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Challenge Course - Team Building

Over the past ten years Outdoor Adventures at Mount St. Mary’s University has been focused on providing high quality team building programs for the students, faculty and staff. Our services are now open to outside groups. All team building experiences are custom designed to fit the needs of your organization.

What is Team Building?

Plato said, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” At Outdoor Adventures, team building is really just focused, facilitated play. As we work with groups on our challenge courses we present them with opportunities to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and move beyond their perceived boundaries. Groups learn the value of cooperation and encouragement. As participants move through a sequence of physically and/or mentally challenging activities, the focus is on what can be accomplished as a group. Groups take what they learn about teamwork from their time with us on the challenge course and transfer them to future team settings.

We realize that not every activity will be suited for everyone. We encourage all participants to challenge themselves to a healthy limit and no further. It is important for everyone to find a role that will allow them to contribute to personal and group success. It is also critical for the rest of the group to support everyone's choices and roles in the experience.

Challenge Course Programs

Low Challenge Course
The low course consists of activities which can be used as tools for personal and group development. On the low course, activities are close to the ground and require group members to spot each other. Low elements demand teamwork and interaction of all group members to complete. Groups learn to work together and how to use skills such as communication, collaboration and problem solving to achieve success.
Group size: 6 – 40 people (age 10 years and older)

Low course team Challenge on the MSMU Challenge Course Wale Watch Challenge - MSMU Challenge Course Pulling Ropes - MSMU Challenge Course

MSMU Challenge Course - high ropesHigh Challenge Course
On our high course, participants challenge themselves on elements that are over 30 feet high with the protection of a harness and rope. High course elements can be completed in teams or individually. High course programs are a great way for participants to learn about their perceived limits, how they perform under pressure and how to create a supportive environment.
Group size: 6 – 40 people (age 10 years and older.)

balancing from beam to beam - MSMU Challenge Course  balancing on a cable - MSMU Challenge Course

Zip Line
If you are looking for that ultimate rush, the zip line is where you will find it! Participants will climb the 40 foot zip line pole and step off the platform for an exhilarating ride above the beautiful Mount St. Mary’s pond. The zip line provides a comradely team-building experience where participants encourage their group members to take that heart dropping step off the platform. We offer zip line programs at an hourly rate. Our facilitators can normally send 10–12 people per hour.
Group size: 6–40 participants (minimum age is 10 years old)
Note: Minimum weight requirement for Zip Line is 65 pounds.

climb the zipline pole first - MSMU Challenge Course zipline platform - MSMU Challenge Course

Pricing Information

See our chart below for general pricing for full day and half day events. If these general categories don’t fit the desired design of your program, please contact Outdoor Adventures to further customize your experience. 

Program Type
 University Group RateCommunity Group Rate

4-hour Low or High Challenge Course Program


$5 per person

$15 per person

8-hour Low or High Challenge Course Program


$10 per person

$20 per person

8-hour Combination High/Low Challenge Course Program


$15 per person

$22 per person

Zip Line Program


$50 per hour

$75 per hour

*Zipline programs alone are priced at an hourly rate. If you want to include a zipline program in your high course day, then a custom program price will be negotiated.


"Everyone had a great time and it reinforced our team spirit and commitment to our mission”

– Karl Einolf, Ph.D.
Dean of the Bolte School of Business

“I would like to take the time to thank you all for sharing your time with us and engaging us in amazing activities that open our mind and brought us together.”

– Undergraduate Student, C'14
Center for Student Diversity Leadership

“It was an awesome experience, one that I can’t wait to do again”

– Undergraduate Student, C'13
Mount Student Athlete

“We had an amazing experience on the challenge course. The class especially liked the spider’s web activity. See you next year!”

– Isabella Notar, Ph.D.
Veritas Symposium Professor

Plan Your Program

To book your team building, please fill out and submit our Team building Request Form. We will review your request and contact you as soon as possible.

Steps to plan your challenge course experience

  1. Read through the challenge course section of our website in its entirety to have a better understanding of the type of program that will most benefit your organization.

  2. Talk with your group about the benefits of a challenge course experience.

  3. Select 2-3 optional dates that work for the group (We appreciate at least a 3 week notice from when the date is secured to the start of the program)

  4. Fill out and submit a Challenge Course Program Request form (expect to receive an email from outdoor adventures within a week of submitting request).

  5. Fill out the Intake Questionnaire and email it back to Outdoor Adventures at least two weeks before program date.

  6. Have your participants fill out Outdoor Adventures medical forms and waivers (make sure to have parental consent signature for minors). Return forms to Outdoor Adventures at least a week before program date. 

  7. Enjoy a great day of fun, adventure, and learning with us.


Contact Us

For more information about booking your challenge course experience, please contact Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures Mike Neuman.

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