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Minor in Challenge Course Management and Leadership

The curriculum closely follows the standards and guidelines developed by the leading national organizations in the challenge course industry.  A student completing the minor curriculum will gain experience, education and training that is essential as a challenge course facilitator or manager as well as acquire documented experience to apply toward practitioner certification.  Students also attain facilitation and leadership skills beneficial in many professional leadership or management roles.

Program Curriculum


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What will I study?

RCLS 220 - Leadership in Recreation and Leisure Services

RCLS 225 - Challenge Course Facilitation Techniques

RCLS 321 - Challenge Course Low Element Facilitation

RCLS 352 - Challenge Course Technical Skills

RCLS 353 - Challenge Course Advanced Technical Skills

RCLS 475 - Challenge Course Management and Operation

*Successful completion of RCLS 225, RCLS 321 and RCLS 352 leads to a Challenge Course Practitioner Level One Certification.

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • understand experiential education and challenge course history
  • model and teach appropriate facilitation skills
  • exhibit an understanding of using group ground initiatives, low and high elements with varied populations
  • model and teach a variety of debriefing techniques
  • learn technical skills for low and high elements
  • learn to assess and manage all aspects of challenge course operations

What could I do with my degree?

  • challenge course facilitator
  • challenge course manager
  • zip line/canopy tour facilitator/manager
  • outdoor adventure leadership
  • team building
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