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The Utah State University Challenge Course provides a fun, educational approach to learning principles and applying these principles to a wide variety of real world situations in both your personal and professional lives. Programs are designed to create strong, cohesive teams and develop the skills necessary for success in any organization. Experience the unique learning atmosphere the USU Challenge Course can offer your organization!

Mission

Improve communication, leadership and teamwork skills through challenging and experiential activities.

History

In 1999, Dr. Frank White, a USU professor, approached the USU Conference Services Department about collaborating on the construction of a high ropes course at Utah State University. The goal was to build a facility and develop programming for hands-on experiential education opportunities for students and conference participants.

The USU Challenge Course was constructed in 1999 and named after the Greater Rockies Initiative Program (GRIP). The GRIP program was managed by USU Conference Services for many years. After its first few years, GRIP was rebranded as the USU Ropes Course, and in 2016 it was again rebranded to its current title, the USU Challenge Course. In 2019, the USU Challenge Course transferred departments and is now housed within the Department of Campus Recreation.

The outdoor Challenge Course is operational Monday through Saturday from mid-April through October. The Challenge Course team also offers special programming and initiatives that can be conducted indoors any time of year. Annually, the Challenge Course facilitates approximately 100 different groups from corporate and youth groups to sports teams and family reunions among others.

The Challenge Course provides a fun, educational approach to learning and applying real-world principles. Programs are designed to create strong cohesive teams and develop the skills necessary for success in any organization. Experience the unique learning atmosphere a Challenge Course can offer your organization!

Ground Initiatives/Portable Elements

Activities that allow for flexibility in where the training is held. Offsite programs can travel to an offsite location and are not influenced by weather condition and/or group transportation to the USU Challenge Course.

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The Cube
 
 
Your entire team must travel through the multidimensional cube. Each individual in your team must take a unique path through the cube from one side to the other. No two people may pass through the cube (in the cube and out of the cube) in an identical fashion.
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Traffic Jam
 
 
The team must strategically move to solve this human chess problem that has the left side switch places with the right side. Participants may only move one carpet tile at a time, move into an empty space and only travel forward.
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Channels
 
 
This high energy activity has team members working together using plastic channels to move a tiny ball from one location to another without dropping the ball. The ball can only roll forward and may never touch the ground.
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Nuclear Core
 
 
Working as a team you need to be able to remove the tire from the 8 foot pole without the tire or you touching the pole.
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Helium Stick
 
 
This magical lightweight pole must be put on the ground in an even and balanced position. No group member's fingers are allowed to release contact with the Helium Stick.
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Giant Tangram
 
 
This extra-large version of a classic mental problem, is a great activity for small and large groups.

Low Elements

Activities up to 18 inches off the ground that can be more physically challenging. The low elements require communication, trust, group effort, and cooperation.

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Giant's Finger
 
 
Taking the ring off the Giant's Finger will take teamwork, planning and quiet communication so you don't wake the Giant!
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Whale Watch
 
 
This Whale Watch event challenges participants to carefully maintain balance as their team shifts responsibilities (moves) from one side of the giant teeter totter to the other side. If either end of the platform touches the ground, the group must revisit the plan and try again. Multiple variations exist for this element, each providing different set of problems, solutions and strategies for success.
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Spider Web
 
 
Participants must work together as a team to get everyone through this giant spider's web. The Spider Web challenges participants to carefully move their team from one side of the web to the other side without touching the webbing. Consequences are applied when participants accidentally cross the line, or overstep their boundaries while trying to be successful.
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Alligator Pit
 
 
Participants must discover how to traverse across this open area using only themselves and a few limited resources.
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Diamond Shuffle
 
 
Four beams, two feet off the ground, forming a diamond shape. Objective to organize themselves correctly without touching the ground, or they have to restart.
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Mountain Tops
 
 
A team is given two boards to cross from one end of six platforms to the other end. Neither the boards nor anyone can touch the ground. The activity begins by getting team members from the first platform to the next and continuing the task to get everyone to the last platform.
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Ants on Log
 
 
This is a simple event where everyone stands on a long log and will have to reorganize themselves according to various rules given.
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One-Rope Bridge
 
 
Traverse your group from one side to the other, using only one rope. Teamwork, problem-solving, and trial and error makes this possible!

 

High Elements

Activities ranging from 15-50 feet off the ground and are considered high adventure activities. High elements focus more on individual accomplishments that require team support. All high elements require participants to wear harnesses and helmets.

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Wobbly Log
 
 
Working with a partner, you ascent the pole to walk on a swinging log, suspended 20-feet from the ground, to meet your partner in the middle, pass them and reach the opposite side!
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Climbing Tower
 
 
Our 50-foot climbing wall, with routes for all different climbing abilities, will challenge anyone to push themselves further to be able to reach the top!
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Team Wall
 
 
Get your entire team up and over the wall using nothing but each other!
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Raiders Bridge
 
 
Partner event, where they start on opposite sides, one walking on two cables, and the other walking on slats. The objective is to meet in the middle and transition to the other side.
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Giant Swing
 
 
Sometimes, to be able to accomplish your goal, you need to leave allow others to assist you in your potential!
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Zip Line
 
 
Our 380-foot Zip Line from the top of the tower will get the thrill seeker in you going!
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The Ring
 
 
Leap from a platform and try to grab an 8 inch brass ring. If you grasp it and pull it from the buoy, you get to keep it! Do not let the 35 foot climb to the top of the tower stop you!
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Squeezy Cheeks
 
 
By yourself walk across the cable, balancing with only a loose hanging rope 20-feet above the ground!
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Flying Squirrel
 
 
One-participant from the group is in a full-body harness. A pulley-system is pulled by the group, pulling the participant 30 feet into the air.
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Flying M
 
 
Working with your partner, you both will from one side of this high event to the other. Utilizing the obstacles to your advantage to reach the other side!
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Giant's Ladder
 
 
In two or three person event, working with each other you ascend this ladder-type event to be able to stand on the top rung, over 40-feet in the air!
 

Leadership Program

The Engaged Leader Workshop is designed to instruct participants in recognizing different learning styles and expanding their leadership skills while cultivating increased trust levels.

Participants will expand their leadership knowledge and increase personal communication skills.

About the Workshop
Designed as an exciting action-packed workshop that gets you out of your seat and actively participating in your own learning. This experience will help any manager, leader, or team member take steps towards greater cohesiveness, understanding, and communication within their teams. Using powerful exercises, participants will make significant progress in understanding others learning styles while being able to select appropriate leadership styles to increase overall productivity with their teams. The workshop is designed to be held in a half day, but can be made to a full day session.

What You Will Learn

  • Analyze characteristics of managers and leaders
  • Identify individual learning styles
  • Learn the types of leadership styles
  • Move your management team from ordinary to extraordinary
  • Develop a personal action plan

Who Should Attend

  • Supervisors
  • Managers at any level
  • Team Leaders
  • Project Leaders
  • Middle Level Executive
  • Anyone Seeking Leadership Growth

Program Outcomes
The Engaged Leader Workshop can be customized to your groups needs and expectations. Classroom instruction is combined with time for discussion and experience-based training and development activities that take you from ordinary to extraordinary management.

Each individual will be able to evaluate his/her role as a manager/leader, while gaining new insight through group discussion and exercise.

Team Building Program

If you are unable to come to us, let us come to you with our portable teambuilding trainings. We are able to customize a 2-4 hour or multiple day program that meets your team's needs. Many of our portable events can be done in the office or outside on the lawn or nearby field. Wherever the location–we'll come to you. We've brought our program to every corner of Utah and in between.

Let us help you set up your next team training.

Adventure

VENTURE OUT at the USU Challenge Course


Scheduled Adventure Programs

  • Dates to be determined for Spring 2019.

Bring a friend, a date, or gather your own group of 10 or more friends and we'll schedule any date and time that works best for you - May through October.

Enjoy two exciting hours on the course! You'll experience both low and high activities.

  • Zip Line
  • Giant Swing
  • Climbing Tower
  • And More!

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel, you must call 435-797-5361 by 1:00 PM the day of your event in order to receive a refund less a $10 processing fee. Substitutions are always welcome. We reserve the right to cancel any program due to insufficient enrollment and limit our liability to registration refunds only.

Special Needs
Fourteen working days notice is needed to prepare materials and services. Please call 435-797-5361 at least fourteen working days prior to your event to notify us of any special needs.

GPS Program

Enjoy a fun-filled evening exploring the USU Campus with a GPS unit and a digital camera. Take lots of fun photos and we'll send them to you afterward. End your night with Aggie Ice Cream on us!

Available Dates
*Registration is limited to 20 people for each session - Register early!
Or gather your own group of 6 or more friends and we'll schedule any date and time that works best for you.

Call us at 435-797-5361 to schedule your program today.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel, you must call 435-797-5361 by 1:00 PM the day of your event in order to receive a refund less a $10 processing fee. Substitutions are always welcome. We reserve the right to cancel any program due to insufficient enrollment and limit our liability to registration refunds only.

Special Needs
Fourteen working days notice is needed to prepare materials and services. Please call 435-797-5361 at least fourteen working days prior to your event to notify us of any special needs.

Challenge Course

 

2-hour Initiatives & Low Events

3-hour Initiatives, Low & One High Events

4-hour Initiatives, low and high Events

6-hour Initiavtices, Low, & High Events


Adventure Nights

On-Campus Groups

$10

$15

$20

$25

$10

Non-Profit & groups under 18

$15

$20

$25

$30

$15

Professional Organization

$25

$30

$35

$40

$25

 

Alternate Campus Location

 

2-hours Teambuilding Initiatives

3-hours Teambuilding Initiatives

On-Campus Groups

$10

$15

Non-Profit & groups under 18

$15

$20

Professional Organization

$25

$30

 

Off-Site Location (Hosted at Client's Location*)

 

2-hours Teambuilding Initiatives

3-hours Teambuilding Initiatives

Non-Profit & groups under 18

$25

$30

Professional Organizations

$35

$40

All rates are per person within each category.

 * University approved mileage of $.485 per mile and vehicle rental (if needed) will be included in the charge. Staffing rate of $15 per hour (including travel time).

RESERVATION REQUEST FORM

The USU Challenge Course is an incredible experience for youth and adult groups, teams, programs, and organizations. Let's schedule your event today!

Please fill out the form below and one of our representatives will contact you to discuss your needs.

USU Challenge Course Form

* Items with asterisks are required fields.

 

 

Planning Packet & Forms

Planning Packet

Adult Consent Form

Minor Consent Form

FAQ

The USU Challenge Course (also called a ropes course, confidence course, or COPE course) offers a variety of experiential learning activities for organized groups to help improve basic life-skills as well as teambuilding skills. Events are available for scheduled groups only. It is not normally open for individuals to walk in and participate, with the exception of a few summer nights when we will offer "Adventure Nights" that are open to individuals.

The course offers three different components:

  • Ground Initiatives – Problem-solving activities located on the ground. They require brainstorming, problem solving and teamwork.
  • Low Elements – Activities up to 18 inches off the ground that can be more physically challenging. The low elements require communication, trust, group effort, and cooperation.
  • High Elements – Activities ranging from 15-50 feet off the ground and are considered high adventure activities. High elements focus more on individual accomplishments that require team support. All high elements require participants to wear harnesses and helmets.

The USU Challenge Course is managed by the Department of Campus Recreation at Utah State University. The Challenge Course Manager is certified as a Challenge Course Manager and a Level II Facilitator, and all of the Challenge Course Facilitators are certified as Level I Facilitators through Synergo, an accredited Professional Vendor Member (PVM) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).


  • Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Outdoor Course Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, or dusk, Monday through Saturday. Groups are accommodated on the course from mid-April through October each year.
  • Portable Activities: Team building activities are available any time of year and can be held at an indoor location on the USU Logan Campus or any location the group prefers.

We close the outdoor course during the winter months. However, our portable, indoor programs are available year round at any location.


The group sizes vary depending on the program you would like to participate in. All programs require a minimum of 10 people, with a maximum of 500.


We encourage any organized groups to attend the Challenge Course. The following various groups have participated: corporate administrators, work groups, school groups, university groups, sport teams, youth groups, church groups and family groups. We design custom programs to meet the goals and objectives set by the leaders of each group.


The experiential education at the Challenge Course can be physically challenging, but you do not need to be in top physical shape to participate. Please inform the Challenge Course Coordinator if you or any participants have any medical/physical restrictions before participating in the Challenge Course activities.


We recommend participants be age 12 or older. Those under age 18 must complete an "Informed Consent Form for Minors" and have it signed by his or her parent or legal guardian. These forms are due on the day of the program and must be turned in to be allowed on the course. Please contact us with questions about groups with younger participants.


Yes, the USU Challenge Course meets all the standards of the Association Challenge Technology (ACCT). The course is inspected and approved every year by Synergo, an accredited Professional Vender Member (PVM) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). 


Call 435-797-5361 to schedule your Challenge Course Event or email challengecourse@usu.edu.


A contract and Group Planning Packet will be sent to the leader. In the Planning Packet is a "Goals and Objectives Worksheet." Return the signed contract and the completed Goals and Objectives Worksheet to us via email at challengecourse@usu.edu

Also in the Planning Packet you will find:

  • "Informed Consent Forms" for adult participants and minor participants. Each participant is required to bring a signed Informed Consent Form with them on the day of the course.
  • Driving directions and map.

Wear comfortable clothing you can move around in. Closed-toe shoes with rubber soles such as athletic shoes are recommended. Loose, comfortable, casual clothing that covers you and allows you to moved around. T-shirts, long pants or long shorts are all great choices. Be mindful of the wather as you may need to bring rain gear if it looks like it may rain.


  • Bring: weather-appropriate items, jacket, sunscreen, water bottle, sunglasses, a hat, a camera/cell phone and a good attitude toward having some fun and learning something new.
  • Do not bring: gum, candy, jewelry and valuables. Rings, necklaces and earrings can be lost, broken and/or pose a hazard to you or a fellow participant.

Yes, there is a portable restroom on site.