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Challenge Course

Challenge Course

When was the last time you balanced on a beam or climbed a rope ladder 35 feet into the sky? And when did you last help someone else achieve those feats?

Since 2010, Principia School has successfully used its on-site, state-of-the-art Challenge Course to develop communication, problem-solving, and collaboration skills in students from kindergarten through high school.

Now, the benefits of structured Challenge Course sessions are available to the entire St. Louis community. We invite groups of all types and sizes—from classrooms to corporations, sports teams to scout groups—to schedule sessions led by Principia’s certified Challenge Course instructors. We can even come to your site to lead team-building activities with your group. Contact us to find out about availability, pricing, and the types of sessions available.

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We'd love to hear about your needs, show you around the course, and design appropriate options for your group.


Challenge Course


What does Principia’s Challenge Course offer?

The Challenge Course has two sections—the low ropes course and the high ropes course.  The high ropes course includes a rock-climbing wall in addition to the ropes area.

Closer to ground level, the low course poses interesting dilemmas that call for imaginative maneuvering and movement. Sometimes, you’re racing against time, sometimes against “in the box” thinking. Either way, you're practicing your collaboration skills, and the results include creative solutions and fun for children and adults alike.

For groups wanting high adventure and a more physical challenge, the 35-foot climbing wall and high ropes course are available. With top-quality equipment and qualified instructors who put safety first, you will learn to support and trust each other and scale new heights. (All high ropes course participants are secured by a rope at all times.) The outcome? Individual accomplishment (with the group’s support), collective camaraderie, and improved collaboration skills such as trust and communication. Best of all, you'll experience personal growth and the achievement of having pushed through personal limits. Climb on!

Is the Challenge Course designed primarily for children? 

Yes—and no. Of course, the joy of being outdoors and trying new things appeals to the kid in all of us. But when it comes to working effectively with others . . . that’s a skill worth developing throughout one’s life, especially in our increasingly interconnected world.

What are the benefits of a Challenge Course session?

Just like learning to play an instrument, shoot three-pointers, or paint a portrait, the skills of collaboration and teamwork improve with training—and with a lot of practice.

The Principia School Challenge Course program offers a structured, safe space for strengthening the complex and interdependent skills of interpersonal communication, self-motivation, and collaboration—all in an atmosphere that promotes perseverance, confidence, and joy.

Understanding each individual’s role and value in a group, learning when and how to lead and follow, and maintaining a positive attitude throughout challenges (and occasional failures)—are a few of the mental flexibility exercises you’ll get to experience during a Challenge Course session.


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