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FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

What exactly is a Challenge course?

The USU Challenge Course (also called a challenge course, confidence course, or COPE course) can be summed in three parts: initiative games, low elements, and high course elements. Initiative games are problem-solving activities located on the ground. They require brainstorming, problem solving and teamwork. Low course elements are from ground level up to 4' off the ground and can be more physically challenging. The low elements require communication, trust, group effort, and cooperation. High course elements range from 15'-50' off of the ground and are considered high adventure activities. The high elements focus more on individual accomplishments that require team support. All high elements require participants to wear harnesses and helmets.

Who facilitates the USU Challenge Course Events?

The USU Challenge Course is managed by the University Inn & Conference Center at Utah State University. 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 through Synergo, an accredited Professional Vendor Member (PVM) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).

What are the Challenge Course hours?

Office hours are from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Course hours are usually 9am - 6pm, or dusk, Monday through Saturday. We run groups early May through October.

Our portable team building activities are available anytime you would like us to come to your site and do a program for you. Contact us to set up a program.

Are you open in the winter?

We close The USU Challenge Course during the winter months. However, our portable, indoor programs are available year round at any location.

How many people can be in a group?

The group sizes vary depending on the program you would like to participate in. All programs require a minimum of 10 people, and a maximum of 500.

Who can participate?

We encourage all types of groups to attend the Challenge Course. All types of various groups have participated including work groups, corporate administrators, school groups, university groups, sport teams, youth groups, and church groups. We design individual programs to meet the goals and objectives set by the leaders of each group.

Do I need to be in top physical shape?

The experiential education at the Challenge Course can be physically challenging, but you do not need to be in top physical shape to participate. Please inform the Challenge Course Coordinator if you or any participants have any medical/physical restrictions before participating in the Challenge Course activities.

Is there an age requirement?

All participants must be 12 or older. Those under 18 must fill out an "Informed Consent Form for Minors" and have it signed by their parent or legal guardian. These forms are due on the day of the program and must be turned in to be allowed on the course. Please contact us with questions about groups with younger participants.

Is the Challenge Course safe?

Yes, 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).

How do I schedule a group?

Call 435-797-0423 to schedule your Challenge Course Event.

I've scheduled a group, for The Challenge Course, what is the next step?

A contract and Group Planning Packet will be mailed to the leader. In the Planning Packet is a "Goals and Objectives Worksheet." Return the signed contract and the completed Goals and Objectives Worksheet to us.

Email to:
Fax to: USU Challenge Course, 435-797-0036

Also in the Planning Packet you will find:

  • "Informed Consent Forms" for adult participants and minor participants. Each participant is required to bring a signed Informed Consent Form with them on the day of the course.
  • Driving directions and map: You may want to print the directions and map for each vehicle that is coming to the course.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing you can move around in. Closed-toe shoes with rubber soles such as athletic shoes are recommended. Loose, comfortable, casual clothing that covers you and allows you to move around. T-shirts, long pants or long shorts are all great choices. Be mindful of the weather as you may need to bring rain gear if it looks like it may rain.

What should I bring/not bring?

Bring: weather-appropriate items: jacket, sunscreen, water bottle, sunglasses, a camera, a hat and a good attitude toward having some fun and learning.
Do not bring: Some things to leave at home or in the car include: gum, candy jewelry and valuables. Rings, necklaces and earrings can be lost, broken and/or pose a hazard to you or a fellow participant.

Is there a restroom on site?

Yes, there is a portable restroom on site.

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