Ropes Course Activity Descriptions
This element puts a fun and physically challenging spin on teamwork and communication. It consists of 6 bosun chairs/swings approximately 10” off the ground. Teams must traverse the swings in a variety of ways, determined by the facilitators. This element focuses on teamwork, communication, and problem solving.
This element consists of a swinging log suspended between two trees
anchored approximated 10” above the ground. It is a good element to
incorporate the concepts of group support and teamwork. In terms of
physical challenge, it is very difficult for one person to do alone
but with the help of partners this element becomes much easier.
Horizontal and Vertical Spider Web
Made from a webbing of ropes, the spider web elements engage teams with the task of navigating through the web, facing various challenges along the way. This element emphasizes the need for strategic planning, commitment to a team goal, and communication.
This element requires participants to work together in balancing their way across several low-lying cable segments, facing various challenges along the way. In addition to testing your balance, this element emphasizes partnership, diligence, and communication.
This is perhaps the most well-known element of a low ropes course. Teams are challenged with the ultimate obstacle to their path, the wall. Groups must work together to get all members over the wall, facing various obstacles along the way. This element emphasizes teamwork, overcoming challenges, and positive reinforcement.
This element is comprised of two low-lying wires that form a "V." The members of the group form two-person partnerships which then face the challenge of moving along the widening wires, supporting each other as they proceed as far as possible. This element emphasizes trust, commitment, and friendly competition.
This fun, opening element asks that all members of the group board a platform of limited size at the same time. This element emphasizes teamwork, support, communication, and innovative thinking.
This element challenges a group to have each member of the group pass through a raised porthole. This element emphasizes teamwork, communication, and commitment to a team goal.
This element asks participants to balance upon a beam while they rearrange in a specified order. This element emphasizes communication and innovative thinking.
This element builds upon the cable walk by adding the aid of a swing rope. Groups must first face the challenge of retrieving the rope and then crossing the "hazard." This element emphasizes flexibility and innovative thinking.
This element offers the group two bars to use in traveling from platform to platform across the "alligator pit." This element emphasizes innovative thinking, teamwork, communication, and determination.
This element asks all members of the group to board a large platform
and balance it. This element focuses on the benefits of working as a
team, the need for communication, and adherence to the plan.