ROPES Challenge Programs

Team Initiatives Program Overview

Ground Level Team Initiatives program information

ROPES-Celebrating-the-WinTeam Craft’s ground level ROPES Challenge Course activities provide an exciting and fun way for adult work groups to develop effective teamwork, build relationships, and sharpen problem solving skills. These activities are mobile, don't require fixed props, and can be done indoors as well as outside. (Many people refer to Team Initiatives as Low Ropes.)

The most popular ropes activities are Team Initiatives. These fifty minute challenge activities are a fun mix of physical and mental challenges based on whimsical scenarios about a fantasy adventure such as crossing an acid river, passing people through a spider web, or saving the planet from disaster. A program typically consists of a series of these activities that can be chosen by the client before the program. Each activity gives the team an opportunity to practice effective problem solving in a fun atmosphere.

At the outset, each team gains agreement on the goal, how they’ll know when they’re successful, and then decide what they need to do to achieve it within a tight time limit. The team brainstorms solutions, identifies an action plan, and then works out the solution. Typically, spontaneous and often humorous situations occur that focus everyone’s attention, and make for a memorable learning experience.

Team-Initiatives-Hot-StuffProgram Characteristics & Logistics: Design the program that best fits your team. You select the level and, if you prefer, can also choose the activities. Otherwise, we’ll select the activities based on your team needs and objectives.

Program Length: Programs range from 3 to 6 hours in length. The longer the program the more insight and confidence a team builds. Contact us for sample schedules of a program that fits your desired timeframe.

Group Size: Activity teams include 7 to 15 members. We can also accommodate smaller teams, and several activity teams can be involved in the same program.

ROPES-Debrief-Discussion-lakeFor larger groups, see Team Craft's InterActive Teams Program format. This format’s activities are similar to Team Initiatives, but involve two teams working on the same challenge at the same time. This format encourages collaboration across boundaries and locations in an organization.

Program Locations: Team Initiative Activities are very mobile and can be done in any open area indoors or outside to fit your preferences.

Budgeting: Price varies with number of participants, customization needed, location, and length of the program. Request a proposal identifying your group size and location to obtain a price quote.

Common Learning Themes and Learned Skills from Team Initiative Activities include:

  • Group problem solving skills
  • Valuing Personal Differences
  • Effective Communication
  • Leadership and support roles
  • Dealing with Change
  • Setting and Achieving Quality standards

To see a description of some Team Initiative activities, go to the Activity Descriptions page.

For more information about our approach to team building go to Team Building General Information and Team Craft FAQ's (frequently asked questions).

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