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Adventure education and challenge course management

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Warren Wilson College’s Outdoor Leadership (ODL) classes Initiatives for Adventure Education, taught by Jill Overholt, and Challenge Course Management, taught by Ed Raiola, worked together to create and implement an adventure education field trip for the sixth grade classes at nearby Art Space Charter School. The sixth graders visited campus to participate in a session of games and initiatives and to climb the Alpine Tower. All activities were planned and facilitated by Warren Wilson College students, who were able to gain first-hand experience working with this population. Each visiting class was split into two groups, with one group visiting the tower and the other doing team building activities on the soccer fields before switching places.

Students enroll in Initiatives for Adventure Education before Challenge Course Management. The former course covers the basics of facilitation and working with groups, laying the the foundation for the Challenge Course Management course, which focuses on the operation of the alpine tower and low ropes course. In order to emphasize this progression, the Challenge Course class facilitates an alpine tower experience for the Initiatives class. This allowed the Challenge Course students to practice their newly learned skills, while giving the Initiatives students a taste of what is to come if they continue with classes in the ODL major.



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