The High Desert Challenge Course is a part of the OSU Extension Service in Deschutes County, providing guided adventure exploration and experiential learning to members of our community. The HDCC enables participants to set achievable goals, focus on solutions, and learn new strategies to problem solve and push past personal limits. We work with youth, teens, families, adults, schools, non-profits and corporate groups at our course, which is located outdoors near the OSU Extension Service on the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. The HDCC is 30' tall, and has a Catwalk, Burma ridge, Multivine, Two Line bridge, Charlie Chaplin, Railroad, and a zip line. While all challenge course elements have a certain amount of perceived risk, physical and emotional safety is always our top priority.
What's a typical session at the HDCC like? A typical day starts with introductions, name games, a health check, stretches, icebreakers, and energizers to prepare groups to engage in challenge initiatives. Then participants proceed through challenges, on the ground, or on the high course, depending on the age and programming needs of the group. We end the day with a group discussion about the experiences. No one is ever coerced or required to do any challenge course element they choose not to do.
Want to bring a group to the HDCC? Contact us to schedule a group of up to 12 people for a 3 hour session at the course. We can occasionally schedule larger groups, depending on facilitator availability. Minimum age is 12 years old, and parental consent is required. For participants under the age of 18, a responsible adult must accompany each group on the course (participation by the accompanying adult is optional). Note: Any group bringing extra participants on the day of the program will be charged an additional fee that will be due that day, and must have a signed waiver before they will be allowed to participate.
Want to be a volunteer facilitator? Sign up here! We have an incredible team of well-trained facilitators. The opening for new volunteer facilitators occurs once a year, and is coming up in August 2017. If you are willing to attend two trainings and agree to help facilitate a minimum of four events per year, we'd love to have you on our team. Please contact the 4-H Office at 541-548-6088 with questions.
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