Adventure Ropes

Personal Growth & Team Skills
| 4th Grade - Adult
| Half Day 3 hrs
| Moderate


Each of the two Wolf Ridge adventure ropes courses (Skyview and Ridgetop) consist of six events separated by towers, roughly 25-30 feet off the ground. Students will traverse the course while attached to safety lines. Students can use their ropes course experiences as metaphors for their everyday lives.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To conduct the ropes course, Wolf Ridge requires one trained instructor and three additional adult supervisors (18 years or older).


Class Outline

I. Introduction

A. Greeting/Grabber

B. Learn Names

C. Behavior Guidelines

D. Class Overview

E. Assess Learner Level

II. Responsibilities 

A. Instructor Responsibilities

B. Adult Supervisor Roles

C. Ground Partner

III. Protocols & Demonstrations 

A. Course Construction

B. Harnesses

C. Ponytails

D. Course Demonstration

IV. Ropes Course Experiences 

A. Getting Started

B. Encouragement

C. Hesitant Students

D. Help From an Adult

V. Conclusion 

A. Review

B. Processing the Experience

C. Return to Wolf Ridge

Concepts and Outcomes


• Learning to deal with emotions builds self esteem and confidence.

• Courage, trustworthiness and initiative are desirable personal qualities.

• Problem solving, decision making and risk assessment are skills which empower us to reach our goals.

• A positive attitude improves the chances for success.

• Challenges provide opportunities for learning and growth.

• Understanding and respecting others enables a people to work together effectively as a community.



Upon completion of the Adventure Ropes class students will be able to:

              1. Recognize personal strengths and abilities.
              2. Encourage and help others.
              3. Accept and confront some fears.
              4. List personal qualities which contributed to personal successes, as well as the successes of others.
              5. Experience individual and group trust.
              6. Apply their ropes course experiences to their everyday lives.

Standards Supported



Extension Activities

Writing Prompts

Think about a time when you have felt overwhelmed.  How did you overcome this feeling to conquer a task?

What helps you to overcome challenges in your life?

What helped you or others to complete the ropes course?  How can you apply this to life?



Wolf Ridge ascribes to the ropes course and rock climbing wall standards of the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA), and the Climbing Wall Association (CWA). Wolf Ridge has been a member of the ACCT since the association’s inception and also has staff on the 12-person Consensus Body of the PRCA, developing a set of national ropes course accreditation standards with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).