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Course Information

The USU Challenge Course is operated by certified professional facilitators who train and inspire groups with their knowledge, enthusiasm and facilitation skills. The specific goals and objectives of each group are foremost in developing the group's planned activities on the course.

The USU Challenge Course has approximately 50 high and low elements that can be utilized to focus on the goals of each individual group. Each element has defined initiatives. Initiatives are best defined as "activities that teach." Many of the initiatives are designed so that participants must solve problems as they go. The facilitators will give instruction when needed, but have been trained to let the participants figure things out on their own as much as possible.

Low Elements
The low elements are on the ground or low to the ground and are used to develop teamwork, decision-making, problem solving, communication, and leadership skills. They are designed to help individuals work together, communicate better and think "outside the box". The USU Challenge Course is a great way for people to become better acquainted. Participants will strengthen their communication skills and build trust in each other.

High Elements
The high elements require climbing to elements that are 12 to 50 feet off the ground. These initiatives are geared towards personal growth, goal setting, self-accomplishment, and self-confidence. Participants learn to trust themselves and experience the benefit of being positive and relying on others for support.

On most of the high elements, participants are belayed by a Challenge Course Facilitator on the ground, meaning the two are connected by a rope. When a participant is ready to come down, whenever that is (it is their choice) then the facilitator will slowly lower them to the ground. Everyone participating on the high elements course is required to wear climbing harnesses and helmets.

An Educational Experience (that is fun too)
Visiting the USU Challenge Course is about more than just having fun! There is a purpose for your visit. The Challenge Course Facilitators will be asking questions and tying the group's goals and objectives to the different activities throughout the experience. At the end of the program, we will talk as a group about the experiences and lessons learned (this is known as debriefing).

Challenge by Choice
No one is forced to participate in any of the activities. We believe in "Challenge by Choice." Participants are encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and go one step further than they think they can go, however, the choice is up to them.

Physical Activity
The activities may require some climbing, bending, kneeling, and lifting. Participants should be in fair physical condition. All persons are strongly encouraged to participate, and we will accommodate those with disabilities to the best of our ability. Please notify the Challenge Course Coordinator of any special needs fourteen days in advance so that we may make the necessary arrangements.

Course Inspection & Certifications
In order to ensure the safety of the participants, staff and the environment, the USU Challenge Course meets all standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). The course is inspected and approved every year by Synergo, an accredited Professional Vendor Member (PVM) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).

The Challenge Course Coordinator is certified as a "Level II Facilitator" and as a "Challenge Course Manager," and all of our facilitators are certified as "Level I Facilitators." All certifications are awarded through, an accredited Professional Vendor Member (PVM) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).

Everyone participating on the USU Challenge Course high elements is required to wear climbing harnesses and helmets. All USU Challenge Course Facilitators are also fully certified in Adult and Child CPR and First Aid.

Informed Consent Forms
All adult participants must complete and sign an "Informed Consent Form for Adults." All minor participants, under age 18, must have their parent or legal guardian complete and sign an "Informed Consent Form for Minors." Signed forms must be turned in to the Challenge Course Facilitator on the day of the event in order to be able to participate on the USU Challenge Course.

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