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Oklahoma State University
Department of Wellness

America's HEALTHIEST Campus®

Challenge Course

High Elements at Challenge Course
Games at the Challenge Course
Low Elements at Challenge Course

What is the Challenge Course?

The OSU Outdoor Adventure Challenge Course offers all ages a series of physical and mental challenges. This combination of games, obstacles, and problem solving activities add up to high adventure and excitement, all within a caring and supportive atmosphere.

Challenge Course Rates

OSU Student Organizations

  • 10-14 Participants: $23/person
  • 15+ Participants: $20/person
  • Minimum Group Charge: $230

Community

  • 10-14 Participants: $35/person
  • 15+ Participants: $30/person
  • Minimum Group Charge: $350

To reserve a spot for your group on our challenge course, call our office at 405.744.5581

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The following charges apply to any group wishing to cancel a reservation:

  • 22 days in advance: No Charge
  • 15-21 days in advance: $50.00
  • 8-14 days in advance: $100.00
  • 1-7 days in advance: $200.00
  • No Shows - Charged Full Rate  

FAQ

Course components?

The Challenge Course is comprised of three main areas: Games and Initiatives, Low Elements, and High Elements. Participants of all ages in reasonable shape can use the facilities safely. One does not have to be an athlete to experience the Challenge Course. The genuine challenges are in the mind.

Games and Initiatives

These activities take the participants from a simple warm-up to more complex problems requiring the group to plan and execute strategies for successfully completing each task. This time is devoted to stretching, getting-to-know one another, and providing an opportunity for the group to take emotional as well as physical risks.

Low Elements

Participants move through a set of events that are carried out on or just above ground level. Each one presents a unique degree of difficulty and challenge to the individual. Group members graduate through a series of activities that will facilitate developing trust in their physical and emotional environments.

High Elements

These activities begin at ground level and culminate on a platform at varying heights, with participants returning to the ground by a zip line. Our challenge course has a variety of high elements, each with their own beneficial qualities. Highs provide a physical environment that will develop self-confidence by taking challenges never before tried.

Do I get to choose which high elements my group uses?

Each experience on the challenge course is a unique event, which can be specifically catered to your group’s goals and expectations. The decision of which high element experience your group will participate in is up to the Challenge Course Facilitators and is based on a number of factors such as the age of your group, the weather, your timeline, etc. If you have specific concerns, please give us a call!

What can be accomplished?

Any Challenge Course experience can be customized to the individual needs of the group, but some of the common outcomes are:

  • Increased mutual support within a group
  • Development of teamwork and problem solving skills
  • Encouragement of an increased level of agility and physical coordination
  • Enhancement the participants’ self-confidence

How do I make a reservation?
 

Plan ahead! The popularity of the program requires groups to plan 3 to 4 months in advance to reserve a weekend date or just a week or two to reserve a weekday. Give us a call and we will compare calendars. At the point of your reservation, we will need to know how many people you will be bringing to the course and their age range, as well as the date and time you would like to be there.

Group Sizes and Start Times

Most groups arrive at 9 a.m. and finish late afternoon, depending on the group size. Other starting times can be arranged. Ideally, groups include 15 to 40 participants. If you have a larger group, and want to complete the experience in one day, then please call our office and we can make some suggestions.

Who can attend?

The OSU Challenge Course was specifically designed and built for older youth and adult age populations. Younger groups may be able to utilize selected components, but discretion must be exercised. Groups with participants who are 13 or younger require a modified Challenge Course experience. We recommend calling our office to discuss the options for younger people.

Do I have to if I don't want to?

The OSU Outdoor Adventure Philosophy is "Challenge by Choice." Participation is always voluntary. No one is ever required, forced, or coerced to participate. Every person makes their own decisions and commitments based on what they are willing to risk. We believe taking one more step than previously thought possible is far more important than attaining the apparent goal of a given task. The impact of this approach is felt within the entire group. Teamwork and cooperation are achieved with surprising speed. Even more profound is the effect upon the individual, who often develops a clearer insight and a fuller appreciation of self.

Is the OSU Course safe?

Taking risks is an essential ingredient for adventure activities, but it must be understood that sensible risk taking is contained within the boundaries of good judgment, common sense, and the established principles of safety for the OSU Challenge Course. Your instructors will explain the proper procedures for all the activities. Remember that safety is based on each individual's commitment to be safety-minded at all times. Please cooperate with your instructors and your experience will not only be safe but also enjoyable.

Who are the instructors?

Each certified instructor has attended a training program, which includes not only the technical skills but also aspects of leadership, group dynamics, and program planning. Instructors are required to re-certify annually and be proficient in all aspects of safety before leading any group at the OSU Challenge Course. We make every effort to maintain a 1:10 instructor/participant ratio.

What about food?

We recommend a light sack lunch and a cooler and lots of ice water (especially during summer months). The lunch break is less than an hour so cooking is generally not a good idea.

What about bad weather?

The rule of thumb is to dress for the weather. OSU will not cancel because of rain. We feel that if you're willing to get wet, then so are we! Sometimes it is necessary to modify the Challenge Course experience due to weather conditions so uncomfortable that goals cannot be accomplished or conditions that jeopardize the safety of the participants. If you choose to cancel based on forecasted weather, we request that you cancel by noon the day before so we can notify the instructors. Standard cancellation fees will apply.
Should you decide that your group needs indoor facilities, lodge or cabin reservations can be made.

What should we wear?

Loose fitting clothing allows for freedom of movements. Shorts can be worn during hot weather, but they increase abrasion risks. Tennis shoes or light hiking boots are the best footwear, and open toed shoes or other unsecured footwear are prohibited. Also, leave all jewelry at home.

Other Workshops

Our typical day on the Challenge Course centers around the experience itself, which is highly successful; however, we've discovered that some groups require more in-depth programming. If your organization has specific goals to accomplish, then a more focused program may be necessary. Teamwork, communication skills, group dynamics, conflict management, and decision-making are just a few of the goals we can address.