Team-building is focus
By Sue Ellen Ross Post-Tribune correspondent October 11, 2012 4:22PM
Schererville Firefighters carry one of their own through a "spider web" at the Adventure Bound Challenge Course at Campagna Academy in Schererville on Sept. 27, 2012. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
AT A GLANCE
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Updated: December 11, 2012 2:03AM
Learning the ropes will have a literal meaning for those visiting the new Adventure Bound Challenge Course, a low-ropes test of agility and determination on the grounds of Campagna Academy in Schererville.
A dedication to introduce the project, available to businesses, schools, clubs and civic groups — as well as Campagna Academy youth — was attended by more than 100 people.
“There had been some type of course with five original stations in this area about 10 years ago, but it was well overgrown,” said Keith Jacobs of Experiential Systems Inc. of Lansing, Ill., the company that built the course. “The job wasn’t too complex; we just had to deal with a lot of dead trees, brush, and a small swamp area.”
The Adventure Bound Challenge Course is a team-building experience for people of all ages, aimed at developing communication and leadership skills, managing stress, promoting conflict resolution and personal growth.
“These are great skills for everyone to learn,” Schererville Fire Chief Joe Kruzan told those attending the dedication. “In our jobs at the Fire Department, we depend on these every day, and there’s not a single part of our job where we don’t use teamwork.”
Some of Kruzan’s firefighters gave demonstrations at a few of the 16 stations. The Mohawk Walk tested balance along a series of cables suspended just above the ground. The Island Crossing required finding a way to cross from one island to another without touching the ground in between.
Group initiatives, also called team courses or low-ropes courses, are problems or obstacles that challenge groups and individuals mentally and physically.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to provide ways for our kids to grow and thrive,” said Carrie Connor, Campagna board president. “Especially significant is that this course also is open to adults and the community.”
Friends Marge Zubay of Munster and Mary Klassen of Hammond are familiar with Campagna and wanted to see the new course.
“Keeping kids and adults active and outdoors is a great thing,” Klassen said. “And schools are always looking for different outings for field trips.”
Added Zubay: “There’s nothing in this area like the new ... course. Having something like this right in your backyard is wonderful.”
The course was funded by grants awarded by Carmeuse Lime and Stone’s Carmeuse Foundation, and the Lake County Community Fund of the Legacy Foundation.