About the UREC Challenge Program
The UREC Challenge Program is an effective tool for helping your group or organization reach your goals! Focus is placed on the relationships and interactions of members of the group when confronted with various tasks and challenges. This actively facilitated process combines action with reflective debriefs to open the door to discovery and understanding. The UREC Challenge Course has both low, ground based initiative and high ropes elements for team building.
- Low Elements: Islands, Swinging Vine, Triangle Tension Traverse, Wild Woozy, T.P. Shuffle, All Aboard, Circular Whale Watch, Spider’s Web and Team Wall
- High Elements: Cargo Net Challenge, Swinging Vines, Pirates Crossing, Hour Glass, Swinging Bridges and two Tandem Hydraulic Ziplines
Tailored to your needs
Each group is inherently different, and because of these differences each course we create is tailored to your group. This process begins with a UREC Challenge Program Inquiry Form that gives us background information about your group, goals for the group, and potential dates. From there Lead Challenge Course Facilitators will identify what type of course would be most appropriate, schedule facilitators and create an itinerary for your program. Throughout the day, program facilitators will be continuously evaluate the itinerary, and if necessary, shift to more appropriate and effective initiatives.
Types of programs
Adventure Education programs are held at the UREC Challenge Course as well as in your classroom, office, or function with portable initiatives. The UREC Challenge Course is directly next to the Student Recreation Center on S. Campus Drive. Low elements are most useful at examining group functioning and challenging a group to work together. High elements focus on individual challenges and paired tasks that can be both mentally and physically challenging. We can work with your group to set-up room reservations on campus (such as the Union) as well as helping to cater your meals. Multi day programs are available. Most Challenge Course programs last anywhere from two to four hours.
Challenge by Choice
“Challenge by Choice” is an important and ever-present principle in Adventure Education. This simple philosophy helps to establish open communication and an understanding in which participants are encouraged to try new things and push the boundaries of their comfort zone, while allowing each group member to choose their own level of involvement. With this philosophy in mind, the success found with the program is not a measure by individual strength, but the measure of the group’s cohesiveness.
The highest priority of the Challenge Program is safety, both emotionally and physically. UREC’s Adventure Education Facilitators are trained to present initiatives with multiple levels of involvement and monitor safety throughout the challenge. If at any point throughout the program a facilitator finds any indication of an unsafe environment, they will stop action and shift accordingly.