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Ropes courses are engineered structures built for humans to engage our climbing instincts and practice self-challenge and cooperative skills. They typically involve small groups of participants over an intense period of hours or days. Activities which increase in difficulty challenge participants' physical, emotional, social, and intellectual capabilities. Ropes courses inherently offer obstacles for participants to overcome and thus build participants' confidence. Likewise, the success of a group in meeting the challenge of a low ropes course depends on individuals' ability to work together and support one another, underscoring how working together helps us accomplish great things.
While not every camp can meet every inclusion need, many low ropes course elements can be adapted to accommodate many different abilities by using additional spotters, making minor adjustments to the ropes structure, or using special equipment. Before booking a ropes course event, cfind out what accommodations they can provide for any participants with mobility or other limitations who might be part of your group.
Fear of heights is a very common phobia. A low ropes course, which relies primarily on group cooperation to achieve success, may be preferable to a more physically demanding, more challenging, and more individually thrilling high ropes course for a group experience safe and accessible for all.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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