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Gathering Again Takes on More Meaning During Covid By Jim Grout “This workshop gathering helped me emotionally come to terms with what was possible. I left feeling like we can do this.” –Todd Bebeau – Hanover High School, NH Returning to adventure programming during Covid is a challenge for most of us.  However, we are […]




Team Building Facilitation Style That Works

Be Chameleon-like Facilitator

“A leader is best when people barely know they exist…when their work is done, their aim fulfilled, they will all say: We did it ourselves.” —Lao-Tzu, ancient philosopher Note to Self: The Team Building Experience Isn’t About You By Jim Grout Recently, I co-wrote with Lisa Hunt a blog about “upping your facilitation game.” One […]




Are You Ready To Up Your Facilitation Game?

Are You Ready To Up Your Facilitation Game? Co-written By Lisa Hunt, Jim Grout & Former High 5 Trainer, Chris Ortiz How have you grown the most as a facilitator, outside of trial by fire? Recently, I attended a facilitator round table hosted by facilitator, creator and writer, Meg Bolger, and the partner conversation prompt […]




Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall… Is There A Leader Within?

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall… Is There a Leader Within? By Jim Grout As the wicked queen in Snow White discovered, looking in a mirror can be a reassuring or unsettling experience—it depends on what you hope to see. We all seek to improve ourselves throughout our lives, to be a better person in ways […]




The Joy of Conversation

The Joy Of Conversation – It’s Worth the Effort By Jim Grout When was the last time you had a conversation that mattered?  I know the word “mattered” is a relative term, but recently I have been reflecting on the importance of conversations and how many meaningful conversations I have had with students during our […]




High 5 Challenge Course Stories

Making Peace the High 5 Way: Iraq & USA By Jim Grout (Blog Archive 2010 with Photos from 2018) Preface – A popular word every holiday season is Peace. And while World Peace may be a lofty goal, I’m reminded how achievable it is when I experience our programs each and every day throughout the year. […]




Finding Pinecones

Finding Pinecones By Phil Brown Even though this may sound like the name of a cool new activity (maybe someone reading this can make one up…or maybe this is already an activity I have yet to see), it is not what this is in reference to. Instead it refers to a moment this summer that […]