Adventure Challenge – Youth Groups

Children construct knowledge, skills, and values best from direct experience. Common Ground Youth Adventure Challenge programs are unique programs where children are challenged to step out of their comfort zone to learn and enhance life skills such as teamwork, trust, communication, problem solving, and creativity while being in a safe and fun environment!

Programs are designed after we have a conversation with your designated staff to understand your group’s goals. Included in your day could be a series of teambuilding ground initiatives, low ropes elements, and/or our NEW High Ropes Adventure Challenge Course. Low elements and ground initiatives are done on the ground or on elements a few inches or feet above the ground. High elements are constructed with trees, wires, and rope, and require a helmet, harness, and belay system for security. Youth Adventure Challenge Programs can also be combined with our Canopy Tour.

Me & My Friends

Me & My Friends is a 2 – 3 hour adventure based programming that utilizes a variety of ground initiatives and a couple low ropes elements.

Your participants will:

  • Be able to follow directions and use equipment safely.
  • Share and take turns using equipment.
  • Interact positively with others in partner and small group activities.
  • Practice trusting and encouraging others.
  • Have FUN!

The Essentials – Trust, Communication, and Teamwork

The Essentials – Trust, Communication, and Teamwork focuses on the main elements of working within a group.

Your participants will:

  • Explore the basic concepts of working together as a team.
  • Follow and adhere to activity specific rules and safe practices.
  • Work cooperatively with others in a positive way.
  • Demonstrate cooperation with respect for others different from themselves.
  • Engage in trust building activities.

Encourage You, Encourage Me

Encourage You, Encourage Me challenges you participants to ONLY use positive words and actions of encouragement and support for the duration of the ENTIRE program.

Your participants will:

  • Explore the art of encouragement.
  • Give and accept positive encouragement and support.
  • Recognize how positive thoughts and emotions can influence behavior.
  • Regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations.

Responsibility is Key

Responsibility is Key is a program that focuses on personal choices and the impact they may have on oneself and the group.

Your participants will:

  • Recognize their personal choice in all situations.
  • Realize there’s a positive or negative consequence for every choice.
  • Take personal responsibility for one’s own actions.
  • Make healthy choices for themselves.

I’m A Leader: Leadership Program

I’m A Leader: Leadership Program offers an atmosphere for your leaders to explore key leadership qualities while engaging in fun, hands-on experiential activities.

Your participants will:

  • Foster a positive environment that allows your team to flourish.
  • Solicit input and feedback from other participants.
  • Effectively communicate the vision or plan with others involved.
  • Explore their personal strengths and learn to request complementary strengths from others.
  • Embrace taking positive risks and making mistakes.

Common Ground is located in Oberlin, Ohio. Head to our Explore the Area page and find out about other things to do and places to stay in the area, or you can learn more about our organization, which has always proudly been not-for-profit.