- Challenge By Choice
Each participant ultimately makes the decision about his or her own level of participation
in the program. We do encourage participants to try all the elements, but the end
decision lies with the individual.
- Experiential Education
Experiential learning incorporates action and reflection in a hands-on learning experience.
Discussions throughout the program help to relate lessons learned at the course to
real life situations.
- Risk Taking
Through taking risks, stepping outside your "comfort zone," you can learn a lot about
yourself, the world around you, and your place in it as well as building your self-esteem,
compassion, and courage.
- Rational and Philosophy
The use of adventure programs have become increasingly popular in a variety of teaching
environments with a diverse number of populations (i.e. educational institutions,
corporate training programs, health and human services, recreational courses, etc.).
The philosophy of adventure education is based on three principles: direct experience
to enhance the learning process, the importance of taking risks, and the aim of developing
moral character. Although the course can be used as a recreational tool, the course
is a tool which impels its participants into challenging risks, and occasionally stressful
situations so that individuals begin to look at and/or identify specific dynamics
of individual and group behavior. Goals of the course vary considerably in respect
to: projected outcomes, time parameter, history of the participants, and continuum
of service. Programming will be designed by qualified personnel on a group specific
The Ferris State University Ropes Course 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.
Public groups and Ferris State University groups are invited to contact the Adventure
Coordinator at 231-591-5308 to schedule a program.