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Challenge Course

Challenge Course Request Form

The Challenge Course is a valuable tool for group development.  The challenge course, located at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC), functions as a living laboratory for participants to learn to work in right relationship with self and others. Benefits include the development of trust, communication skills, increased self-efficacy, an awareness of self and others, and leadership capacities.  The goal of participating in a challenge course is for participants and groups to transfer learning on the course to their everyday lives.

A challenge course is a series of low elements (requiring spotting, less than 12’ off the ground) and high elements (requiring a safety system, greater than 12’ off of the ground).  An element is a structure that functions as an obstacle constructed of wood, metal cables, and rope.  These elements are arranged into a sequence of activities.

Before a group arrives, the LUC challenge course staff works with the group coordinator to assess the desired learning outcomes.  These outcomes are then used to sequence low and high elements into a progression that increases in challenge and complexity.  Throughout the day, participants are lead on guided reflections to make meaning of the experience.

Examples of Learning Outcomes:

Challenge Course Request Form

Questions?  Contact Rachel Murray, Program Coordinator, at rmurray3@luc.edu 


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