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What to Expect

Be prepared for your day on the Challenge Course:

  • Come prepared with lots of energy, an open mind and a willingness to learn!
  • Remember to bring your lunch and a water bottle. You will have an active full day so pack a big, healthy lunch.
  • Please wear closed shoes, such as hiking boots or sneakers. You may not be allowed to participate if you are wearing sandals.
  • Remember to dress for the weather and the weather changes a lot! Wear layers and dress more warmly than you think you will need. We will spend much of our time in the woods, which can be quite a bit cooler. We will be spending all of our time outside so be prepared with rain gear. Being comfortable outside will enable you to have fun and learn more!
  • We do not assume responsibility for items left on our course.
  • Remember to bring any special medications you may need, such as bee sting kits or inhalers.
  • Let us know in advance of any medical condition or disability requirements/accommodations to help us tailor the program to everyone's needs.

Your day may begin with warm-up and trust activities, then move into problem-solving initiatives, and low and/or high challenge course elements. Specific activities your group undertakes will depend on goals set by the person coordinating your program as well as by the way your group progresses through the early activities.

After most activities, instructors will spend time debriefing them and the team dynamics observed. Time for reflection offers participants the opportunity to examine their role in the learning process.

What Will Your Day Look Like?

Your day may begin with warm-up and trust activities, then move into problem-solving initiatives, and low and/or high challenge course elements. Specific activities your group undertakes will depend on goals set by the person coordinating your program as well as by the way your group progresses through the early activities. After most activities, instructors will spend time debriefing them and the team dynamics observed. Time for reflection offers participants the opportunity to examine their role in the learning process.

What is Challenge by Choice?

We subscribe to the philosophy of Challenge by Choice. That is, we encourage participation in all activities, but no one is forced. Individuals choose the level and extent of their participation. Healthy risk taking is an integral part of the learning process. We will adapt our activities to meet the needs of individuals and groups.

What is a Ropes Course?

Our Ropes Course consists of elements, constructed of cables, ropes and wood, attached to trees at our site. o Our Low Challenge Course contains challenges close to the ground. Activities on the Low Challenge Course are designed to help participants gain insight into group process and how individuals perform in team situations. They consist of physical and mental problems that the group must work together to solve. o Our High Challenge Course is built up to forty feet above the ground. Those who choose to participate are outfitted with harnesses and helmets and are clipped into ropes and belay systems that allow them to climb and participate in a variety of challenges safely. Participants can safely take risks while navigating physical challenges highlighting trust and support within teams.

What is Unique About the UVM ARC?

We custom design all of our programs to meet the individual needs of each group. No two programs are exactly alike. Some program incorporate both high and low challenge course elements, some do not. If you have any questions on your program please give us a call and we will be happy to answer them.

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