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I’m back!

This is a long overdue post, but it has been a crazy fall season. This past week had me on the road – first stop was a trainer certification workshop thru the Professional Ropes Course Association, immediately followed by a few days at Scioto Hills Camp, where I presented challenge course-related workshops for the National Association of Regular Baptist Camps conference being held there. A great road trip, connecting with old friends, meeting new ones, and talking ropes. Doesn't get much better… but it is beaten by getting back home to my family. ­čÖé


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It Begins…

Tomorrow marks the start of our fall outdoor education program. Thousands of school students will visit our grounds over the next 8 weeks, riding the zipline, trying the climbing tower, problem-solving on our low ropes courses. Here's to a safe & enjoyable season!


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What’s Wrong with Thrill Rides?

Over the years, I've heard various thoughts, opinions, etc. regarding how different adventure activities are regarded. “That's nothing more than a thrill ride.” “Don't expect any meaningful outcomes from that.” “Now, THAT'S experiential learning at its best!” I even read an article recently that tossed ALL ropes course experiences into the purely “thrill” pile (yeah, that wasn't a biased article!)


I've been involved in adventure-based programming for close to 20 years. I'll even admit at one time being guilty of experiential “snobbery,” thumbing my nose at the “thrill rides” in favor for activities “where the real growth occurs.”

That was, until I helped run a zipline at a colleague's facility. One day, face to face with dozens of participants working through their own personal challenges, and I was sold. I had to get a zipline for my camp. In 2013, my wish came true, and our zipline sent over 20,000 zips our first year!

In my opinion, it's not so much the activity itself, but how you facilitate it. If my client is looking for an exciting, recreational experience, what's wrong in providing it? If the client is looking for something deeper, my instructors can be intentional in looking for ways to tie in their experience with their stated goals. Regardless of client goals, my instructors are trained facilitators, have an understanding of Challenge by Choice®, and are intentional in the delivery of our various programs.

“Challenge by Choice” is a Registered Trademark of Project Adventure.

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What a great time at the Christian Camp & Conference Association’s 2015 Wisconsin Sectional, hosted by Honey Rock. I had the opportunity to share a bit about challenge course risk management to a number of camping professionals.

As I creep toward 50 years of age, I still can’t believe I do what I do for a career. Besides enjoying the job for myself, I get to impart lessons learned over nearly 20 years in camping ministry. Way cool!

Even more cool? I get to experience this journey alongside some of the most awesome & unique individuals, all with passions to serve God & impact lives in eternal ways utilizing the wonders of creation.

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