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A challenge course is a series of experience-based learning activities that involve puzzling games/tasks and perceived risk. Challenges are designed to encourage personal growth and discovery and to facilitate effective communication and trust within a group.  The complete experience involves three important parts: group games and initiatives, the low course, and the high course.

During group games and initiatives, our facilitators lead your group through a series of fun games and hypothetical “problems” designed to set an attentive, supportive tone for the rest of the program. The low course continues to develop a supportive atmosphere as group members must work together to solve ground-level physical and mental challenges that require the strengths of the entire group. Finally, each individual has the opportunity to personally experience growth and success through choice and perceived risk on the high course elements while depending on the complete support of the group, which may be up to 40 feet below.

Types of Programs

We offer several options for your experience on our Challenge Course and are capable of hosting groups from 8 to125. The following programs are the standard programs that we offer. However, we will attempt to accommodate your needs regarding the length of your program and content.

Half-Day Course
A four-hour course provides the opportunity for your group to develop the tools to build a supportive community through games, initiatives, and the low course.

Full-Day Course
Our most popular and preferred program is the Full-Day Course. The day includes a sequence of games, initiatives, and the low course in the morning with the challenges and risk-taking opportunities of the high course in the afternoon.

Sample Challenge Course Agenda 


Perceived Risk
The activities on Southern’s Challenge Course have been carefully and professionally designed with the safety of the participant in mind. “Perceived risk” is an important aspect of the course, acting as a catalyst for growth. Each individual is empowered to choose how much “risk” he or she is willing to take.
What can be accomplished:
• Build confidence
• Improve problem-solving
• Learn effective communication
• Build trust
• Understand the power of a team
• Build relationships
• Take positive risks
• Try new things
• Have fun!