Low Ropes

Elon's low ropes course at the Elon Challenge Course consists of 16 fixed elements and numerous team-building initiatives that physically and mentally engage participants in teambuilding exercises.  Group members must work together by contributing ideas, support, and effort to complete the challenges. Participants are guided through a reflective process at the end of each activity that helps them apply insights from the exercise to other life situations. 

Every Challenge Course experience is different: you can learn something new about yourself and your group every time you participate.  We do our best to insure that your custom-designed itinerary will both meet your group's goals and also provide new challenges for the participants. 


Who can participate?

  • The low ropes course is great for organizations at any stage of development.  No special skills or physical abilities are required- this is an experience that is available to anyone! 

  • Each group is required to have a faculty or staff member in attendance with them during their ropes course experience.  This individual is not required to participate in the challenge course events.

  • All participants must sign a waiver of liability.  Participants under the age of 18 must have their form signed by a parent or guardian.

How much does it cost?

  • The Elon Challenge is a free resource for Elon University groups of up to 30 participants.  A nominal fee will be charged groups larger than 30 members to cover the cost of additional facilitators. 

How long does it take?

  • Basic low ropes teambuilding events last around 3.5 - 4 hours. 

When can we come?

  • Most programs are conducted on Friday afternoons or anytime during the weekend.  Weekday programs can also be arranged, based on facilitator availability. 

How do I sign up?

What do I need to bring?

  • In addition to your signed waiver, you will definitely want a bottle of water!
  • Wear comfortable, athletic-style clothing that is appropriate for the weather (dress in layers)
  • Closed-toe shoes are required; no flip flops, sandals, or crocs allowed!
  • Most participants choose to bring insect repellant and sunscreen.  Low ropes course elements are located in both wooded and sunny areas!

How can I become a facilitator?

  • We're always looking for enthusiastic facilitators!  The two most common ways to become a facilitator are by taking the winter term class (GST 200: Outdoor Leadership via the Elon Challenge) or providing documentation of prior training (at a summer camp, for example).

Who do I contact for more information?