The challenge course is a sequence of contracts/goal setting, cooperative games, initiatives, low ropes activities and high ropes elements designed to build confidence, teamwork and leadership skills. The decision to participate in any or all elements is left up to the participants (“Challenge By Choice” concept). Low elements generally take place 18 – 24 inches off the ground; high elements are belayed by a safety rope, with a helmet worn at all times. Approximately 80% of an organization’s experience will take place either on the ground or on low elements.
All registered events will take place on the day scheduled, rain or shine.
The ropes challenge course is funded by the Fechnay Leadership Development Program, which was established by Scott Fechnay, class of 1969. The course was built by Karl Rohnke, class of 1960, an international leader and author in adventure learning and a founder of High 5 Adventure Learning. Both Scott and Karl are committed to teaching, developing and refining leadership capabilities within the Washington and Lee community.
Leadership Development Goals:
1. To provide participants opportunities for learning, understanding and application of tangible and intangible leadership skills through adventure and classroom activities;
2. To develop within participating individuals and groups the following leadership capabilities:
All three forms (Information Sheet, Registration Form and Acknowledgement of Risk [which must be filled out by each participant]) must be completed, signed and returned to James Dick, Manager of the Fechnay Challenge Course, Elrod Commons 115. Prior to completing the paperwork, please contact James to discuss the group’s goals and desired outcomes.
For more information, please call (540) 458-4066.