St. Louis County Parks Team Building Programs
Team Challenge Course
What is a Team Challenge Course?
The Team Challenge Course is a series of elements constructed of logs, cables, ropes, and trees. Facilitators guide groups through icebreakers, games, and problem solving activities. What a facilitator addresses and how he or she does it is directly related to group goals, and the needs and abilities of the group.
How does this program work?
The Team Challenge Course experience is a flexible, dynamic process with a multitude of applications and outcomes for each group and each group member. The most basic explanation: the facilitator sets up the activity and guidelines; the group attempts the activity; and then the facilitator leads a post activity discussion to process group actions.
What is an Alpine Tower?
The Alpine Tower, a 50 foot tall structure, is designed to present the same challenges as rock climbing and high ropes course elements. This structure provides many routes and difficulty options, allowing for hours of fun and excitement.The Alpine Tower experience also addresses the same objectives as found on the Team Challenge Course, such as confidence, trust, support, and teamwork.
What will my group get out of this?
There are many benefits from this type of programming. Our main goal for the groups we facilitate is a FUN and ENJOYABLE experience! Groups also enjoy a unique team building experience in an outdoor setting. Facilitators can work with groups to address many things, such as: team building; group cohesion; trust; support; communication; judgment; decision making; sense of personal confidence; physical agility and coordination, to name a few.
Who uses this resource?
All types of groups can and do benefit from these types of activities. Such as new groups and intact groups… young, old and mixed age groups… mixed ability groups… social groups, and professional groups. This list could go on and on! These resources can be used to facilitate just about any type of group out there.
Will people be forced to do things they don’t feel comfortable doing?
A philosophy of “challenge by choice” is used with these programs. With the challenge by choice standard, no one is ever forced to do anything they do not want to do. Although participants are strongly encouraged to step out of their comfort zone, physical and emotional safety is the number one priority.
Are there age restrictions for these activities?
Yes. The minimum age for participation on the Team Challenge Course is 11 years old. The minimum age for participation on the Alpine Tower is 9 years old. For participation on the Alpine Tower, appropriate fit of the equipment for a safe experience is the primary concern regardless of age.
How do I make a reservation?
To reserve a date or for more information, please contact Michael Haynes at the Affton White-Rodgers Community Center at 314-615-8820 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There are limited reservation dates available from mid-March through October. Each request must be handled on a first-come first-served basis as dictated by facilitator and facility availability. Programs typically run from 9 AM-2 PM (5 hours).
A deposit of $300 per day is due upon reservation with the remaining balance due 2 weeks prior to your program date. Cancellations are assessed a fee up to 2 weeks prior to your program. There are no refunds if you cancel your programs after 2 weeks prior to your program unless the program is cancelled by St. Louis County Parks staff.
Become a Team Building Instructor
To become an Team Challenge Course or Alpine Tower instructor, you must be certified by the YMCA of the Ozarks. Groups providing their own certified instructors must obtain a certificate of liability insurance in the amount of $2,500,000 naming St. Louis County as additionally insured for the duration of your program.
The fee for renting the Alpine Tower to run your own program is $75/day. The fee for renting the Team Challenge Course is $25/day. Two certified instructors are required to rent the Alpine Tower and one certified instructor is required to rent the Team Challenge Course. The courses may be reserved from 8 AM to 1/2 hour past sunset.