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Challenge Course develops leadership and technical skills – with a dose of adrenaline.

Challenge course

Oregon State’s Adventure Leadership Institute (ALI) offers adventure leadership education and one-of-a-kind experiences to more than 9,500 students every year. From canyoneering to white water rafting, there’s something for everyone’s adventurous side.

The ALI’s Challenge Course offers classes for students through the College of Public Health and Human Science’s Physical Activity Course Program. These experiences allow students to gain practical experience and understanding of challenge course components. The course includes mental and physical challenges, cooperative games and initiatives that promote communication, problem-solving skills and leadership.

“More and more employers are saying that they want folks who have leadership skills and know how to work with groups and that’s exactly what we’re teaching our students out here at the challenge course,” says Emily Abrams, operations coordinator for ALI.

Conveniently located on the university’s main Corvallis campus, about 3,100 participants utilize the Challenge Course facility each year. About 30 student employees work at the course, and five ALI employees spend part of their time there.

The Challenge Course also offers low- and high-course experiences to the public. These classes designed to build teamwork and cohesion among colleagues, groups, clubs or organizations.