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Preparing for the Challenge Course

What to Expect on the Challenge Course

A day on the challenge course usually lasts four hours and consists of a progression of activities including warm-up stretches, games, initiatives, and group challenges as well as a series of trust activities as well as low and high elements. Some groups may choose to extend their teambuilding activities and participate in a full-day eight-hour session. All groups receive a pre-event assessment that enables the challenge course staff to create an experience uniquely geared toward individual needs.

Participant Requirements and Restrictions
The programs at the Baylor University challenge course are designed for participants in moderate to good health with average to good mobility. We recommend participants familiarize themselves with the requirements, restrictions, and risks prior to committing.

All Program Element Requirements

  • All non-Baylor affiliated participants must agree to and sign a participant agreement. Participants under the age of 18 must have a signed agreement by a parent or legal, court-assigned guardian.
  • Participants must be able to understand and comply with instructions in English or bring their own translator.
  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required.

Low Course: Team Building
Our team building programs are high-energy events designed to engage participants physically, intellectually, and emotionally. While many of the activities include some physical activity, programs are designed to meet the needs of the group. Participants should come dressed to be active, engaged, and outdoors and prepared for periods of activity and inactivity. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a requirement.

High Course
  • Weight Restriction: 250 lbs.; must fit properly into the harness and other protective equipment.
  • Minimum Height: While no minimum height is required, elements are designed with teens and adult participants in mind.
  • Age Requirements: Ages 10 and up.

What to Wear
Please wear clothing that is comfortable and allows for freedom of movement.
  • Top: T-shirts, sweatshirts or button-down casual shirts
  • Bottom: Loose fitting pants, long shorts or sweat pants
  • Shoes: Closed-toed athletic shoes such as hiking boots or tennis shoes. Sandals and open-toed shoes are NOT recommended.
Dress for the weather: remember you will be outside for an extended period of time. What you can tolerate for an hour is not the same as an entire day. The temperatures always tend to be cooler at the Challenge Course due to the close proximity of the water. On cool days, please bring several extra layers and in cold weather, gloves and hats are very useful for an enjoyable experience. In case of inclement weather, please bring a rain jacket and rain pants.

What not to wear: examples of inappropriate attire based on the nature of the activities include: flip flops, dress shoes, running or other nylon athletic shorts and tank tops. In addition, please do not wear any jewelry, including watches, earrings, rings, etc. These items can easily be caught in the equipment and cause injury.

What to Bring
In addition to the clothing items mentioned above, there are a few other items that we should mention:
  • Please bring refillable water bottles. Water will be provided, but it is helpful to have your own water bottle for convenience and to keep you hydrated.
  • Sunscreen and mosquito repellant are also recommended depending on the weather and season.

What to do When You Arrive
  • Upon arrival, our facilitators will greet your group. Please wait outside of the Challenge Course area by the "Welcome Sign" until that time.
  • If you are bringing release forms, please be sure that they are all signed, completed, in alphabetical order and include a printed coversheet with the names listed in alphabetical order.
    (Note: This does not apply to Baylor student or departmental groups.)

Department of Campus Recreation
One Bear Place #97100
Waco, TX 76798
254.710-SLIC (7542)
254.710.3418 (fax)

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