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Programming Components

Some critical components for a successful program are name games (for safety and respectful communication); warm-up activities (to stretch muscles and get a great energy going); and spotting instruction. Trust- and problem-solving initiatives get to the heart of your group's dynamics, and can serve as bridges between field games and elements.

Our low and high ropes course elements will help your group work toward specific goals. Low ropes course elements involve much teamwork, so if you wish to gain better communication skills and cooperation among team members, the low elements are where we will focus. High elements involve more individual challenge and support. As often as possible, we teach participants how to belay each other, as this is a powerful experience for everyone involved.

None of these components stands alone; our facilitators use them in concert. Clients sometimes request that we omit one or more of the above components. In these cases we will work with you to discuss how the omission is likely to affect program effectiveness. We like the analogy of the frog who immediately flees when put directly into boiling water; we prefer participants warm up slowly to the challenging (and sometimes threatening) experiences they face on a ropes course. No group has so much cohesion and trust that they would feel safest going directly to high elements to be belayed 40 feet in the air by each other! Although adrenaline rushes are part of what make our course exciting, education is our primary mission. The most successful programs take into account human nature to ensure a group is in the best place to learn and grow.

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