Challenge

VAB has one of the East Coast premier pole-based Challenge Courses on 55+ acres of impeccably maintained land. Tucked into the picturesque and tranquil groves of trees are twenty-one low rope elements and thirteen high rope elements, surrounded by open field space used for opening and closing activities, and, large group games. All challenge course activity is in close proximity to the Eagle’s Nest, enhancing the comfort and safety of our participants.

Our qualified facilitators has expertise with all ages and energy levels of participants from ages 8 to 16 years of age and a diverse group of adult participants. We satisfy the intended goals and outcomes for a myriad of groups ranging from youth academic and sports teams to adult social and professional development ventures. Typical one day programs are up to eight hours and may be extended to multiple days including rustic overnights.

What is a Challenge Course?  As defined by Wikipedia, a ropes course is a challenging outdoor and team building activity which usually consists of low and/or high elements. Low elements take place on the ground or only a few feet above the ground. High elements are usually constructed in trees or made of utility poles and require a belay for safety.

Who benefits from the Verdun Challenge Course experience?  Our Staff has expertise with ages and all energy levels of participants ranging from 8 years old to 88 years young!  We meet and exceed the intended goals and outcomes for a myriad of groups ranging from youth academic and sports teams to adult social and professional development ventures.  Typical day programs are four to six hours and may be extended to multiple days which we accommodate with rustic overnights.

Safety.  The physical and emotional security of all participants is the number one responsibility of all Verdun Adventure Bound Staff.  We employ state of the art, industry standard equipment and practices as outlined by the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).  A ‘Challenge by Choice‘ philosophy applies to all Verdun Activities; participants may physically opt out of any activity, at any time, for any reason, but should not check out at a cognitive level.  Even an observer may provide critical perspective to the solutions and support of the group goals.  Participants will always be encouraged to take at least one step farther than they think they can go.

All group members must be actively engaged while any activity is going on.  All attention must be given to those participants who find themselves at risk of falling during an activity.

All activities employed at Verdun Adventure Bound can be presented to address the specific needs and goals of a group.  Typical intended outcomes are improved teamwork, communication, trust and overall positive group dynamics.  Opportunities for individual growth and personal challenge highlighting leadership style, planning, decision making and follow through are built in to each activity.  The sequence of a group through a challenge course experience will be determined by the facilitator based on the unique characteristics of the group’s development towards their goal(s).

Safety School.  This is a sequence of progressive activities designed to teach technical spotting and lifting skills.  In all cases, effective spotting protects the head, neck and back of any individual at risk of falling to the ground.  In all cases, effective lifting employs a spotting stance and a foundation ‘zipper-style’ approach:  group lines up facing each other with fingertips to elbows, palms up and flat with forearms creating a bed of arms, with one person creating a hand pillow for the volunteer to lay the back of their head on. Lift with your legs and not your back.

Safety School can be used to great effect as an ice-breaker and to identify current group dynamics.  It is divided into individual rounds where each round focuses on a new volunteer and must be perfected prior to advancing to the next round.  First half targets spotting, second lifting, and plan for the last two volunteers to represent the final exam.

Low Rope Elements include:

Laser Beams

Do-nut Tree

A-Frames

Skis

All Aboards

Islands

May Pole

Water Wheel

Whale Watch

Team Wall – 11′

Linear Life-Walk

Zig-zag Life-walk

Wild Woozy

Meuse

Birthday Log

Spider Web

Drop Zone

Hoop Swing

Human Ball

Labyrinth

Bull Ring

HIGH ROPE ELEMENTS

**All High Rope activities at Verdun Adventure Bound involve some belay system to protect climbers from falling to the ground.  We use three types depending on the activity;  ATC belay (ATC), Just Right Descender (JR) or, Mule Train (MT).

Climbing Wall 1

Climbing Wall 2

Giant Ladder

Rappelling Wall

Multi-Vine

High Beam

Burma Bridge

2 Ships Passing

Pamper Pole

Leap of Faith

Giant Swing

Flying Squirrel

Zip Wire