Challenge Course

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  • About the Challenge Course

  • Teambuilding Elements of the Challenge Course

  • How Can Our Group Use the Challenge Course?

  • Registration and Fee Information

  • Youths gather together to participate on the challenge course.

    Come Join the Challenge!

    The Team Challenge Course at Camp Hollis consists of 14 low-to-the-ground elements in which groups of 15 to 20 people work together to complete an initiative.

    A problem solving activity is presented to the group. The group is challenged to involve all members in completing the specified task. Although the elements are low to the ground, they provide an opportunity for risk-taking in a safe environment. The course is appropriate for people who are reasonably fit from ages 8 through 80.

    The Camp Hollis Team Challenge Course is based on the philosophy of experimental education and a "hands-on" approach to team-building.

    The Challenge Course:

    • Encourages people to work together, support each other to reach pre-set goals, and bring-building skills back to their school, business or community.

    • Helps groups develop cooperation, teamwork, problem solving and communication skills.

    • Increases individual self-confidence by giving people the opportunity to reach beyond their perceived abilities.

    Groups larger than 20 participants should plan on dividing into smaller groups to complete this course.

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    Teambuilding Elements of the Challenge Course:

    • Swinging Log - 20-foot log suspended 1 foot off the ground between two trees. The object is to have each team member walk the full length of the log.

    • Islands - Three 5x5-foot platforms are set 8 feet apart from each other. Using only three, 7-foot planks of wood, the goal is to get a group from platform to platform without touching the ground.

    • Trust Fall Platforms - A group stands in two lines next to each other, shoulder to shoulder with their arms outstretched, in order to help spot and support the person who falls. The person falls backward into group members' arms from about 4 feet off the ground.

    • Whale Watch - An extra large "teeter-totter" structure in which the teams must try to balance by only standing on the farthest edges from the center.

    • Nitro Crossing - Two 4x4-foot platforms are set 12 feet apart. Using only a rope, the team must get its members from one platform to the other without touching the ground.

    • Tension Traverse - Walking on a triangle of suspended cable wire, the object is to get around the triangle using only one hanging rope to balance.

    • The Wall - Get your entire team up and over a 12-foot wall!

    • Wild Woosey - Two group members must depend on each other to travel along a cable wire which is supsneded between two trees. The challenge grows as the cable wires grow further apart.

    • Hickory Jump - A group stands in two lines next to each other, shoulder to shoulder with their arms outstretched, in order to help spot and support the person who jumps. The person will jump forward from a small staircase that is four feet from the ground.

      Challenge Course users try out the Hickory Jump

    • All Aboard - The group must figure out a way to fit all members on a 2x2-foot platform for five seconds without touching the ground.

    • Spider Web - The object is to get your team through a spider web of strings, which has varying sizes of holes and is strung between two trees, without touching the ground or strings.

    • Ring on a Giant's Finger - The object is to work as a team to move a tire up and over a 15-foot pole.

    • Multi-Vine - The object is to get from one end of the 20-foot long cable wire that is suspended one foot off the ground using four dangling ropes.

    • Mohawk Walk - Six lengths of cable wire connect six trees. The object is to get your team from one end of the wires to the other end without breaking a physical connection of the team.

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    How Can Our Group Use the Challenge Course?

  • Business Retreats
  • Staff Training
  • Youth-at-Risk Workshops
  • Group Orientations
  • Special Events

    The Camp Hollis Team Challenge Course requires that a trained staff member facilitate the group.

    Groups reserving the course may either pay a nominal fee for Camp Hollis to provide a facilitator, or groups may provide someone from their staff with proof of Challenge Course Facilitator Training.

    For more information about reserving the Team Challenge Course and other Camp Hollis programs, contact Oswego County Parks and Recreation at (315) 349-3451.

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    Registration and Fee Information

    Youth Groups and Youth Serving Agencies

    1/2 Day (suggested 4 hours): $80
    Full Day (suggested 8 hours): $150

    Adult Groups

    1/2 Day (suggested 4 hours): $250
    Full Day (suggested 8 hours): $325

    In order to get the most out of the Challenge Course Experience, adult groups are defined as 8-20 persons. Any group over 20 people will be split into two or more groups and each additional group will be charged $20 under the full price.

    Please contact Brandon Morey at (315) 349-3451 for more information and to go over goals for your group, as well as to reserve a date for the Challenge Course.

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    Oswego City-County Youth Bureau/Parks and Recreation
    70 Bunner St. Oswego, NY 13126 315-349-3451