Frequently Asked Questions for Corporations
What is experiential learning?
Experiential learning is based on the idea that people learn best from experience or simply put, learning by doing. Confucius said around 450 BC: “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.”
Are ropes courses safe?
At NexLevel Challenge, safety comes first. The actual risk on a ropes course is really very low, due to the many controls in place. It is the perceived risk that provides the powerful experiences that will leave a memorable imprint for all participants.
Our course was designed and built by one of two Canadian builders certified by the ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) standards. All staff have been trained and certified as either Level 1 or Level 2 Ropes Course Instructors, which are new certifications being implemented by the Association.
What is the difference between low and high ropes course challenges?
During low course challenges, the focus is on the team. These activities draw on the knowledge and ideas of every group member and require the participation and cooperation of the entire team for success.
The high ropes challenges provide further opportunities for team work with an additional emphasis on individual challenges. The high elements provide opportunities for participants to expand their comfort zones, sometimes dramatically, and to overcome fears that can block personal development and achievement.
Do I have to be in good shape and are the activities physically difficult?
The advantage of our ropes courses is that everyone can participate, regardless of physical ability or athletic experience. There are no failures on the ropes course. NexLevel Challenge uses a ‘Challenge by Choice’ approach so each participant measures success by his or her own aspirations.
A high level of physical ability is not required for participation although a willingness to participate is necessary. We have found participants monitor themselves well; we want our programs to be fun and enjoyable.
What kind of clothing and shoes should participants wear?
Due to the nature of the program and the wilderness location, participants should wear well fitted clothing that does not allow anything to hang loose or get tangled in cables and rope. The clothing should be easy to move around in and appropriate for the season’s weather, keeping in mind you will be wearing a safety harness. Long hair and jewelry should not be left loose. Footwear is important; flip flops and sandals are not acceptable. Athletic shoes, trainers, hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
What if I am afraid of heights?
We operate under “Challenge by Choice,” which means we invite you to challenge yourself during the course of the program, but at no time will our staff members make you do anything you absolutely do not want to do. If someone is afraid of heights, simply climbing a foot or two up a tree can be a major accomplishment and source of pride. We can only challenge you if you play at 100%; however, if you are completely out of your comfort zone, your facilitator will work with you and give you another way to participate, such as coaching, belaying or spotting.
What if there is inclement weather when our ropes course is scheduled?
Our outdoor events are designed to operate in all weather conditions, and we have never had a client comment that the event was ruined by the weather. With proper dress the weather often becomes irrelevant. Occasionally inclement weather conditions actually IMPROVE the event by bonding the participants as they overcome the elements together.
However, the high ropes activities may be cancelled at the discretion of the Ropes Course Instructor, due to high winds or electrical storms.
What benefits would our employees get out of a program?
The best learning occurs when participants take ownership from the very beginning and are personally invested in the outcome. If people come to the program expecting us to do something to them, making us responsible for their outcome, then they will not obtain the full benefit of the program. From the beginning, we put a lot of emphasis on encouraging everyone to identify what they personally and collectively want to get out of the program. At the end of a program we spend time identifying the shared key learnings from each group and helping them identify ways they can take follow-up action back at work.
What is the investment for a program?
The investment level of each program varies based on number of participants, timelines, time of year and program specifics. All our programs are customized to each company and pricing is done by proposal only. Please contact us today at 1.866.840.2840 for a custom group proposal.
What is the optimum group size?
We find the optimum group size for our corporate retreats to be between 14 and 42 participants with larger groups divided into smaller teams depending on the program format and activities selected; however, we can work with any number of participants. We have worked with as few as 6 and as many as 300.
Are there height, weight or age restrictions for participants?
Course participants should be a minimum height of 130 centimeters or 48 inches. Harnesses fit up to a maximum waist size of 120 centimeters or 46 inches.
Where are the events held?
The programs are hosted at the Red Lodge Guest Ranch, just west of Bowden, AB., one hour north of Calgary or thirty minutes south of Red Deer. Accommodation is provided in rustic yet heated cabins in the wilderness and great food is served in the licensed Dining Lodge.
Do you operate as a year-round facility?
Yes, NexLevel Challenge provides programs year round! Winter conditions provide additional challenges and opportunities for learning and indoor facilities are available in case of inclement weather. Our off-site portable programs are very popular during the winter months – we will come to your conference, meeting or office space and conduct experiential challenge based programs to improve your group dynamics and performance.
If you are interested in a fair weather program, we suggest you secure your date as soon as possible in advance – April through November book up quickly.
What additional services can you arrange for our training?
In addition to the Challenge Ropes course experiential program that focuses on teambuilding and leadership development, we also arrange keynote/inspirational speaking, strategic planning facilitation and other organizational consulting and training services for your corporation. We have facilitators who specialize in Powerful Presentations, Communicating for Results, Implementing Change, Negotiating, Helping People through Corporate Change, Celebrating Our Differences using Meyers-Briggs Type Indicators, Improving Productivity by Improving Relationships, Conscious Leadership and Coaching to Produce Results. We have facilitators who specialize in all areas of personal and professional growth with a humorous twist, including hypnotherapy. We also have a vast assortment of evening entertainment options to add an amazing end to each day.
Request a Proposal now, or call 403-714-1550 or 1-866-840-2840 for more information.