Chris Damboise

Director, Training and Team Development

Chris brings an abundance of experience in the adventure field to bear on his leadership role within High 5. ”I love the way intentional adventure programming brings groups of people together in ways that otherwise would take years of time to reproduce.”

Prior to coming to High 5 in 2015, he worked at Project Adventure for eighteen years in a few different roles: Director of Credentialing Services & Technical Training and Director of  Challenge Course Design & Installation. 

In the field of adventure education for over 40 years, his other experience includes time as Adventure Director at YMCA Camp Jordan, Acadia Mountain Guides, the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and the Atlanta Outward Bound Center. Most of his formative years were spent as an outdoor educator with the University of Maine, Maine Bound programs. 

Chris serves on the Advisory Board for the Outdoor Leadership Program and Adventure Education Degree programs at Greenfield Community College and is a former council member of the Accreditation Council for AEE (Association for Experiential Education). He has authored/co-authored a number of publications including Adventure Education: Theory and Applications (2007), Knot Tying for the Challenge Course Practitioner (2011),  and Tinker: Building Purposeful Experiences From Classic Adventure Activities (2017).

Chris lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Amy, where he has access to all manner of outdoor terrain to muck about in. During time off he can often be found rock climbing, hiking, or backcountry skiing.

The best part of working at High 5? “Collaborating with so many creative, passionate and mission-driven colleagues. They are amazing!”