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Take on the new High Ropes Challenge Course with your troop or group!
Certified staff will engage your group in problem solving, communication and team building activities on the high ropes course at Camp Whispering Oaks in Julian. As girls test their courage and build confidence in a safe, supportive environment, they'll challenge themselves with team-focused games, complete problem solving initiatives and attempt low and high elements. Girls will tackle the course, cheering on friends and receiving the support of their team. Juniors (4th grade girls) and older are eligible to participate.
Answers to frequently asked questions:
- What is the High Ropes Challenge Course?
Physically, the course is made up of several distinct elements involving cables, logs, platforms, ropes, and objects. The aim of many of the activities is to allow the individual to see themselves and their team as increasingly capable and competent when faced with challenges. Each high ropes session is tailored to the needs of the group participating; however all sessions are designed with close attention to progression. By beginning with ground games and initiatives, groups and individuals feel confident graduating to activities which involve a higher level of challenge. The course offers a chance for participants to share individual successes and setbacks with a supportive team, building self-esteem and group skills along the way.
- Who can participate?
Participants currently in 4th grade or older (Juniors or older) can participate in ground, low-element and select high-element activities. Participants currently in 6th grade (Cadettes) or older can participate in all activities. Girls must officially be Juniors as designated by Girl Scouts USA in order to meet the minimum requirement for the High Ropes Challenge Course. Participants in 3rd grade or below (Brownies or Daisies) may not participate in the High Ropes Challenge Course as recommended by the Safety Activity Checkpoints.
If you have a mixed-age group, the activities will be tailored to the level of the youngest participants. For example, if a troop has mostly Cadettes and one Girl Scout Junior, they will participate only in select high elements. Facilitators will not schedule groups for elements that are not age-appropriate for the entire group.
If anyone in the group requires special accommodations please call us and we can work with you to plan the best High Ropes Challenge Course experience for your entire team.
If you are looking for other teambuilding opportunities for Brownies or older, please see the Adventure Zone page, or contact Lindsay Matteson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 610-0690 for opportunities at the Low Ropes Challenge Course.
- How do I sign up?
To register for a High Ropes Challenge Course Session:
The Confirmation Packet will include: information about the session, directions, what to bring and wear, forms for each participant to complete (Health History, Permission Slip, Participant Release of Liability).
- Contact the Challenge Course Specialist, Lindsay Matteson, at email@example.com or (619) 610-0690 for available dates. If you have specific dates you are interested in, please include them in the email.
- Once your date has been confirmed, the challenge course specialist will send how-to instructions to reserve and pay for the session.
- Once we have received your reservation and payment, you will receive a Confirmation Packet. You will be responsible for the entire contents of the packet.
Please note: In order to engage qualified facilitators, sessions must be booked at least one month in advance.
- When is the High Ropes Challenge Course available?
The High Ropes Challenge Course is available weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for sessions September through May. The course is used only for summer camp programs June through August. Please contact Lindsay Matteson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 610-0690 with your desired date to check availability.
- How long is a session? How much does it cost?
The High Ropes Challenge Course is a progressive experience in which each activity builds on the previous. All participants must commit to the entire designated time period. This gives participants the best leadership and team building opportunities plus new found confidence and team spirit!
4 Hour Session – 4th-12th Grade registered Girl Scout Members.
Includes ground activities, low elements, and high elements.
$260 for the session; maximum of 15 participants.
Session time blocks are generally from 8:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 5:30pm. However, this may vary.
If you would like to customize a session, bring your nonprofit staff, or bring a corporate group to the High Ropes Challenge Course, please contact Lindsay Matteson at email@example.com or (619) 610-0690.
- How many participants can attend at once?
Each session is limited to a maximum of 15 participants. Please contact Lindsay Matteson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 610-0690 for large group reservations.
- What is the minimum number of participants?
There is no minimum number of participants required to reserve a session; however, it is recommended that groups consist of at least 5 participants in order to best make use of the team-focused nature of the course. Please note that the session price remains at $260 even if there are fewer than 15 participants.
- What is the cancellation policy?
Groups can cancel or make changes to their reservation up until 30 days prior to the session. All changes must be received in writing within 30 days prior to the session date.
In the event that weather makes it impossible or unsafe to use the High Ropes Challenge Course (as determined by the facilitators), alternate ground-based teambuilding activities will be provided in an appropriate, covered area. Sessions will be refunded only in the event that the facilitators are unable to provide an alternate teambuilding session.
- Where is the High Ropes Challenge Course?
The High Ropes Challenge Course is located at Camp Whispering Oaks in Julian. Directions are included in the confirmation packet. Please note that it is a 15-20 minute hike to reach the course once you have parked at Camp Whispering Oaks.
- Can encampments participate in the High Ropes Challenge Course?
Yes! Encampment options and prices may vary from the troop information on this page. Please contact Lindsay Matteson at email@example.com or (619) 610-0690 for more information.
- Can corporate or nonprofit groups participate?
Yes! Corporate and nonprofit options and prices may vary from the troop information on this page. Please contact Lindsay Matteson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 610-0690 for more information.
- Who are the facilitators?
The certified facilitators are Girl Scouts staff who have completed a forty-hour training course and participate in ongoing trainings. In order to ensure you the best experience, each facilitator has been chosen for their abilities in working with groups and is skilled in tailoring activities specific for your team's needs.
- Can two troops sign up?
You can sign up as many troops as you like so long as the total number of participants does not exceed 15. Please contact Lindsay Matteson at email@example.com or (619) 610-0690 for large group reservations.
- What do I need to bring the day of the session?
Please bring the completed paperwork as outlined in the Confirmation Packet. You will receive a Confirmation Packet once you register. The paperwork includes a Permission Form, Health History, and the Participant Release of Liability form. If a participant does not have the completed forms, they will not be permitted to participate in the activities.
Snacks are not provided so plan on eating before or after the event. Many troops and groups bring snacks to hand out half way through the session. If you want a snack break during the session, please include that information on the needs assessment form or let the facilitators know the day of the session.
All participants should bring water (refillable water bottles are great!) and sunscreen/sun protection.
- What should I wear?
Participants should wear a comfortable t-shirt, long pants, lace-up/close toed athletic shoes, and a sweatshirt/jacket depending on the weather. Please wear comfortable, flexible clothing that is not too baggy. The weather in the mountains can vary greatly and be unpredictable even on seemingly warm days. Please dress in warm layers and bring a waterproof layer. Participants are required to wear pants and closed toe shoes. Hiking and work-out clothes are perfect! If a participant does not meet the requirements for proper shoes, the facilitators reserve the right not to allow the participant to climb.
- Can a session be tailored to my group?
Each session is individually designed for your specific group! You may have goals in mind, such as working on team communication skills, reducing cliques, encouraging team spirit, or enhancing listening skills. Each group will submit a needs assessment form to the challenge course specialist at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled session. If anyone in the group requires special accommodations please call us and we can work with you to plan the best High Ropes Challenge Course experience for your entire team.
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