The Ferris State University Experiential Team Building Program will generally be categorized under two basic headings; academic programming and outside contracts. Academic programming consists of the academic courses housed in the Recreation Leadership and Management program that utilize the challenge course for instructor training purposes. Students pay tuition dollars to take these courses and in return are trained in the hard and soft skills of challenge course facilitation. Outside contracts are all those programs offered to groups requesting challenge course experiences to be provided by the Ferris State University Experiential Team Building faculty and staff. All the programs of this nature will be structured to meet the specific needs and time frame of the client and will be billed appropriately to the level of sophistication of the specific program.
The Ferris State University Experiential Team Building Program is an educational enterprise intended to facilitate participant growth and continuing development in the social, emotional, psychological, cognitive, and psychomotor domains. Accomplishing such growth begins with an underlying atmosphere of supportiveness, acceptance, and trust. Participants make their own decisions and commitments. Group supportiveness is encouraged to develop a willingness to try and the realization that success if personal. The process of going one step farther is much more important than the end goal of a given task. Stress is intrinsic to risk, and risk is an inseparable part of adventure activities. Participants are guided to learn ways of providing support without creating unwarranted pressure on their co-participants. All participants voluntarily and freely make their own choices, based on what they can comfortably and willingly risk. No one is ever required, forced, or coerced into any activities.