Challenge Course FAQs – Asbury University
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We are now booking for the July 2020 season and on. Each program scheduled has a potential for changes and cancellations due to COVID-19. Our staff will remain in contact concerning these changes.

▾ How do I schedule a visit?

This one's easy! Simply contact our Program Coordinator, Varee Crank, at (859) 858-3511, x2491 to talk through the dynamics of your group and when you would like to come. Whether you plan a half day or a whole day is up to you - we can accommodate your needs and your group's goals.

Once we have a date set on the calendar, we will send you a confirmation email outlining all the details for the program. We will then continue to check-in with you leading up to the program, and help you in any way we can.

▾ How long does a visit normally take?

The length of your visit to the Asbury University Challenge Course will depend upon the goals of your group and the type of activities you request. Most groups schedule either a half-day or a full-day; however, we have designed multi-day programs for some groups. It is our philosophy that unless a group has prior experience, the low course must be included with any high course program. Most full-day visits include 3 hours of low course activities in the morning, followed by a lunch, and then 3 hours of high course activities. Half day visits can be done either in the morning or afternoon, whichever best fits your schedule.

We also offer off-site programs that can be designed for a full-day, half-day, or even hourly event or program.

The best thing to do is contact our Program Corordinator, Varee Crank, at (859) 858-3511, x2491, so that we can design a visit that works best with the specifics of your group.

▾ What about food and beverages?

Ice water in 5 gallon coolers and cups are provided for all groups at the Challenge Course.

We offer visit packages that include food: a cookout lunch, catered sandwich trays, pizza lunch, or a light breakfast and snack bars. The cookout style lunch is the most popular option, and we take care of all the details - your only job is to eat and enjoy! We can also provide a vegetarian option for all meals upon request.

We have a sheltered pavilion and picnic tables where we do all of our meals. If you do not wish for us to provide lunch, you are more than welcome to bring your own. You can also bring your own snacks or drinks to have throughout the day.

This can all be arranged by contacting Varee Crank at (859) 858-3511, x2491.

▾ Who will work with our group?

Program Staff at the Asbury University Challenge Course are classified on two levels: Facilitators and Assistant Facilitators. Most Facilitators are university graduates who participate in annual trainings and have worked with a significant number of teams. One of these facilitators will be your main contact throughout the day. Assistant Facilitators have completed technical skill training and act in roles such as safety technicians and logistical support staff. All Challenge Course staff members are competent to guide teams in a professional manner in order to ensure safety and to provide transferrable learning for your workplace, school, community and personal lives.

For low course activities, there will be a 1:12 participant ratio. For high course activities, there will be a 2:10 participant ratio.

In case of medical emergency, there will be at least one staff member on cite who is certified in First Aid/CPR.

▾ How safe is the Course?

Challenge Course Safety

The Asbury University Challenge Course is constructed of treated wood, cable and ropes, and is inspected for integrity by our staff on a quarterly basis. Each spring a Professional Vendor Member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology assesses the course, the environment, the equipment, and all Challenge Course practices.

How We Stay Accountable

The Asbury University Challenge Course holds memberships to the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). The ACCT is the national body that sets construction and safety standards for ropes course operations. The AEE is the international body which encompasses the varieties of settings and types of outdoor education programs, publishes the Journal of Experiential Education, and supports program integrity with peer review and accreditation. Our construction and program practices are well within the guidelines established by these organizations.

▾ Who can participate?

Our client list ranges from middle school students to corporate adults. It is of utmost importance to us that our Challenge Course is accessible to as many people as possible. You'll find you don't need a great deal of upper body strength, tremendous balance, or the aerobic fitness of a mountain climber in order to have a fun and successful day with us. People from ages 6 to 82 have challenged themselves at our course, and many have surprised themselves, their co-workers, colleagues, family members and friends.

Our program curriculum is designed to promote teamwork and shared leadership with any group of people. Due to the focus of the program, we do not normally work with individuals younger than 5th grade, or offer programs to groups who do not have a transferable team purpose, such as birthday parties. In most instances, groups must have at least eight members to participate. Specifically, the low ropes course can have 8-250 participants at one time, while the high ropes course is more limited. In a 7 hour period, we can get approximately 100 people through the high ropes course (50 on highs/50 on lows for half a day, then switch).

For our off-site programs, we can handle larger groups. We have done programs at conferences of up to 1,000 people. Just give us a call for more details.

Activities will be tailored to your specific group. You can find out more by contacting our Program Coordinator, Varee Crank, at (859) 858-3511, x2491.

▾ What should we do about bad weather?

There are a few options if the weather is inclement, so please contact us if it looks questionable. In cases of light rain or mildly cool temperatures, it may be best to simply go as planned, assuming the group is properly dressed and willing.  However, in some instances, it may be best to look into rescheduling.

If it looks like there is a small chance of rain on the day of your program, we always recommend bringing a rain jacket just in case. Our best advice is to dress for the weather.

In the event of severe weather, Asbury University reserves the right to close the Course with pro-rated reimbursements.

▾ How should we dress?

Dress to be active and comfortable according to predicted weather conditions. If it is warm enough, shorts are fine, otherwise, casual pants are good. Boots are not necessary, tennis shoes work well, but sandals are not acceptable. In cooler weather, it is best to dress in layers so you can be comfortable as the day may grow warmer. It is always good to have a rain coat handy.

▾ What else should we bring?

Other than dressing for the weather, cameras are a good thing to have to capture lots of fun memories, although our facilitators often have a camera with them. In warm weather, you might also appreciate having a hat, sunglasses, and insect repellant.

▾ How do we get to the Challenge Course?

▾ Where can I stay on my visit?