Teamwork Technology

Challenge Courses are traditionally an outside, hands on learning experience, and because they are outside we tend to turn off the cell phones, walk into the woods, and disconnect from the world for a little while. During this disconnected period we reflect on the experiences we are having and how to take our new found

The social chameleon

In nature, the chameleon has the ability to blend with its surroundings.  With this ability the chameleon is able to convince other animals that it belongs in that place, they become part of their surroundings and are hard to notice.  If you met me my freshmen year you would probably agree that I was a

Real World Skills

When people hear the words “Challenge Course” and “Goals” everyone has the same first thoughts: Teamwork, Communication, and Leadership. While all of those are important skills they are just a few that participants may learn. In fact there are some skills participants may not even realize they are taking back to the “real world” at

Summer’s Comin’ In… and it’s goin’ outta style!

May 2014 Summer is finally here (unofficially) and the SU Outdoor Challenge Course is up and running! We started the month of April with trainings, getting both returning facilitators refreshed and new facilitators trained. We hosted one of our favorite trainers, Kevin “Doc” Klein, who showed our facilitation staff the ropes, so to speak, as

Our New Challenge Course Website

Hey Everyone! I wanted to update you on the location of our new challenge course website, which has all kinds of information regarding the challenge course. You can find the website at the location below: http://recreationservices.syr.edu/challenge-course/ We will continue to use the blog to show cool things, add photos and videos, and to keep you

It was a grand opening.. and a beautiful day!

Well, it’s official! We held our grand opening and official dedication ceremony on Tuesday October 8, which means the challenge course is open for business! It was a beautiful morning on the course, and with the Syracuse skyline in the backdrop, we couldn’t have asked for a more picture perfect moment. The metaphor of taking

Element Highlight: The Zip line

As our opening date approaches, we will begin to share more details about the challenge course. We hope you’re all as excited as we are! One of the high elements we will have on the course is the zip line. Imagine being high up in the air with only a rope, harness, and pulley to

Construction Update!

 If a picture says a thousand words, then you can see how the course is taking shape! The top two pictures detail the challenge course and the towers, the third shows the Outdoor Education Center looking down from the path which leads up to the challenge course on top of the hill. One side of

The ‘Cuse Challenge interviews Laura Sowalskie

There isn’t much Laura Sowalskie fears. I mean, she’s practically done it all! Coming in as a freshman with knowledge of ropes, knots, and belaying, it was no surprise she turned to the Leadership Outdoor Orientation Program (LOOP) to fulfill her need for adventure. Not only has she climbed the elements of Syracuse University’s Flanagan

3 Ways Outdoor Education Helps You Build Confidence

Whether you are a student or a seasoned vet in the workplace, confidence is key to all that you do. It is important to believe in yourself otherwise negative messages from naysayers will hold you back from reaching your full potential. When people think of outdoor education, they usually think ‘adventure’ ‘team building‘ ‘leadership.’ These