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Low Elements


Objective: To develop communication, cooperation, and problem solving skills.

Description: Using only the items they are wearing, students must retrieve the swinging cable without stepping over the boundary lines. They must then get the whole group and a can of water over the area within the boundaries without touching the enclosed area or spilling the water.

Rules:  1. Students must not touch the area between the boundaries or knock off the bamboo poles that are the boundary lines. If they do, the entire group must start over.

2. The can of water must be brought over without spilling, or the entire group must begin again.

3. No jumping, dropping, or leaping from the cable.

4. There must be a minimum of two staff spotters during the activity, one on the far side to catch incoming students until there are enough students on the far side to fill this role and one in the middle to spot the swinger.

5. No sticks or rocks can be used to retrieve the cable.

6. Students should not throw the cable across the area. They should let it drop from their grasp.

7. The instructors should be in a position of control at all times.

8. Be sure that all obstacles and debris have been cleared from the area.

Variations: Have students land on an All Aboard wooden platform or in a circle of hula hoops

The Challenge Wall

*Make sure to ask all participants to remove ALL jewelry, watches and anything in pockets before you start this activity!

Objective: To develop problem solving, trust, and team work.

Description: The group must plan a way to get every member over a 12.5’ high wall.

Rules: 1. At Tull Hall, anytime a student is coming off the backside of the wall, all students must go to the back to spot.

At the Summer Camp, anytime a student is coming off the backside of the wall, several students must hold the ladder for the student as he or she climbs down.

2. Everyone who is not directly involved with the event must be spotting.

3. Once a participant has gone over the wall, they can no longer help any other student over the wall. They become “ghost spotters” and can only spot the student who is going over the wall.

4. Students cannot climb the sides of the wall or use any natural items or clothing to get over.

5. Activity only takes place on one side of the wall at a time. If a student is climbing off the wall, then no other student should be climbing up it.

6. No jumping, dropping, or leaping.

7. Students are not allowed to stick any fingers in the cracks of the wall.

8. The will be no stacking more than three levels high.

9. No more than four people can be on top of the wall at once.

10. The feet of those on top of the wall must remain on the platform.

11. A student at the top of the wall can only hang over the wall if hanging is done by the armpits, facing the wall, anchored by a person at each shoulder.

12. Before allowing the group to begin, instructors should make sure that all of the students understand the rules.

13. The instructors should always maintain a position of control so they can “catch” a fall and protect the head and back.

14. Make sure that spotters stay alert, are in the correct position, and are always spotting anyone going up the wall.

Whale Watch

Objective: To develop teamwork and communication

Description: The group must balance themselves on the whale watch without it touching the ground.

Rules: 1. Split the group in half and position each half at each opposite ends of the platform. The students must maintain a balanced whale watch for at least 10 seconds.

2. Be sure that no one is standing at the sides of the whale watch so that no feet are smashed.

3. Have students exit and enter the whale watch from the center.

4. Outdoor Leaders should disperse themselves around the platform to spot and report when the platform is off the ground while 9th graders are on board.


  1. With the whale watch balanced, have the 50/50 divided group standing on opposite ends attempt to change ends without letting the platform make contact with the ground.
  2. Do a blindfold walk to the whale watch. Place the blindfolded students on the whale watch and have them balance the group.

Wild Woozy

This low element consists of a pair of wire cables (stored in the Tumble Hut or Jabba), set up so that they diverge from the same support and are connected on the far end to two separate, supports approximately 12’ apart.  This element should be set up using the hardware installed into the poles under the high wild woozy on the pole course.  For safety and liability reasons, it will have to be set up and taken down at each usage

Pre-facilitation Responsibilities:

Check area for unsafe ground cover.

Install and inspect equipment for secure connections and cable condition.

Provide clear explanation and “walk through” of spotting techniques.


For two participants to walk out along opposing sides of a V-shaped cable, leaning inward, supporting each other until they can no longer balance together on the cable.


Establish a goal as a pair.

Try to return to the beginning.

Make a group goal by adding together total length traversed.


1. Do not interlock fingers while attempting this activity.

2. Use proper commands prior to climbing on element.

3. Be conscious of the pressure you place on your partner.

4. Be aware that climbers may fall in any direction initially.  Tell climbers to simply step off if they lose their balance.  No Matrix moves

5. Spotters between participants should be bent over with a flat back and have their hands on their knees to prevent back loading.  Spotters should face the direction in which participants are moving.  One spotter stands between participants at the starting pole.  As participant moves outward, additional spotters are added.  In addition to “interior spotters,” adequate spotters are provided behind the participants in the usual spotting position.


Objective: To develop teamwork and communication within the group.

Description:  The group must get all of the members from the small island to the large island by using the boards provided and by crossing over the middle medium size island.


  1. Every member of the group must start on the small island. 
  2. The group is given two boards, neither of which is long enough to reach the other islands.
  3.  Using the boards and each other, the group must move to the larger island by crossing over the middle, medium size island. 
  4. Jumping to different islands is not allowed. If a member in the group or a board touches the water around the island, the entire group must start over. 
  5. Instructors should spot students as they pass from island to island.

Spider’s Web

Objective: To work on communication and teamwork. To get the group more comfortable with each other.

Description: The entire group must get through the spider’s web without touching the web.

Rules: Students will try to get through the web one at a time without touching it.

  1. Only one student at a time can cross the web.
  2. If the web is touched, the spider comes out and the entire group must start over.
  3. Once an opening has been successfully used by a group member, it is closed for further use.
  4. No one can go over the top of the web.
  5. No jumping, dropping, or leaping.
  6. One person can go under the web.
  7. There must be a staff member on either side when the web is started.
  8. If the group uses a student’s back, they must step on hips or between shoulders to prevent back problems.
  9. Be sure to clear the area of debris and obstacles.
  10. The leaders must always be in a position of control to catch the head and neck of the person being passed through the web.
  11. Be sure that there is adequate spotting.
  12. There will be no diving though the web.