Our Training Courses and Workshops

This two day facilitation skills workshop will focus upon participation in peer led adventure activities involving games, initiatives and low elements. Participants will have an opportunity to work with one another to enhance their facilitation skills and style as they give and receive feedback from one another. This highly interactive model provides a unique setting for participants to examine their facilitation style in a highly supportive and engaging environment.

This workshop gives the skilled practitioner the opportunity to review and add to their foundation of technical skills. Emphasis is on practicing and improving technical skills while developing what we call a “quiet competence” as an adventure practitioner.

At the beginning of the day specific participants needs will be assessed and then factored into the agenda. The content of this workshop builds upon the content from Beyond Basics Level 2 workshop (link http://high5adventure.org/training/beyond­basics­advancedchallenge­course­skills/ ) and provides a famework for you to review and prepare for Level 2 Challenge Course Certification testing. (Testing is optional and requires a separate registration).

Our five-day Adventure Basics training is your gateway to adventure education and challenge course programming skills.

Participants will learn both the basic technical skills of operating a challenge course as well as the facilitation skills essential to sequencing a program to maximize outcomes with participants.

Adventure Basics provides an important first step for both understanding the flow and interplay of a group experience and for learning the skills to run an effective challenge course program.

This workshop will help you prepare and review for the Level 1 Challenge Course Practitioner Certification test. (Testing is optional: you must register for the test separately.)

Join us for High 5's Annual Symposium! This annual event gathers practitioners of all levels for a day of sharing information, laughter and play, networking and energy. You'll be sure to take home a new trick or two. Stay tuned for more announcements about this exciting networking opportunity.

Please note: You are responsible for your own lodging reservations. There are many choices in the Brattleboro area. High 5 has discount arrangements with read more...

Beyond Basics is an advanced challenge course operations workshop. It is designed to help practitioners reinforce and improve the requisite technical skills needed to effectively operate a low and high challenge course program. Emphasis will be on developing a deeper understanding of challenge course systems and cultivating a critical eye for risk management.

This workshop prepares challenge course practitioners for Level II Certification. (Testing is optional, you must register for the test separately.)

The issue of transgender rights in schools, on playing fields, and beyond has become a hot topic over the past year. Many schools, camps and other organizations are eager to affirm their trans and gender non-conforming youth, but don't know where to start. Many others are engaging in the work already and would like to take their practices to the next level. Beyond Bathrooms is a day-long workshop facilitated by Perry Cohen and Meg Bolger of The Venture Out Project designed to help folks begin, continue, and deepen the good work of affirming trans and gender non-conforming youth.

Challenge Course Manager certification is for those individuals who are responsible for program management at their site (program directors, challenge course coordinators, etc.)

In addition to passing the certification test, candidates will also have documented a minimum of 30 hours of training in topics specific to program management. We recommend High 5’s Managing an Adventure Program workshop.

Candidates also must have completed Level 2 Certification and have a minimum of 500 hours of program experience.

Testing is conducted in a half-­day workshop format and includes both a written and practical exam.

This workshop is appropriate for any educator, upper elementary to high school, interested in strategies to develop connected learning communities. The foundation of the content in this one day workshop comes from High 5’s Edge of Leadership program core philosophy that connected classrooms and school communities foster healthy learning environments for youth and for adults.

You will explore the fundamental theories as well as intentionally sequenced activities illustrating how and why we promote connections.

This training will give challenge course practitioners a chance to look within themselves and explore the finer points of facilitation.  We will ask… and answer... the question of what drives us as practitioners. We will hope to understand the “why” behind the “what” we do as we lead our clients through an experience. This will be a mix of activities and dialogue that will help us explore our facilitation styles and help us understand what we are telling our groups without even knowing it.

Low challenge courses provide programs with many creative programming options. Come and explore this valuable group tool. Participants new to the field will learn both the basic technical and facilitation skills essential to operating a low challenge course program.

Seasoned practitioners will leave with new ideas and variations for using low challenge course activities.

Please plan to bring your own lunch. Tuition does not include meals or lodging.

When someone is captivated in play, we have an opportunity to focus their attention on sometimes simple, often profound life lessons. Lessons demonstrated in how we as a group played the game. During this workshop we will play some favorite games and with some simple framing or metaphoric connection, we can turn a game into something more.

Who would say ‘no’ to learning more adventurously? We all learn more effectively when we actively participate in what we are learning. Come join us for this workshop and learn how to spice up any classroom or program with adventure and play. Experience activities that will both support academic subjects, and engage all types of learners to create more ‘enriched’ programming. Both you and your students will benefit!

"Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education." - David Polis

Level 1 Challenge Course Practitioner Certification testing is appropriate for practitioners who facilitate adventure activities including lead­-up games and initiatives, low and high challenge course elements.

Participants considering Level 1 Practitioner Certification will have taken a minimum of 50 hours of training. We recommend High 5 Adventure Basics five­ day workshop (http://high5adventure.org/training/adventure­-basics/ ) and one other skills based workshop of 1 ­to 2 days in length. Qualifications for testing are listed here: http://high5adventure.org/resource-center/forms/

Testing includes a written and practical test. The written test must be passed with a score of at least 80%. Participants must show mastery of all practical skills. Testing at this level takes place over a one­ day period and must be renewed annually.

Candidates for Level 2 Challenge Course Practitioner Certification will possess an advanced level of program knowledge and advanced competencies in the area of facilitation and technical skills including all low and high challenge course elements.

Participants considering Level 2 Challenge Course Practitioner Certification will have taken a minimum of 85 hours (this includes the 50 hrs. from Level 1 Certification) of training based upon attendance at a High 5’s Beyond Basics four ­day workshop (or equivalent).

Qualifications to take the Level 2 Test are listed here: http://high5adventure.org/resource-center/forms/

Testing includes specialty skill areas such as challenge course rescues and a written and practical test. The written test must be passed with a score of at least 80% Participants must show mastery of all practical skills. Testing at this level takes place over a one­ day period. Level 2 certification must be renewed every three years.

This workshop is designed to help adventure professionals not only manage a program effectively, but also to develop the ability to think critically and proactively about its many facets and details.

The workshop is intended for anyone who has primary responsibility for the management of a challenge course: program directors, risk managers, athletic directors and lead training staff. It is ideal for ideal for anyone who is in charge of the operations of an adventure program using a challenge course.

This workshop prepares challenge course practitioners for Challenge Course Manager Certification, which is optional. You must register for the test separately.

Summer Camp Season is just around the corner and this workshop aims to give you a vast array of adventure activities to use for a range of purposes. Camp is synonymous with games and one of the aims of this workshop will be to add to your game and activity encyclopedia using easy to obtain props and also without props. We will not only teach activities but also talk about where to use them in a typical camp week, how to frame them for a variety of audiences, and how to ensure there is follow-up.

Debriefing skills can seem elusive to many practitioners, and for a variety of reasons. Perhaps we don’t allow enough time for a thorough period of reflection, or we aren’t inspired with the right reflection question or tool. By shifting some common perceptions about debriefing-that it’s only done at the end of activities, for example, or that it requires a set of skills separate from facilitation skills-experiential educators can easily become more effective in supporting participants transfer of learning from one activity to the next. This workshop frames the practice of debriefing according to three categories-topics, methods and skills. While some exposure to the fundamentals of adventure programing may be helpful, this workshop is designed to advance the skills of any participant, regardless of previous experience.

Our five-day Adventure Basics training is your gateway to adventure education and challenge course programming skills. Adventure Basics provides an important first step for both understanding the flow and interplay of a group experience and for learning the skills to run an effective challenge course program.

Please plan to bring your own lunch. Tuition does not include meals or lodging.

Low challenge courses provide programs with many creative programming options. Come and explore this valuable group tool. Participants new to the field will learn both the basic technical and facilitation skills essential to operating a low challenge course program. Seasoned practitioners will leave with new ideas and variations for using low challenge course activities.

This one-­day workshop is appropriate for challenge course practitioners seeking to review, polish or refine their skills and is a great review if you are preparing for the Level 1 Certification test (optional and requires separate registration). At the beginning of the day specific participants needs will be assessed and then factored into the agenda. You will have the opportunity to review and refresh basic technical skills. It is recommended that challenge course practitioners review their skills on a regular basis.

In this one ­day workshop, you will experience play as a tool for engaging students and delve into understanding what the latest research indicates about the relationship of play with improved intellectual achievement, physical health and emotional well-being.

This workshop will highlight some of this research while engaging you in play!

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