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Retreat & Ecology Campus

Progression Components in Detail


Group initiatives and low and high ropes elements are the “curriculum” that we use to ensure that the team building experiences offered at LUREC move beyond recreation and into education. 

Introductory initiatives include name games and activities that get group members moving, talking, sharing with one another and developing a bond or enhancing existing relationships. 

Beginning initiatives introduce activities that call upon the group to plan, set goals, implement their ideas, try out leadership/follower/collaborator roles, reflect upon how the group is performing and begin to move towards higher functioning and the development of working relationships among group members

Advanced initiatives push the group to perform and work through roadblocks to success by utilizing the skills they have developed.  Group members are encouraged to step outside of their typical role within their group in order to prepare themselves for continued high levels of performance after their program


Low ropes elements take many forms and the LUREC campus has 15 unique options.  Low ropes elements move the action off of the ground as group members traverse cables affixed to trees, collaborate to move through obstacles and add a more physical aspect to the experience.  These elements are close enough to the ground that safety systems such as harnesses and ropes are not necessary but spotting and close attention to the physical safety of one another does come into play.

High elements at LUREC include a climbing tower, team-focused high ropes course (participants traverse elements in pairs), individual challenge high ropes course and multiple high elements that can be adapted to specific learning outcomes.  High elements provide a shift of focus within a program by moving outside of group work and towards individual or paired participant challenges and achievement.

For more information, please contact Eric Howden at ehowden@luc.edu or 815.338.1032.


Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road · Woodstock, IL 60098 · Phone: 815.338.1032 · lurec@luc.edu

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