Many outdoor adventure programs, school systems, and therapeutic programs across the country utilize a challenge course as part of their program offerings. The major focus of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge that helps them become effective, confident, competent, and safe challenge course leaders.
The course is highly experiential and takes place out at the Gossmann and Cannon Adventure Learning Lab. Course topics include: Policies and Procedures for use of a Challenge Course; Safety Systems and Standards; Maintenance, Inspection, and Set Up of Courses; Program Planning and Design; Leadership Issues; Briefing/Debriefing, Accessible Challenge Programming; Risk Management, Record Keeping, and Forms. Students will work with both on- and off-campus groups on the Challenge Course.
Prerequisite: ODL 215 Initiatives for Adventure Education and/or permission of the instructor.