"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation" -Plato
The UMD Challenge Course is the premiere program for offering adventure-based learning experiences to the university and surrounding communities. We specialize in workshops that provide opportunities for individual growth and group development. Participation in this education-focused program may result in cultivation of leadership skills, problem-solving abilities, team effectiveness, and/or individual self-confidence. Our student facilitators design each program based on the group goals.
Activity Options can include:
Ice breakers: An ice breaker is an activity, game, or event that is used to welcome and warm up the conversation among participants, get people moving or loosen them up. When participants know each other, laughter and conversation generated by the ice breaker, warm up the group. When participants are strangers, the ice is broken and participants learn something about each other.
Team initiatives: Initiatives are best described as team building challenges that focus more on planning, problem solving, and creative thinking, than on physical ability. Initiatives are a great way to challenge groups, begin or enhance the team-building process, or simply have fun!
Low Ropes Course: Low ropes courses consist of a series of real and imaginary obstacles designed to challenge groups and individuals to work together to accomplish a task. Low Ropes Elements often consist of a series of cables, ropes, and obstacles strung between trees or poles, 12 to 18 inches above the ground. Low rope elements present tests of physical strength, stamina, agility, balance, and flexibility, and invite participants to confront such emotional issues as the fear of falling, the fear of failure, and the fear of losing control. Risk is managed by group members who assume critical spotting roles.
Climbing Program: Climbing with our program can be either on our Alpine Tower or High ropes Course. The options will depend on your program goals, group size, and interest. Please let us know your preference. The climbing wall is not normally included in a challenge course workshop. It may be able to be included by special request, but it will depend upon the time of your workshop as the wall has its own normal operating hours.
For a program that is no longer than 2 hours, we may not be able to accommodate a low program in addition to climbing. This will depend on the size of your group so please let us know your preference to focus on.