Philosophies
  • Challenge By Choice
    Each participant ultimately makes the decision about his or her own level of participation in the program. We do encourage participants to try all the elements, but the end decision lies with the individual.

  • Experiential Education
    Experiential learning incorporates action and reflection in a hands-on learning experience. Discussions throughout the program help to relate lessons learned at the course to real life situations.

  • Risk Taking
    Through taking risks, stepping outside your "comfort zone," you can learn a lot about yourself, the world around you, and your place in it as well as building your self-esteem, compassion, and courage.

  • Rational and Philosophy
    The use of adventure programs have become increasingly popular in a variety of teaching environments with a diverse number of populations (i.e. educational institutions, corporate training programs, health and human services, recreational courses, etc.). The philosophy of adventure education is based on three principles: direct experience to enhance the learning process, the importance of taking risks, and the aim of developing moral character. Although the course can be used as a recreational tool, the course is a tool which impels its participants into challenging risks, and occasionally stressful situations so that individuals begin to look at and/or identify specific dynamics of individual and group behavior. Goals of the course vary considerably in respect to: projected outcomes, time parameter, history of the participants, and continuum of service. Programming will be designed by qualified personnel on a group specific basis.

The Ferris State University Ropes Course is an educational enterprise intended to facilitate participant growth and continuing development in the social, emotional, psychological, cognitive, and psychomotor domains. Accomplishing such growth begins with an underlying atmosphere of supportiveness, acceptance, and trust. Participants make their own decisions and commitments. Group supportiveness is encouraged to develop a willingness to try and the realization that success if personal. The process of going one step farther is much more important than the end goal of a given task. Stress is intrinsic to risk, and risk is an inseparable part of adventure activities. Participants are guided to learn ways of providing support without creating unwarranted pressure on their co-participants. All participants voluntarily and freely make their own choices, based on what they can comfortably and willingly risk. No one is ever required, forced, or coerced into any activities.

Public groups and Ferris State University groups are invited to contact the Adventure Coordinator at 231-591-5308 to schedule a program.