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Challenge Course and Climbing Events



Our council has two Challenge Courses, one each at S bar F Scout Ranch and Beaumont Scout Reservation. The Challenge Course is a Boy Scouts of America program for youths and adults that includes a series of outdoor challenges -- beginning with basic group initiative games and progressing to more complicated low-course and high-course activities.  Some of these events involve a group effort while others test individual skills and agility.  Participants climb, swing, balance, jump and think through solutions to a variety of challenges.  Most participants find that they can do much more than they initially thought they could. 
There are eight major goals of the Challenge Course:
  1. Leadership development
  2. Problem solving
  3. Communication
  4. Self-esteem
  5. Trust
  6. Decision-making
  7. Teamwork
  8. Have FUN!
These low courses and exciting high courses are a team-building and self-esteem boost! 
The low course consists of group initiative games and events, which help participants learn to work together using communication and trust to achieve their goals.  While individual coordination and strength are helpful, participants accomplish the low-course events with the support and combined efforts of their team.
The high course is an individual exercise and builds self-esteem. It is conducted 30 feet in the trees and allows the participant to challenge him/herself to become more aware of individual strengths and limitations. Every participant on the course wears a harness connected to a safety line.
Our Challenge Courses provide an opportunity for each participant to achieve success as an individual and as a member of a patrol or team.  The events are not designed to be competitive or to be races against time.  The more important objectives include building confidence, developing leadership skills and attaining a sense of common cooperation among team members.  The courses are designed to build more self-confidence in a shorter length of time than anything most people have ever experienced.
Your unit provides the trained  Challenge Course Instructors for each group of 13 maximum. Two trained leaders are required to lead the group.  See the Challenge Course Instructor Training brochure and Challenge Course Reservation Instructions for more detailed information.
Overcoming fear, instilling confidence, peering over the edge or staring up the cliffs of Freedom, Ranger Falls, Collarbone or Baby Snake at S bar F Scout Ranch or the dramatic sculpted cliffs of Giant City State Park near Pine Ridge Scout Camp in Southern Illinois is a highlight for many troops, crews and posts. Camping sites are available on top of cliffs along the Little St. Francis River or near Castle Rock at S bar F. Camping at Pine Ridge Scout Camp is just a few minutes away from Giant City State Park.
Climbing equipment is available for units with trained rock-climbing instructors at both facilities. S bar F has two sets of equipment for each day and Pine Ridge has one set of equipment; fee is $60 per day per set of equipment. See the Rock Climbing Instructor Training brochure and Rock Climbing Reservation Instructions for more detailed information.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to climb to the top of a mountain, or rappel down a rope from the heights of treetops? The skills that you will learn here are the basics that every expert climber had to master when they first started to climb and rappel. Towers are available to Scouts, Venturers and Explorers at Beaumont Scout Reservation and Camp Lewallen. The Beaumont tower is also lit for night climbing and is available for evenings during the week and weekend. The troop, crew or post provides its own certified Climbing Instructors.
Use fee is $40 per session. All tower participants and group leaders must follow safety guidelines presented by your climbing directors and instructors.
New patches and pin for Challenge Courses and Climbing
The new patches shown above have been available to units for some time and cost $3. For those who are repeat participants at a Challenge Course or Climbing and don’t need another patch we now have a pin that can be given to recognize their participation. The pin is shaped like a carabiner and can also be used as a hat pin, cost is $2.75. A sample of the patches and pin is displayed in the equipment lockers of all the Challenge Courses and Climbing programs except for the climbing towers.