This is what is called a “Low Ropes Course.” We are looking forward to learning how to utilize this tool for maximum benefits. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)
The ‘course’ consists of a series of real (and imaginary) obstacles. Each task is designed to challenge our campers and staff to work together. Fun activities will be used to introduce the campers to the course. Additionally, these activities will reduce the campers inhibitions and break down some of their ‘barriers’.
According to the literature, these activities are often not based on a defined task but on a sequence of events. The campers are placed in positions where they are encouraged to try new things. Moreover, they are encouraged them to think ‘outside the box’ and move outside their normal comfort zones.
The “Low Ropes Elements” include a series of cables, ropes, and obstacles strung between trees or poles, 12 to 18 inches above the ground. These elements present tests of physical strength, stamina, agility, balance, and flexibility. The campers are invited to confront such emotional issues as the fear of falling, the fear of failure, and the fear of losing control. Risk is managed by staff and group members assuming critical spotting roles.