December 2010 Archives

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Happy Holidays, Here's a Game Gift!

Here's another favorite activity from all of us at High 5, perfect for exploring the complexities of communication and the journey from the formation and sharing of ideas to the interpretation by others. The attached PDF includes the activity write-up and the prop. Just Print the PDF, cut out the cards and enjoy the fun. The discussion potential and learning opportunities are endless so be creative!

Happy Holidays!

Click the link to download the PDF write-up and printable prop
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Personal equipment on the course?

Can staff use their own personal equipment while facilitating on the challenge course?

This question comes up a lot and it most recently came up on the ropes list serve so I wanted to give it some attention. There probably are as many opinions on this question as there are challenge course managers. The main point of this question is whether you, as a challenge course manager/director, allow the staff on your course to use their own harnesses while facilitating. The first question I always ask in these situations is why? What is the outcome you hope to achieve by having this local operating procedure? Some of the typical answers heard are: more comfort while hanging in the harness; availability of gear loops; instilling confidence in the participants by seeing facilitators with more advanced equipment.

Before I dig into these points, you should know, I am not a fan of the policy of having facilitators use their personal equipment while facilitating.

Recent Comments

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  • Ryan McCormick: Thanks Nate, I love this activity and find useful in read more
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  • Ryan McCormick: Well, it depends on the size of the group. With read more