The Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course can be summed in three parts: initiative games, low elements, and high course elements. Initiative games are problem-solving activities located on the ground. They require brainstorming, problem solving, and teamwork. Low course elements are from ground level up to 12ft. off the ground and can be more physically challenging. The low elements require communication, trust, group effort, and cooperation. High course elements range from 15’-50’ off of the ground and are considered high adventure activities. The high elements focus more on individual accomplishments that require team support. All high elements require participants to wear harnesses and helmets.
Who Facilitates the Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course Events?
The Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course is managed by BETA (Business Education & Training Analysis) a division of Butler Community College. The Challenge Course lead facilitators are level II Certified and accredited through Adventures Experiences Inc. (AEI)
What Are the Challenge Course Hours?
Office hours are from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Course hours are usually 8am – 6pm, or dusk, 7 days a week. We run groups early February through November. Our portable team building activities are available anytime you would like us to come to your site and do a program for you. Contact us to set up a program.
Are you open in the winter?
We Close the Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course during the winter months. However, our portable, indoor programs are available year round at any location.
How many people can be in a group?
The group sizes vary depending on the program you would like to participate in. All programs require a minimum of 8 people.
Who can participate?
We encourage all types of groups to attend the Challenge Course. All types of various groups have participated including work groups, corporate administrators, school groups, university groups, sport teams, youth groups, and church groups. We design individual programs to meet the goals and objectives set by the leaders of each group.
Do I need to be in top physical shape?
The experiential education at the Challenge Course can be physically challenging, but you do not need to be in top physical shape to participate. Please inform the Lead Facilitator if you or any participants have any medical/physical restrictions before participating in the Challenge Course activities.
Does each person have to participate in everything?
While we encourage everyone to participate, nobody is required to participate. Any person can sit out of any activity at any time if they do not feel comfortable with an activity.
What do we do if there is inclement weather?
Grizzly Adventure will make the determination of whether or not to cancel a program. We do not usually cancel for light rain, but in the case of heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail, or a tornado during the program we will either cancel the program of take cover for a while as the weather passes. We do ask for a rain makeup date when scheduling.
Is there an age requirement?
All participants must be 10 or older. Those under 18 must fill out an “Informed Consent Form for Minors” and have it signed by their parent or legal guardian. These forms are due before the day of the program and must be turned in to be allowed on the course. Please contact us with questions about groups with younger participants.
Is the Challenge Course safe?
Yes the Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course meets all standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). The course is inspected and approved every year by, Adventures Experiences Inc. (AEI) a member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). Participant safety is of paramount importance to us. For our high course, our equipment is rated to hold weights far exceeding any actual use. All systems are backed up and double or triple checked. The most common health concern we have is splinters.
I’ve scheduled a group, for The Challenge Course, what is the next step?
A contract and Group Planning Packet will be mailed to the leader. In the Planning Packet is a “Goals and Objectives Worksheet.” Return the signed contract and the completed Goals and Objectives Worksheet to us.
“Informed Consent Forms” for adult participants and minor participants. Each participant is required to bring a signed Informed Consent Form with them before the date of the course.
Driving directions and map: You may want to print the directions and map for each vehicle that is coming to the course.
What should we bring and wear?
Wear comfortable clothing you can move around in. Closed-toe shoes with rubber soles such as athletic shoes are recommended. Loose, comfortable, casual clothing that covers you and allows you to move around. T-shirts, long pants or long shorts are all great choices. Be mindful of the weather as you may need to bring rain gear if it looks like it may rain.
Wear athletic, closed-toe and heeled shoes only ( no sandals, open toes or heels)
Wear shirts that will go below the waist. Mini t-shirts, tank tops, and short shorts are not recommended. (If you are in a harness, you will be more comfortable in a longer shirt and longer shorts, and there is less risk of splinters)
Rain/wind jacket (if the weather is questionable)
Bring your medical and waiver forms complete and signed.
Do Not Bring:
Jewelry - necklaces, dangling earrings, rings etc.
Is there a restroom on site?
Restrooms are near the entrance of grizzly adventures.
How much time will the program require?
We tailor the amount of time on the course to whatever your group wants or needs. We typically schedule half day programs for 2-4 hours and full day programs for 6-8 hours, though the timing is completely flexible based on a group’s needs.
Food can be brought to the course and lunch and/or dinner time can be built into your group’s schedule.
How do I become a facilitator?
Rec Services will periodically seek out new facilitator staff to undergo the extensive challenge course training and join our staff. For more information about becoming a facilitator, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.