The Challenge Course at Butler School is coming along. We have already run a few programs, and the course has worked out well for different types of small group.
Group A. The summer camp or youth programs group. This type of group is coming out to a ropes course for fun, recreational team building. With a goal of “fun team challenges” the youth programs group
Group B. The leadership group. This type of group is comprised of adults (18 and older) whose goal is either a recreational team challenge, or something a little more intense, with leadership, problem-solving and foundational trust being the main focus.
Most recently we installed a couple of new high elements on the course: The Leap of Faith, and The Six Ropes.
The Leap of Faith requires the participant to climb up a ladder, then up a tree to stand on a 20 foot platform. If this is high enough, the participant may jump (or step – depending on your level of commitment) off and slowly lower to the ground. Or, if you are feeling a little more courageous, you may climb up to the 40 foot platform, and jump out to touch the tethered ball. Once again, you are caught on a rope, and lowered safely to the ground. The Leap of Faith is an individual challenge (no one is standing on the platform with you, telling you to jump) that can be designed as a team challenge – your team mates will put you into the full-body harness, belay you up the tree, and catch you on the rope. The Leap of Faith is one of the most emotionally challenging (think Fear Factor) activities on a ropes course.
The Six Ropes is a climbing element that is easily adaptable to offer a wide variety of low or high element options. Having hung six white multiline ropes from the 30 foot element cable, the facilitator can easily create a classic high elements such as the Giant Ladder, or the Vertical Playpen, or a few new elements such as the Dumb Waiter and a virtual climbing wall. Additionally, we can switch from a high element to a low element by simply moving a few of the white multiline ropes out of the way. A few low element options include: Swinging Tire Traverse, The Porthole, Spider’s Web, Swinging Log, or the Balance Beam. With the incredible versatility of the Six Ropes activity area, I am thinking I will install a couple more of these elements in other places on the course!