2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Experiential Facilitator Training


Summer 2013 quarter

Christopher Ertman , Rob Healy
Fields of Study
outdoor leadership and education
Preparatory for studies or careers in
outdoor education, experiential education, leadership

Interested in how people communicate in groups? The various ways groups solve problems? Do you enjoy challenges with elements of risk and supporting others in these situations? This training will give you the skills to facilitate group activities on a challenge course. All the facilitation skills—leadership, communication, planning, and group management—needed to lead group activities on a high and low ropes challenge course will be covered. All sessions will involve participation, lecture, discussion, and practical hands on application.

The CCP1 (Challenge Course Practitioner Level 1) course will teach and instruct all facilitators by the standards and guidelines of the ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology).  Each class session will focus on different aspects involved within the daily operations of a challenge and ropes course.  Participants can expect to learn the history of experiential education; program and curriculum development for both large and small groups; technical skills for high, low, and portable low elements; group facilitation skills with emphasis on sequencing, frontloading, and debriefing of groups; equipment inspection; and more.

This hands-on class will include lectures, workshops, and challenge activities both indoors and outside on the campus challenge course. Students will be expected to lead class members and give constructive feedback to peers. Mastery of the material will be assessed through both written and experiential tests that simulate actual scenarios.

This site-specific training allows participants the option of volunteering or becoming an Evergreen State College Challenge Course Facilitator Level 1.

Advertised Schedule
9a-1p Tue/Thu (Jun. 25 - Jul. 25)
Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$150 for supplies and equipment replacement
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 14th, 2013 Added to the summer catalog on Mar. 14, 2013