The Facilitator determines the target topic or topics, the characteristics of the group members (such as size, age, and ability), the available space and time, and then builds a curriculum. On the day of the program, the facilitator arrives at the site with whatever equipment is required and sets up. The equipment can range from simple items like bandanas and pool noodles to a nine-foot-tall PVC spider web.
Each activity is introduced to the participants, along with a carefully constructed set of directions. Participants are allowed, and encouraged, to ask clarifying questions. Then, all participants begin the activity, interacting with each other in the pursuit of a goal. All of our activities are carefully designed to be collaborative, with any competitive elements designed to allow the participants to compete against themselves, rather than each other. This allows every participant to achieve, and even to potentially fail, without forcing some participants to win while others must lose.
At the end of the activity, the facilitator leads the group in an analysis of the activity. Every thought, action, observation, and feeling is open to examination, and these topics are related back to real life and to the target lesson for the group. it is this introspection that delivers the real value of the activity.
At the end of the program, participants are thanked, and returned out to the real world to apply whatever lessons they have learned.
Challenge Programs can be scheduled for any amount of time, from quick, one-hour sessions to multi-day retreats, at $175 per hour.
The programs work with nearly any group size, though once the group goes above 30 participants, additional facilitators will be needed to ensure a safe and positive experience.