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Challenge Course & Ropes Activities

Challenge Course & Ropes Activities

You can do it! We believe in you.

  • The Challenge Course, Team Building, and Ropes Activities are facilitated by trained instructors from the McDowell Environmental Center and need to be requested and reserved several weeks in advance and depend on the availability of trained staff. Teambuilding without the below courses can be for all ages.
  • Liability forms are required for all activities.

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Challenge Course

The Challenge Course is tucked in the woods across the street from the Chapel of St. Francis and is for 5th graders and up. Groups are facilitated through several low-level trust and team-building elements by trained staff. This is popular and effective for most age groups as a "just-for-fun" or team-building activity.

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Ropes activities

All three elements of our ropes course are located around the perimeter of the Adventure Field across from the Welcome Center. The Trust Swing and Climbing Wall are for 5th grade and up while the Power Pole is for 7th grade and up. Each activity is led by trained and seasoned instructors. The Climbing Wall allows guests to experience the exhilaration of achieving the feat of climbing a 40-foot rock wall while being encouraged by their peers. Guests challenge themselves on the Power-Pole by climbing 25 feet, standing on top, and jumping off to ring a bell. The Trust Swing, suspended from cables and pulled by peers, is a favorite challenge that swings guests up to 20 feet in the air.