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Challenge Course FAQ's


 

Who can participate?

Can I just register myself or do I need to be in a group?

Is it safe?

Do we have to go up high?

What type of program is best for our group?

How much time does it take?

What should we bring and wear?

How many people do I need?

How much does it cost?

What is your policy in event of bad weather?

What if I am out of shape?

How do we get to the Course?

How do I sign up?

 

Who can participate?

The Challenge Course consists of low and high elements designed to help develop team-building and leadership skills with any group. There are a variety of activities available; programmed to suit your group’s needs.
The minimum group size is 6 persons. We can accommodate groups as large as 32 individuals on the high elements, and groups up to 50 on the low elements. Larger groups can always be handled in shifts. Programming is designed for persons 14 years of age or older. We welcome persons with all abilities. Please inquire about the availability of accommodations for persons with special needs. Also, we operate using "Challenge by Choice" as our guiding principle. Participants will never be forced or coerced to do something they are not comfortable doing. 
All MSU and non-MSU groups are welcome.

Can I just register myself or do I need to be in a group?

Usually, you will need to be a part of a group that reserves the course ahead of time. However, there are several opportunities each year during special events when you can experience high ropes activities without your own group. You may also form your own group with friends to participate in low and high challenge activities. Make sure to check out our event calendar for more information.

Is it safe?

Safety is emphasized from the start to the conclusion of your program, and must be a priority for everyone on the course. Instructors and participants both have a role in making the day successful and safe, both on the ground and up on the high course. Course elements are inspected and maintained on a regular basis, in accordance with ACCT standards.

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Do we have to go up high?

The foundation of the adventure/teambuilding experience is based on a group contract focusing on providing a safe environment and developing the concept of individual choice. Each participant chooses his or her own roles and levels of participation during each and every activity. There are plenty of ways to participate in our challenge course programs. Even if you were to choose not to go up on the high course there are many important support roles which assist the group in having the best experience possible.

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What type of program is best for our group?

When you complete the intake form, we use your responses to determine what kind of activities will be most useful in accomplishing your group's goals.

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How much time does it take?

The amount of time spent on the challenge course will be determined by the goals of the group. Programs can be as short as 2 hours and as long as 8 hours. This will be determined at the time the reservation is made.

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What should we bring and wear?

Many of our Challenge Course programs are conducted outdoors. Please prepare for the outdoors during your time at the course. Sunscreen, closed-toe athletic shoes, and comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather are recommended. Loose fitting pants or shorts that allow for a full range of motion are best for both high and low elements.
It would be prudent to check the weather the night before your reservation. You may need sunscreen; sunglasses, a hat and/or you may need to bring an extra layer. Bringing a water bottle is highly recommended. Because we will be active outside, please leave all valuables at home or secured in vehicles. Cell phones and wallets may be placed in a secure building and will be returned at the end of the day. You are welcome to bring your camera.

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How many people do I need?

We need a minimum of six people to meet the safety requirements for most activities. If less than six people show up, we may cancel your contract. In order to cover facilitator costs, a minimum fee equal to the price of eight (8) participants is required.
We can comfortably accommodate 32 participants on the challenge course. Groups larger than 32 individuals may be accommodated in shifts.

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How much does it cost?

The cost for a Challenge Program varies depending on the size and type of your group, the length of the activity and levels of participation. Please contact the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for further information. Payment for a minimum of 8 participants is required.

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What is your policy in event of bad weather?

Our staff is willing to work in a variety of weather situations, keeping your group's comfort level in mind. If weather conditions become unsafe, we will be forced to cancel the scheduled program. For example, we do not work during thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings, hail or lightning. Depending on programming, heavy rain, high winds, or extreme heat may make it unsafe to continue. If adverse weather warrants, we may have the option to move indoors for (part of) the day. In case of inclement weather, we may reschedule part of your day, or provide you with a refund of (a portion of) your program fees.

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What if I am out of shape?

All challenge activities are adaptable to diverse physical abilities. The principles of challenge-by-choice are based on a group contract focusing on providing a safe environment and developing the concept of individual choice. Challenge Programs are custom designed to meet your specific needs and goals.

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How do we get to the Course?

The Challenge Course is located on the main campus of Morehead State University in front of the Recreation and Wellness Center at 100 Evans Branch, Morehead, KY 40351.

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How do I sign up?

You may complete the reservation request form (see forms page) electronically or print it out and send it in. The request form should be submitted at least 30 days prior to your requested date. Please be aware that dates may book up to six months in advance. You may also contact Pat Langendorfer, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator at 606-783-5316. 

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Fall 2014 Hours

 
 
Facility
 
Natatorium
 
Mon/Wed 6am-11pm
10am-2pm
4-8pm
Tues/Thur 6am-11pm

6-8:30am
10am-2pm
4-8pm
Friday 6am-9pm
10am-2pm
4-8pm

Saturday

9am-8pm

10am-2pm

Sunday

2-11pm

4-8pm

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