The Team Building and Low Challenge Course structures are used as tools to present a specific problem to an individual or group to overcome. When presented with the problem, the individual or group must follow specific rules (safety rules and rules of the challenge) to overcome the problem. Each challenge draws on every team member's contributions—their ideas, their support, and their efforts. The course is strategically structured so that the activities gradually increase in level of difficulty. It is in this way that the team continually extends its aspirations and reach.
Course activities are run by a trained facilitator. The facilitator is trained in the safety management aspect of the ropes course, and also has experience with typical responses and outcomes from the participants. The facilitatorwill hold a debrief session at the end of each activity.
The Importance of the Debrief Session
The effectiveness of any element lies with the ability to clearly present the goal of the activity and effectively debrief how the group functioned in the initiative attempt. The facilitator brings the group together after the activity to discuss the process. In other words, the elements are tools that the facilitator uses to bring the individual/group to teachable moments. The elements are an intense situation that quickly breaks down inhibitions and creates an accelerated and positive learning environment. The debrief brings the issues to relevance.