Information about the Challenge Course team-building programs
The Challenge Course provides adventurous, personalized team
building experiences for your class, team or organization. We will work with you to create a customized
experience with the greatest opportunity for the growth and development for
The activities will help your group:
- develop problem-solving skills
- generate mutual support and trust
- enhance each participants' self-confidence
- improve interpersonal communication
- overcome fear and doubt
- cultivate an awareness of personal roles,
responsibilities, and accountability
- have fun in community and personal life
"Participating in the Challenge Course experience is especially beneficial for groups just coming together. The activities on the challenge course get participants communicating, interacting and braking down social barriers rapidly to create strong teams."-Amber Heft, Program Coordinator
Elements and activities in a typical course
There are four types of activities on the Challenge Course. Each one builds on the others and has a specific purpose.Read more.
Games and initiatives
Northern Arizona University’s certified facilitators will
lead your group through collective and individual challenge activities that
involve play and hypothetical experiences. Examples of games and initiatives
- tag games
- complex logical problems
- physical tasks
This will transform your group into a positive support base
that will foster individual risk-taking and growth.
Participants further develop the supportive environment that
is necessary on the high elements but remain at ground level. Many of these
activities, such as the Spider’s Web and a Trust Sequence, will help each
participant build confidence in the other group members.
The high elements provide the opportunity for individuals to
practice success within their comfort level. Through the use of perceived risk
and total support, individuals begin to realize how to succeed. Each of these activities
begins at ground level and culminates 35 to 45 feet off the ground. While we
are not simply a ropes course, we do incorporate some ropes elements into our
Facilitators lead conversations throughout and at the
conclusion of the program to connect the experience to the group’s larger goals
beyond the program. Participants are
encouraged to express their opinions and thoughts through use of props,
answering questions, and metaphors.
A meaningful final debrief wraps up the experience and sends
the group off with new perspectives.
Indoor and Portable Challenge Course
A large number of challenge course activities can be conducted in any location. Read. More
To give you team a boost, book a two hour or longer program consisting of activities that will get you team laughing, communicating, and problem solving. Our facilitators will work with you to plan an itinerary appropriate for your group’s goals, participants, and activity space.
Take advantage of our community building experience where it is most convenient for you. We are happy to send our highly skilled facilitator team and all the gear needed to your location.
Research on challenge course participation has shown the majority of team development results from low course participation. You don’t have to wait for good weather to experience the benefits and fun the challenge course has to offer.
Looking for a little more high adventure? A Climbing Wall reservation can be added to a indoor challenge program held on NAU's Campus.
Learn about the risks and safety regulations of the Challenge Course.