Boulder Ridge Challenge Course

 

Course Elements & What to Expect

 
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Low Course

Can your group make it across the "Acid River?" Or how about the "Cable Walk?" These group activities are great for any physical ability level. Get ready to strengthen your minds and your team trust!

All Aboard

A balancing act in every sense: this element will free the group from any remaining self-conscious feelings about touching. 'The closer, the better' is the rule here, as the group tries to fit as many people as possible on the platform. A great element to start the day and get a group going!

Log Challenge

The challenge is to NOT fall off the log. Your facilitator will have you line up in varying orders and it's up to you and your teammates to line up by height, age, etc. while all remaining on the log together.

Cable Walk

Using only two ropes suspended from the surrounding trees, each team member must walk the cable walk triangle from beginning to end. As many members may be on the element at once as needed, but if one person steps off the cable before completing the triangle, the group must start again. This challenge begins to combine problem solving elements where success is only achieved by working together as a team.

The Acid River

The participants start on a bank of an acid river. There are a number of rocks sticking above the river's surface. The group has several planks which they may use to cross the river. If any group member falls off a plank or a rock while crossing the river, or should any of the planks touch or fall into the river, the group must start over again.

Spider Web

Is your group all tangled up? This element will let your group combine challenge and imagination in achieving a team solution. The object is to move the entire group through the Spider Web without touching any of the threads. Each passage hole in the web may be used only once since the hole closes up once used. The group cannot go over or under the web, or use the trees in their effort. Of course, if someone touches the web, the entire group must start over until complete.

Tension Traverse

This initiative tests the ability of members of your group to work as a team on balance as well as strategy. The object is to move as a group from one safe area to another, traversing over a series of tautly strung cables. One wrong move and the group will fall victim to the engulfing body of the peanut butter slug! (In other words, they have to start again (of course!).)

Commitment Bridge

You've discovered the secret to eternal youth! Periodically you have to come to this place and, with a partner, walk out on these special rejuvenating wires. The further out the two of you get on the cable, the longer you will live! An excellent element to experience the values of commitment, working together, and the rewards that come from these.

Team Wall

You and your team must, using only each other, get every team member up and over the 12 foot vertical wall. Great for concluding a day's session, and also our most challenging low course element.

High Course

"Fly high" among the trees of Liberty Mountain with the High Elements Challenge Course. Challenge your team to take on new heights and build teamwork during this exciting outdoor adventure!

Horizontal Ladder

Two parallel cables are spaced apart with wooden rungs placed irregularly along the span. The participant crawls across on hands and feet or knees. The ladder may shake a great deal but will not flip over. Although this is not a difficult element, there is considerable exposure as the participant invariably will be looking down!

Floppy Two Line

Two parallel cables are constructed approximately five feet apart. The participant walks sideways on the lower cable while using the upper cable for balance and support. This is not very difficult but there is significant exposure.

Multi-Line

Similar to the Floppy Two Line Bridge: instead of using an upper cable for balance and support, the participant steadies him/herself with a series of ropes dangling from an upper cable (out of reach). Because the participant must commit to release in one line as he/she grasps the next, this element offers slightly more exposure than the Two Line Bridge.

Heebie-Jeebie

Two lengths of rope are tied from trees and anchored to a lower cable on which the participant walks, using the ropes for support. This element provides considerable exposure, because the support offered by the first rope diminished steadily, until the participant is forced to switch to the other rope halfway across.

Burma Bridge

Three parallel cables are configured in a 'V' and tied together with traverse ropes at varying intervals. The participant walks on the lower ropes while using the two upper ropes for stability. This is not a very difficult element, but there is significant exposure. An excellent way to gain height in a multi-line element, linear high course.

Tower

Our tower consists of two wooden climbing surfaces with resin hand and footholds built in (specially designed and manufactured to simulate rock), a cargo net, and a giant's ladder for multiple options and difficulty levels in reaching the top of the tower.

Zip-Line

A cable 300 feet long is suspended between two trees. The participant hooks into a pulley apparatus and slides down the cable. The element is designed so that even a heavier participant is never less than ten feet off the ground. Often used as the final element and exit from the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

We can inspire and stimulate growth within your group or organization. We help to develop group trust and problem solving techniques. Your group will learn to gain personal confidence and increase their communication skills. You will find your group has built lasting relationships and acquire insights they can apply to all areas of their everyday life, and most importantly they will have a great time doing it!
Our secluded outdoors setting at the beautiful Boulder Ridge Lodge and team of highly trained facilitators creates an atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie. Between our low and high ropes courses, you can be sure there are plenty of challenges for your group to work together and overcome. We also have plenty of meeting space and food service available to offer your group.

Advance reservations are required. There is a 10 person minimum. Our course is designed for ages 10 and older.

All participants are required to submit a Medical Form and sign a Release Form. Participants under the age of 18 will need a parent's signature. 

For more information please contact us at (717) 642-8282, Ext. 3344 x3344 or submit an event proposal to receive a quote.

Testimonials

What do past groups have to say about our course?

"A huge thank you for a wonderful day at Boulder Ridge on Tuesday. The weather was cold and heavy rain. When leaving school we anticipated at least a few complaints about having to be out in the rain. Those rain clouds did not dampen the day one bit. Many, many of the St Francis Xavier School 8th graders said the day spent at Boulder Ridge was one of their favorite days of all of their years at St Francis!! Thank you to the wonderful instructors that knew just what to do with this high energy group. They all loved it! Thanks again,"

-Lesa

 

"Just wanted to let you know that everyone had a fabulous time yesterday and the weather was perfect. The team-building games and low course elements were all great fun; the highlight was the rock wall and zip line of course! All of the girls made it to the top somehow! They are so proud of themselves and will talk about it for a long time. Special thanks go to Carolyn and Renee who did a wonderful job! Please pass along our appreciation! I'll be recommending Boulder Ridge to all the other scout groups. Thanks so much,"

- Sally, Girl Scout Leader

 

"Thank you for all of your help in making our challenge course experience an enjoyable one. We had an awesome time and everyone here at Target benefited from the experience. We'd love to come visit again and you were the best facilitators ever! Thanks again."

- Jessie, Jalei, and the rest of the Target, Inc. team

 

"The Shippensburg University New Student Orientation Committee would like to thank everyone for their role in making our Winter Retreat at Liberty the best one yet! The Committee really enjoyed the warm hospitality, service, outdoor activities and the meals. It was apparent that each of you put thought and effort into making our event successful. The Challenge Course helped the committee improve communication, trust and team work abilities. The meals were always served promptly and with very friendly service. We also enjoyed our overnight accommodations and snow tubing! After the retreat we returned to SU feeling energized and ready to welcome new students to our campus. Again, we express our heartfelt thanks for the efforts of your team that helped improve our team."

- Janet, Assoc. Dean of Students, Shippensburg University