basis.

Overcome personal fears of inadequacies or lack of confidence. Encourage individual growth. All activities are to be conducted in a safe environment, which strengthens individuals, promotes group bonding, and develops leadership skills.

Group Dynamics and Team Building Programs
A variety of team building programs can be designed utilizing the 4-H Center Challenge Course. The 4-H Center offers cooperation and team building programs for youth, adolescents, and adults. The primary purpose of these programs is to challenge members of a group to overcome a series of obstacles or problem solving scenarios in which communication and teamwork are essential for success. Both on-site and off-site programs are available. Programs conducted on-site at the 4-H Center Challenge Courses, consist of an outdoor recreation field, Low Ropes course,7 element-High Ropes course, 35' Climbing Wall, and Zip line. This course is physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging. All facilitation, instruction, and equipment are provided by the 4-H Center.

There is a limit of 12 participants per Instructor for all group dynamic and teambuilding, Low ropes and High ropes programs, and a limit of 25 participants per session for Climbing tower programs.

Program Objectives

  • To foster the ideals of mutual support, teamwork, communication, planning, organization, and the importance of individual member contributions within a group.
  • To develop and increase trust between members of the group.
  • To facilitate and improve goal setting and problem solving skills by individuals and by the group as a whole.
  • To encourage group members to identify the value of individual differences.
  • To encourage safe, appropriate risk taking in a caring environment.
  • To promote feelings of personal confidence, accomplishment, responsibility, leadership, and self-worth.

Virginia SOL correlation: PE 3.4, 4.4, 5.5, 6.4, 7.4, 8.5, 9.4, 10.4
English - 3.1, 4.1, 5.2, 6.1, 7.1, 7.2
PH5, PH6, PS6, PS1, PS10
Oral Lang. 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 3.1, 3.2

School Groups (4th - 12th grade)

Group Dynamics (4th grade and Up) - Used to introduce the concept of teamwork and affirm the value of each individual to that group. Through prop and non-prop activities, students are encouraged to cooperate with one another.
Focus: trust building, goal setting, communication styles, group challenge, problem solving, and fun!

Low Ropes Course (5th grade and Up)- The challenge course is a teaching instrument designed to further develop the ideals learned in the Group Dynamics course and to help students learn to better use and incorporate caring, helpfulness, understanding, cooperation, communication, reliability, and responsibility in their lives. The course can be tailored as needed to be physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging.
Focus: trust building, goal setting, group challenge, problem solving, self-esteem, planning, organization, and fun!

Climbing Tower & High Ropes course (8th grade and Up) - Climbing to a height of 25-35 feet above the ground challenges students' problem-solving abilities and pushes the limits of their comfort zones as they grapple with ĂŠthemselves to reach the top. Individual challenge and trust are enhanced as students attempt to complete mid-air obstacles then finally fly through the air on a 450 foot zip line.
Focus: safe risk taking, self-challenge, trusting others, and gaining self-confidence, and did we mention fun!

Why use Challenge Courses?
Anyone who has ever experienced challenge course activities will undoubtedly tell you that they provide a wide variety of approaches and opportunities to learning. Challenge course activities possess the ability to adapt and cater to the specific needs, goals, and/or objectives of different groups while simultaneously creating an environment which is conducive to all learning styles. Each activity is presented in a manner that allows participants opportunities for personal growth and a better understanding of the importance of teamwork and trusting others. Through processing events upon completion of the challenge, group members are asked to reflect and discuss what they have learned from the activity and how that knowledge/experience can be applied to their daily lives. This provides an opportunity for continued and applied learning well beyond their day on the ropes course!

Low Ropes - $10.00/per person
High Ropes - $20.00/per person
Climbing Tower - $18.00/per person
Each event lasts up to 4 hours.
  • "High Ropes" event participants must be a minimum of 12 years old and have a group of at least 8 and no more than 12.
  • "Low Ropes" and "Climbing Tower" events may have groups of up to 15 participants per event.
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