One of the top questions we get asked about our ropes program is, “What does it teach?” We have two groups of people that take these courses. The first is birthday parties. These families are looking to have fun. The second is those looking for a team course. Though an obvious side effect of taking a ropes course is fun regardless of age or goal, this second group needs a lesson or a skill to gain.
What is a Ropes Course?
A ropes course is a challenging course created for personal development and team building. In general, you will see both high and low elements for the team or person to navigate and make their way through. Low elements take place on the ground or right above the ground while high elements are in either trees or made of utility poles.
Low elements can be a balance beam, for example, while high elements can be floating poles a story or more in the air. One major difference is that high elements will require a belay for safety. These courses can be found both inside and outside. However, inside courses inside can offer special additions like blacklight parties and birthday parties year-round.
Lessons Learned from a Ropes Course
Taking a ropes course is a unique type of team and personal development course that involve overcoming basic fears and growing over the course of about an hour. Now that we understand the basics let’s go into what you can expect to learn from such a day.
Trust has multiple levels, and just because you say you trust someone, doesn’t mean you do. In the workplace, the level of trust you have with your teammates matters more than many might think. A ropes course lets you develop that trust by giving you an obstacle to overcome that’s completely unrelated to work. In addition, the added challenge that these courses present show you areas where trust might be lacking so that you can focus your attention there.
The Best Leaders are Followers
If you think going to a ropes course is the perfect way to prove you are the best team leader, you will learn the most of anyone there. Going to a ropes course is the perfect way to practice leading by following. The best leaders understand that leadership requires a team and that sometimes the team knows best.
Failing is Okay
If your team never fails at a task, then they are not trying hard enough to expand their horizons. Taking a ropes course shows a team that failing is okay. The important part is learning and doing better the next time. If your team learn that failing is okay, they will take more risks and therefore gain more rewards.
Someone Has To Lead
Teams have set dynamics. However, if you purposely disrupt those dynamics, things can get complicated. For example, try taking a group of team captains to a ropes course, they will learn that not only does someone have to lead; only one person can lead. On the other hand, a group devoid of the normal captain will learn how to “pick up the slack” when he or she is not there.
Last on the list is building focus. Completing a ropes course is a challenging event for adults and children alike. Many are designed to take your teamwork to the next level. However, to get anywhere, you must be able to focus. In the age of technology, this can be a challenge. Taking a ropes course, therefore, can help you in building your focus as well as your reaction time and attention span.
If you are looking for a ropes course in Biose, Idaho then Bodies in Motion is the perfect solution. Our ropes course is great for children, college sports teams, and corporate events. Contact us today to see how we can help you!