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TCU CHALLENGE COURSE

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A day at the Challenge Course:

A day at the challenge course usually lasts four to eight hours during which your group will work through a series of activities. These activities may include but are not limited to; warm-up stretches, ice breaker games, group challenges, trust activities, and low and high elements. Choosing to extend your team building activities to a full-day eight-hour session provides even more opportunity for group development and facilitation. All groups will complete a pre-event assessment form that allows the challenge course staff to create a day specifically geared toward individual needs.

 

Participant Requirements and Restrictions:

The programs and activities at the TCU challenge course are designed for participants in moderate to good health with average to good mobility. We recommend participants familiarize themselves with the requirements, restrictions, and risk prior to committing.

All Program Elements Require:

  • All participants to agree and sign both a TCU and a Country Day participant agreement. Participants under the age of 18 must have a signed agreement by a parent or legal, court-assigned guardian. Links to these forms are at the bottom of this page.
  • Participants must be able to understand and comply with instructions in English or bring their own translator
  • Sturdy, close-toed shoes are required

 

Your Options:

On-site: Team Building

The staff at TCU can plan individualized team building experiences for your group on-site at the TCU Rec Center. These events can scheduled and planned based on the amount of time and goals you have for the group.

Low Course: 

The low element component of the challenge course primarily centers around team building activities. These events are designed to engage and challenge participants physically, intellectually, and emotionally. Most activities include some form of physical activity, and therefore participants should come dressed to be active, engaged, and outdoors for an extended length of time. Sturdy, close-toed shoes are a requirement.

High Course:

The high element component of the challenge course primarily centers around individual discovery and growth. High element activities can be a fun and effective way to finish out a great day of team building with a group!

  • Weight restriction: 250lbs. Must be able to fit properly into the harness and other protective equipment.
  • Minimum height: while no minimum height is required, elements are designed with teens and adult participants in mind
  • Age requirements: ages 10 and up

 

What to Wear/Bring:

Participants should wear clothing that is comfortable and allows for freedom of movement.

  • Top: t-shirts, sweatshirts, or button-down casual shirts
  • Bottom: loose fitting pants, long shorts or sweat pants
  • Shoes: closed-toed athletic shoes such as hiking boots or tennis shoes. Sandals and open-toed shoes are NOT recommended
  • Refillable water bottles. Water will be provided, but it is helpful to have your own water bottle for convenience and to keep you hydrated.
  • Sunscreen and mosquito repellant are also recommended depending on the weather and season.

Dress for the weather: remember you will be outside for an extended period of time. Participants should prepare to be active and inactive for extended lengths of time. Weather that you can tolerate for an hour is not the same as an entire day. On cold days, please bring several extra layers, gloves and hats. In case of inclement weather, please bring a rain jacket and pants.

What not to wear: examples of inappropriate attire include: flip flops, dress shoes, running or other nylon athletic shorts and tank tops. Additionally, please do not wear any jewelry, including watches, earrings, rings, etc. These items can easily be caught in the equipment and cause injury.

 

What to do when you arrive:

Upon arrival, our facilitators will greet your group. Please park in the parking lot shown on the map and walk up the gravel path to the challenge course area. Group coordinators should print the two release forms below and bring completed forms for every participant with them to the event. They should also download, complete, and email the “Roll Sheet” no later than 2 days before the scheduled event to helen.colina@tcu.edu to confirm participant numbers.

Relevant Forms: