You and your group will spend the day getting to know each other and working together to solve problems and face challenges.
Your group’s experience MAY go something like this…
- Before you Arrive: The Needs Assessment
- Beginning your Adventure: The Briefing
- Team Building & Leadership Development: Challenge Course
- Personal Growth: The Tower
- Time for Reflection: The De-Briefing
Our staff will work closely with you in assessing your current team’s level of function within your organization.
We will then recommend selected elements that will best help you and your team achieve the objectives.
Once the training date(s), elements and staff are agreed upon, a Contract of Services will be signed to secure the actual training date(s). Our staff will continue to work closely with you, as the event approaches, to ensure that that all the logistics are in place for your arrival.
You arrive at the entrance to Camp Yale. The road winds about 1/2-mile to the main parking area. From the parking lot, you gaze across one of our picturesque wetlands and cross a footbridge into the gathering area – a large open area that serves as the briefing area, and the dining area (shelter house with picnic tables and cooking grills). Campfire pits are located at the top of the hill, and the Camp Yale offices and shower facilities are nearby.
You are greeted by your facilitator for the day.
Your facilitator then begins your briefing – preparing you for your customized half or full day Camp Yale experience. The focus is team building and leadership development. Your group is about to be immersed in an outdoor learning experience that will awaken your senses and open your eyes and ears to new possibilities.
Following your briefing, you walk from the gathering area down the wooded trail to the first element in the Challenge Course. You are about to learn new things about yourselves and your fellow team members through total immersion in a revealing, challenging – and fun – experience.
The Challenge Course or ROPES Course consists of 20 elements. Your group will experience a subset of these elements.
As you reach each challenge element, your facilitator will present the group with the “scenario” to be solved and “tools” to meet the challenge. However, group members receive no guidance onhow to proceed and must devise their own solution. As a consequence, leadership and teamwork behaviors are revealed and team members can assist each other to improve these behaviors through cooperation. Challenges can only be met through teamwork.
A few of the 20 challenge elements available at Camp Yale include:
Participants learn problem solving and communication while experiencing high frustration
- Incomplete Bridge
- Participants learn to improve their problem solving skills, communication, and idea sharing
- Poison Peanut Butter Pit
- Participants learn problem solving, when to follow when to lead, and material allocation
- Nitro Crossing
- Participants learn material allocation, communication, and physically helping team members
- Australian Trolley
- Participants learn goal setting and when to lead and when to follow
- Spiders Web
- Builds trust, problem solving, communication, and cooperation skills
As some point during you Camp Yale experience, you may have to opportunity to tackle The Tower, which contains three “high” challenge elements:
- The Climbing Tower
- Three sides of the tower are dedicated to rock climbing.
- Participants receive a safety briefing and are fitted with harnesses prior to the 50-foot climb. As you prepare, you are harnessed to a state of the art auto-belay (safety) system. If at any time during the climb you lose your strength, simply step away from the wall and the cable gently lowers you safely back to the ground.
- This is an individual activity designed to build confidence.
- The Zip Line
- You climb the spiral staircase to the top of the tower. Here, you are secured to a specially designed pulley system and harness, which is attached to the zip line cable. When ready, you indicate so to the Tower Facilitator standing next to you. The facilitator then goes through a verbal safety checklist with the Ground Crew, 450-feet down the line, and when both agree it is safe, you launch yourself forward and down the zip line.
- This is truly an exhilarating experience designed to help people overcome their fears or just have a great time.
- The Giant Ladder
- The 4th side of the tower, beneath the zip line launching platform, is the Giant Ladder/Cargo Net.
- This is a facilitated group challenge element, which builds trust. Your group handles the safety rope attached to your harness, as you ascend the 50-foot ladder.
When you’ve completed the major activities for the day, you take the trail that leads back to the gathering area, where the De-Briefing takes place. During the de-briefing, the group discusses the “Take Aways” for the day – what you’ve learned and how you can apply this new knowledge to your personal lives.
Finally, your group may relax and enjoy a tasty meal, sing around the campfire, or just have fun. You leave Camp Yale with a newfound level of confidence and sense of belonging to the team.
We are also pleased to offer professional video services to document your Camp Yale experience.
Our local partner – Uncharted Pixels – can shoot high definition video of your group’s teambuilding sessions and/or training seminars. Uncharted Pixels uses professional quality, high-definition video equipment to shoot your event, professionally edits the content, and provides you with a HD version on DVD for your computer (and storage on your hard drive), and a personal DVD for your use.