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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 23, 1997)
Course gives opportunity
to overcome differences
ROPES from page 1
Chrisp was doing a trust fall. One
person stands in the middle of a circle
and then slowly falls into the arms of
group members who control the fall
and pass the person around the circle.
The trust fall is one of the opening
activities groups go through to build
teamwork and trust as part of the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Adventure Ropes Challenge course.
The course, at Camp Easter Seals
in Milford, is a series of activities
both on the ground and 25 feet in the
air designed to improve teamwork,
cooperation and self-confidence.
Course facilitators provide the
challenges, and the groups, usually of
10 to 50 people, must figure out how
to meet them, Outdoor Adventures
director Jim Fullerton said.
“They learn that the greater the
challenge, the greater support they
need to succeed,” Fullerton said.
You can learn a lot from failure. Here the
process is more important than the
interim ropes course director
The course teaches groups to work
together outside in different settings
than they are used to, Fullerton said.
Before the trust fall, everyone had
to learn how to spot and focus on a
person. To teach focus, facilitators
used an activity called mirroring,
where students mimicked everything
their partner did.
Interim ropes course director
James Ball established one rule for
“Follow their movements exactly,
but please, no Macarena,” Ball said.
One of the other events the group
of students faced Sunday was the
amoeba electric fence.
They moved all 13 people in their
group across a VA foot tall ‘electric’
fence, made of nylon rope, before an
imaginary band of vicious pygmies
caught up with them.
“The ‘pygmies’just give us the
time factor to move the group across
the obstacle,” Ball said.
But as they moved across the
fence everyone stayed in contact with
two other people in the group and
everyone else had to be connected.
The group had five minutes to
complete the task before the pretend
pygmies reached them.
“To get everyone over the fence
we had to work together and trust
each other,” Chrisp said.
The group spent the rest of the
afternoon working through other
events such as moonball, lapsit, the
balance beam and sleeping giant.
Each one presented a different obsta
cle the group had to work together to
Participants learn many lessons
on the course, Ball said.
“You can learn a lot from failure,”
Ball said. “Here the process is more
important than the objective.”
In addition to the low course,
mere is a senes oi events zd ieei in
the air that are geared more toward
Balance beams and steel cables
that span from tree to tree. Each span
between the trees requires a different
technique to cross.
The high elements push people to
their limits physically to challenge
them, Mahler said.
“When you’re challenged in a
class you can just slack off and not do
it,” Mahler said. “But on the (high)
course you can’t procrastinate
because it is in your face.”
At the end of any session at the
Adventure Ropes Challenge course,
the whole group comes together to
discuss what they learned.
The honors students agreed that
communication and working together
were important lessons.
“I learned that although Mike
doesn’t like my sweater we can still
get along,” junior honors board mem
ber Dan Augustyn said.
The course is operated by facilita
Each of the facilitators has taken a
course to learn the theory behind the
team building activities. * .
After completing the training,
students can work as facilitators at
the course as long as they are stu
dents, Fullerton said.
Facilitator Jay Mahler, a junior in
general studies, said his job is
rewarding because he can watch
groups grow through the events.
“I like to see people learn that their
way isn’t always right,” Mahler said.
“If they can learn to appreciate diversi
ty here, they can take that with them.”
Groups interested in participating
in or being a facilitator for the
Adventure Ropes Challenge course
program should contact Outdoor
Adventures. The course is open,
weather permitting, during the school
year and summer.
“The Adventure Challenge will
move you from your current comfort
zone through a groan zone to a new
growth zone,” facilitator Amanda
TOP: MIKE MCQUISTAN, a UNL junior, is pushed among friends and helping
hands in an exercise of trust.
ABOVE: JOSH PINKELMAN, a freshman mechanical engineering major,
walks over a balance beam as teammates walk along beside him.
Dome cnanenge experience
available back on campus
By Josh Funk
Thanks to Student Involvement
and the Group Challenge
Experience, events like the amoeba
electric fence can be set up in the
comfort of your own meeting room.
The Group Challenge
Experience was developed in con
junction with the Adventure
Challenge Ropes Course in Milford.
The Group Challenge offers groups
the chance to build teamwork, under
standing and cooperation without die
“We bring some of the team ele
ments of a ropes course into an area
where groups can do them,”
University Program Council staff
member Brian Kennedy said.
The activities are all run by facil
itators, the University of Nebraska
Lincoln students trained to work
with the groups.
The Group Challenge can be
done with any size group for almost
any length of time depending on
what members want to work on,
facilitator Amanda Stone said.
“We can work on anything from
icebreakers to serious team building
with a group,” Stone said.
Groups start off with get
acquainted activities where they
learn about each other’s personali
Then groups move on to problem
solving and team building activities.
Events such as the trust fall or amoe
ba electric fence require the group to
“We teach them how to overcome
obstacles and communicate better,”
Facilitators explain the elements
and set the rules for the groups.
Sometimes the rules change in the
middle of an activity.
“The rules always change in life,”
facilitator and interim ropes course
director James Ball said. “You just
have to adjust and keep going.”
After each element, the groups
discuss what they learned during the
“We want them to learn that
every idea is good,” Kennedy said.
“They need to learn how to recognize
what works and support it.”
Both the ropes course and the
group programs use the same theory
to address problems with working
Ropes courses and similar activi
ties are gaining popularity across the
country, Ball said.
“These courses were originally
developed as part of military training
to prepare men for survival situa
tions,” Ball said. “But now they are
widely used to build teamwork for
The experience is different for
every group, Outdoor Adventures
director Jim Fullerton said.
“We provide the challenges and
they get whatever they need to out of
the experience,” Fullerton said.
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