Low Ropes Course Sample Agenda
Providing all the interaction and outdoor excitement of the High Ropes Course, the Low Ropes Course is a great alternative for groups who wish to stay on the ground or close to the ground on ropes, cables, and planks. The challenges call upon every team member to participate, presenting opportunities for self-discovery and team growth.
The facilitator begins by going through rules, guidelines, timing, safety, etc. and determining why the group is participating in the program. Together, they set individual and team goals for the day.
Stretching and Warm-Ups
The facilitator leads the group through partner stretches and has the group practice "spotting" other team members. Team members increase their comfort level with physical challenges, working in close proximity and direct communication.
Learn the proper ways to "spot" a partner, and to "spot" as part of a group. This will be important later for safe completion of some of the challenges. It’s important immediately to get the group comfortable working together closely.
Begin Low Ropes Challenges
Teams have time to complete three or four of the low challenges; each element taking approximately thirty minutes depending on the group’s ability. A brief discussion about concepts like leadership, organization of roles, and team dynamics follow each activity. The sample challenges listed below are not available at all ropes course sites.
Sample Low Ropes Challenges
- Double Trouble Two participants, starting at opposite ends of a cable, attempt to cross a 30-foot long cable strung between two trees; the cable is about two feet off of the ground. The other team members spot the climbers as they make their way across the cable.
- Bridge Is Out The entire team must devise a way to get the group from one platform (about one foot off the ground) to another platform located about 20 feet away using just two boards. This initiative highlights the groups problem-solving abilities, communications, and responding to a crisis.
- Stretcher (Low V) This activity requires two people to work together very closely in order to move from the narrow end of a "V-shaped" cable to the wide end about 15 feet away. Partners must rely on each other and adjust their strategy on the fly to successfully complete this element.
- The Web The whole team must get through a human-sized vertical web without touching any strands. This challenge requires a great deal of trust and start-to-finish planning to be successful.
Entire group is brought together to share their experience on the ropes course. Participants are asked to share what they learned or affirmed about themselves or their team, and how they can apply these learnings back to the work environment.
This sample agenda is for a half-day program. It can stand alone, be expanded into a full-day experience or be combined with any of the other teambuilding adventures.