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Recreational Services
Kansas State University
101 Peters Rec Complex
1831 Olympic Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?
You must be 8 years of age or older to participate on the low course and 6th grade or higher to participate on the high course. Otherwise, participation is open to anyone in the group!

Why should our group use the challenge course?
Challenge courses provide a great teambuilding experience. Members of a group or team come away with a wonderful bonding experience where they get to know each other on a deeper level and learn a lot about each other. They will learn to communicate with each other more effectively, develop trust, cooperate better, and have fun, among other things.

What should we bring and wear?

  • Wear athletic, closed-toe and heeled shoes only (no sandals, open toes or heels)
  • Wear shirts that will go below the waist. Mini t-shirts, tank tops, and short shorts are not recommended. (If you are in a harness, you will be more comfortable in a longer shirt and longer shorts, and there is less risk of splinters)
  • Rain/wind jacket (if the weather is questionable)
  • No dangling jewelry; leave your valuables at home.

Bring your medical and waiver forms complete and signed. Groups that have all paperwork completed before arriving at the course spend more time in activities and less time managing paperwork on the site.

Bring a water bottle. We offer portable restroom facilities. Running water is not readily available, though we will work with groups who will be on the course for an extended period of time to refill water bottles.

If you are participating in an all-day program, or just need to stay energized, be sure to bring your lunch/snacks. Your group may arrange to have meals delivered to the course, and we could help provide catering and vendor information.

Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and insect repellent are encouraged. While you may be under the canopy of the tress for much of the program, the protection offered by sunscreen will be welcomed during times we are in open areas.

Does each person have to participate in everything?
While we encourage everyone to participate, nobody is required to participate. We operate under the Challenge by Choice philosophy. Any person can sit out of any activity at any time if they do not feel comfortable with an activity.

What do we do if there is inclement weather?
Rec Services will make the determination of whether or not to cancel a program. We do not usually cancel for light rain, but in the case of heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail, or a tornado during the program we will either cancel the program or take cover for a while as the weather passes. We do have the option of taking the program inside the Rec Complex and doing teambuilding activities inside as an alternative.

Is it dangerous?
Participant safety is of paramount importance to us. For our high course, our equipment is rated to hold weights far exceeding any actual use. All systems are backed up and double or triple checked. The most common health concern we have is splinters.

Do I need to be in outstanding physical condition to participate on the course?
In a word, NO! All physical abilities are welcome! While some of the challenges available can be physically demanding, they can all be altered to levels of physical activity that are suitable for almost anyone. Many of the activities push the mind more than the body.

How much time will the program require?
We tailor the amount of time on the course to whatever your group wants or needs. We typically schedule half day programs for 2-4 hours and full day programs for 6-8 hours, though the timing is completely flexible based on a group's needs.

How do we get to the course?
Directions to the course

Can we have food at the course?
Food can be brought to the course and lunch and/or dinner time can be built into your group's schedule.

How do I become a facilitator?
Rec Services will periodically seek out new facilitator staff to undergo the extensive challenge course training and join our staff. For more information about becoming a facilitator, contact Travis Redeker at tredeker@k-state.edu.