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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS OUR CHALLENGE COURSE?

WHY COMPLETE A CHALLENGE COURSE?

Valuable attributes such as teamwork, trust, communication, leadership, goal setting, problem solving, and self-esteem are often left out of today’s educational curriculum and professional development programs. Our challenge course presents an arena through which these attributes can be more fully understood and developed. This is accomplished through experiential education, adventure and fun.

WHO CAN DO IT?

Anyone with the desire to try something new and challenging. We custom design our programs to meet the needs of your group, team or office.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

There are different factors that determine the cost of a program such as: type of organization (profit/non-profit), program design (type of equipment used), amount of time desired on the course, and the number of participants.

WHERE IS IT?

Our challenge course is located at the Darton State College Campus in Albany GA, however we also have numerous activities that are portable and can be used at a location you determine. Our mobile ground initiatives are a great way to enhance a staff training or retreat, to energize a team practice, begin a conference or just kick-off an event.

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE AND SCHEDULE A PROGRAM?

Contact:
John Michael Cassidy, Coordinator
Outdoor Education at Darton State College
229-317-6778
john.cassidy@darton.edu and visit our website: www.darton.edu/OE

WHAT IF I’M NOT THAT ATHLETIC?

Our Alpine Tower challenge course provides a fun and challenging experience for all of our participants regardless of athletic ability. We are able to accommodate persons with disabilities, even on our fifty foot Alpine Tower. In addition, we follow the “Challenge by Choice.” Philosophy. Participants have the right to set their own level of challenge. For more information on our accessibility, please contact Michael White, Director.

WHAT ABOUT THE RISK?

Project Adventure (A Professional Challenge Course Builder and Trainer) completed a twenty-year safety study on a large number of Challenge Courses and found it to be one of the least dangerous recreational activities around. Here are the results from the study.

PROGRAM ACTIVITY Injury rate per million hours of exposure
Challenge Course Activities 4.33
Backpacking 192
Downhill Skiing 724
Basketball 2,650
Soccer 4,500

Participants will experience perceived risk that will exceed that of the actual risk. This is part of the transformative power of a challenge course.

"Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life." - Herbert Otto

Here are just a few of the ways we manage the risk of our challenge course:

  1. Both the physical and emotional well being of our clients is integral to the design and facilitation of activities and initiatives.

  2. We address career safety by strongly recommending that our training be used as an educational rather than an evaluative tool.

  3. A supportive and non-judgmental environment is promoted in which participants are encouraged to feel comfortable taking risks, making mistakes, and providing and receiving helpful feedback.

  4. Our Lead Facilitators possess a minimum of First Aid and CPR certification and some have higher certification such as Wilderness First Responder and EMT.

  5. Facilitators are thoroughly trained in the safety procedures of each activity.

  6. Programs and activities are designed to ensure full participation by every client regardless of gender, age, physical limitations or abilities.

  7. Participants have the opportunity to confidentially inform facilitators of any medical condition that may be of concern.

  8. Darton State College proudly adheres to the most recent professional standards in the field of adventure education and stays current in our membership with the Association for Challenge Course Technology.

  9. Incident reports are maintained to ensure the continuing improvement of our risk management techniques.

  10. The Darton State College Challenge Course applies the Challenge by Choice philosophy.

For more information Contact:
Josh Fulmer
Coordinator for Outdoor Recreation and Education
Contact Us Form
To book a program for an off-campus group,
please fill out the interest form:
Program Interest Form
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