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Title: Student affairs update
Series Title: Student affairs update
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Language: English
Creator: Divison of Student Affairs, University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida Division of Student Affairs
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: Summer 2007
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Division of Student Affairs
EDUCATING LEADERS FOR A GLOBAL COMMUNITY





Student Affairs Update


UNIVERSITY of
UF FLORIDA
Division of Student Affairs
155 Tigert Hall
PO Box 113250
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-3250
www. ufsa. ufl. edu


TAKING LEARNING OUTDOORS
An enriching component of student learning is personal development and
group dynamics in non-traditional learning environments. The Department
of Recreational Sports is committed to enhancing student engagement and
learning through experiential recreational programs and activities that go
beyond the classroom. The Challenge Course with Alpine Tower at Lake
Wauburg is an example of an experiential learning program that has positively
impacted students.


Challenge Course with Alpine Tower


The Challenge Course was a lot of fun
to do the encouragement, teamwork,
and cooperation. It encouraged us to
think as a group.

Sigma Lambda Beta Participant


Contact information for this publication:

Department of Recreational Sports
200 Student Rec & Fitness Center
PO Box 118212
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-8212
www.recsports. ufl. edu


*This publication is available in
alternative print format upon request.


The Challenge Course at Lake Wauburg is an
outdoor personal development and team building
activity that consists of low elements and an
Alpine Climbing Tower. Low elements take place
on, or a few feet above, the ground. The Alpine
Climbing Tower is constructed of utility poles and
requires a belay for safety. .
In the fall of 1999, Student Government allocated
$250,000 for the construction of the 40-foot Alpine
Tower and Low Challenge Course. These projects
were completed May 2001, and the 50-foot
Climbing Wall was added November 2001. Spring
2007, two new elements to the Low Challenge
Course, The Whale Watch and The Zig Zag, were
added to provide groups alternative and diverse
challenges. Participation in these activities has grown to 1,279 in 2006-2007.

Services Offered

The Challenge Course is designed for student groups of 12 or more who
would like a unique approach to building group communication skills and group
cohesion. Reservation policies and contact information is available on line:
www.recsports.ufl.edu/ropes_policies.aspx

After a reservation has been made,
Challenge Course Participants group leaders meet with a Recreational
2003 2007 Sports Department Challenge Course
2006 -2007..................... 1,279 Representative prior to participation to
develop a unique curriculum designed
2005 2006...................... 692 specifically to the needs of the group. This
collaboration ensures that both the chosen
2004 2005....................... 709 activities and the sequencing of events
2003 2004 .................. 958 best fit the dynamics of the group and the
desired group experience.





The Low Challenge Course is used for exploring team building principles.
Participants are able to identify and practice team building skills such as
listening, leadership, planning, and communication while embarking on an
adventurous and challenging mission. The action and earnings that occur
represent some of the most intriguing group dynamics. The "ah ha" moments
are plentiful.

The Alpine Tower is the ideal setting for fostering team building,
communication, and self-esteem. This is a great way for individuals to
challenge themselves within their group. Not only do participants have to
work on trusting themselves to rise to the occasion, but they need to put trust
in their group members who are their safety supporters. This element is designed to address the various levels
of participant comfort within a group, and there is a role for everyone in the group. The Alpine Tower not only
challenges the novice but provides routes with alternative dynamics for those with minimal fear of heights who would
like to challenge themselves in unconventional ways.

Benefits to Students

The benefits of participating in the Challenge Course are endless from personal
growth to group development and beyond. Many students share two of the
greatest benefits: getting to know one another beyond the surface and interacting
with each other. Common personal benefits include identifying the roles a
participant takes in a group, behavior tendencies, commonalities shared with
others, recognizing personal strengths, acknowledging personal areas to grow
and more. Common group development themes include getting to know one
another, building cohesion, working together to problem solve, building trust and
collaboration, and recognizing group strengths. One of the great benefits to the *
Challenge Course is that it serves as a model of how to have fun while working
together.

Looking Ahead

To enhance the services offered to students and provide more opportunities
for students to get involved, the Department of Recreational Sports is planning
to expand the Challenge Course offerings through the addition of low course
elements and adding a high ropes component. Recreational Sports also offers
indoor challenge course programming and mobile activities at off-site locations.




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