UREC Challenge Program

About the UREC Challenge Program

The UREC Challenge Program is a tool that can be used to help your group, team, organization, or office more effectively reach your goals. In challenge programs, focus can be placed on a number of different topics including: goal setting, problem solving, collaboration, trust, self-confidence, dealing with conflict, decision making, effective communication, and socialization. All programs are actively facilitated, and combines mentally and physically challenging activities with reflective debriefs to open the door to discovery and understanding.

  • Low Elements: Islands, Swinging Vine, Triangle Tension Traverse, Wild Woozy, T.P. Shuffle, All Aboard, Circular Whale Watch, Spider’s Web and Team Wall
  • High Elements: Cargo Net Challenge, Swinging Vines, Pirates Crossing, Hour Glass, Swinging Bridges and two Tandem Hydraulic Ziplines

Tailored to your needs

All groups and teams are inherently different, and as such so is each challenge program! UREC Adventure staff will work with you to determine what will best serve your group based upon your desired outcomes.

Challenge programs can range from a short, two hour team building session in a conference room up to a full day experience utilizing the low and high course elements located next to the UREC. The focus of the program and the challenge level is completely up to you!

The first step in booking your challenge program is to fill out an inquiry & group assessment form.  This form provides us some background on your group, you desired goals/outcomes, group size, and requested dates. The Inquiry & Group Assessment form can be found in the right hand margin of this page!


Types of programs

Portable programs are ideal for groups, teams, organizations, or offices that want to have an experience, but aren’t able to travel. Portable programs can focus on topics such as socialization, goal setting, collaboration, trust, conflict resolution, and communication. Portable programs can typically last between one and two hours.

Low challenge course programs are the ideal program for groups looking to focus on socialization, group cohesion, goal setting, trust, conflict resolution, trust, collaboration, and effective communication. Groups will be challenged with a mix of activities conducted with props, and fixed elements located at the UREC Challenge Course, located right across the street from the UREC. Low challenge course programs can last anywhere from one to two hours, and are often conducted in conjunction with the high challenge course.

High challenge course programs are excellent for groups that are looking to focus on further group development, and push their members personally! The high challenge course consists of four elements, a cargo net climb, and a zipline ride. High course programs can stand alone as a way to help a group bond together, or be done in conjunction with a low ropes program. Completion time for the high course is variable based on group size, but typically 10 people an hour can utilize the course.

Looking for team building that is a little less conventional? Adventure Education is happy to work with you to plan a group event that involves private overnight or extended trips, service learning opportunities, or half/full day excursions around Baton Rouge. Please contact Alex Hileman, Coordinator of Adventured Education, at hileman1@lsu.edu for more information, to discuss your organization’s needs.


Challenge by Choice & Safety

All programming provided by UREC’s Adventure Education operate under the principle of challenge by choice. This principle helps to establish communication and understanding through which participants are encourage to try new things and push their personal boundaries, while still letting each group member choose their specific level of involvement. Through this philosophy, success can be found through a group’s cohesiveness rather than individual strengths or accomplishments.

In addition to challenge by choice, safety is a top priority during all challenge programs. Adventure Education staff are trained to present activities with multiple levels of physical and emotional involvement and monitor participant safety throughout. If at any point an Adventure Education staff find any indication of an unsafe environment, they will stop action and accommodate accordingly.

LOCATION The UREC Challenge Course is located directly across from the Student Recreation Center.