Project Adventure Completes Innovative, Fully Accessible Ropes Course For The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp​​Builders and Designers Construct a High Ropes Course So all Children Can Participate

ASHFORD, CONN. (PRWEB) JUNE 20, 2017  Project Adventure recently completed a high ropes course that will offer seriously ill children and their families at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp the chance to challenge themselves in an exciting, yet safe, progression of activities. The collaboration was a natural partnership that allowed for the creation of a unique and fully accessible ropes course. The designers and builders at Project Adventure had the task to construct a high ropes course with elements that were wheelchair accessible and also had the ability to be completed as a team. While this was no easy task, it was one that they took on and creatively built to ensure the ability for everyone at the camp to participate. Included in the design were a Vertical Playpen, vertical climbing wall, inclined climbing wall, and a cargo net. While these are all elements that are commonly found on a high ropes course, the access to them is what sets The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp design apart from others. The builders installed swing arms for universal lift access to the tower so anyone, even campers in wheelchairs, can be raised directly to the top of the tower to increase the accessibility of the course for anyone who wanted to experience it. Not to be left out, the tandem zip lines were installed on two separate hydraulic systems so that participants can be raised and lowered at the push of a button. Matt Loy, Challenge Course Design and Installation Director, said that it was a privilege to work on this course to “forward the mission and vision of the camp. This project involved a number of unique and innovative design features; however, the principle aspect that sets this installation apart from others was the degree of collaboration between Project Adventure and the programming staff at THITWGC.” Project Adventure continues its collaboration with all clients to provide a product that everyone is happy with and proud of to build a lasting sense of community engagement. Richard Ross, the Executive Director of Project Adventure, believes that working with clients like The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp “helps to continue the innovation of our industry and increase the reach to even more communities.”

Why Learning Isn’t Finite​

BEVERLY, Mass., June 19, 2017 Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait until you graduated high school because you never had to go to school again? And then you went to college. So you waited another four years (or five, or six, or…) to get a job and be done with going to classes, turning in homework, and agonizing over tests. And then you got an entry level position in a giant company where you were just a number, and things got real. So this is the point in your life where “two roads diverged in a yellow wood, ” and you had a choice to make: settle or keep learning. No matter what you chose then, you still get to make that choice every day, and every day I find more people who choose to keep learning. Our trainers at Project Adventure want to keep learning, because according to the newly developed Full Value Contract of the Youth and College Programs staff, “mastery in pursuit of perfection means that you’ll never reach perfection, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop trying.” That’s the kind of attitude that feeds the work we do; that no matter how much we know, there is always something else to know. It’s like all the many reasons we have clients that come to take our workshops. They see the opportunities learning new skills and content can offer them both professionally and personally. During last week’s Advanced Skills and Standards workshop, some participant goals and reasons for being there were career centered: “I’m going to take over the program soon. I need to know how to do all of this and feel comfortable.” “I’m here because I work for a camp, but I was offered a position as a program director so being here is good for that.” Thinking ahead was a huge motivator for some. They knew what they were doing was good, but they also knew what they could be doing was better, and to be better, they needed to learn from others. And then there were those that were not only doing it for the current job but their future life. “Retirement is in the near future. I don’t want to sit around, so I need to think about what I’m going to do next. Being outside, leading people through their life changing experiences? Why not?” “I have some big decisions to make about life. Being here is one. I want to do something that I enjoy and that challenges me.” Life is full of decisions and mustering up the strength to make them. If you think back to the person you were two years ago, are you the same? Do you want the same things? The chances are good that with time came new experiences, and with those new experiences came new perspectives. Jon Krakauer wrote in Into the Wild, “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” So choose the path that leads to new adventures every day and hope that the day where when choosing to settle never comes. ​

Salem Gets Creative And Project Adventure Joins The Fun​

SALEM, Mass., Jun. 9, 2017 Historically, Salem, Massachusetts is known for the 1692 Witch Trials, and it’s why people often flock to the city. However, lately it’s been known as a hub for creativity, art, music, and food, and Creative Salem has done a remarkable job being at the epicenter of this movement. They are currently working on designing Placemaking 289 Derby with the input of community members. Since this space is right downtown, it holds immense potential to create an area where everyone can enjoy the city and reflect on the many talents its residents possess. As quoted from their website about what placemaking will bring to the area, they “are excited to fully harness the energy, creativity, and thoughtfulness of all the many Salem communities, businesses and organizations through an innovative process for park design. This is a new approach to the placemaking process, and these organizations are very excited to redefine the participatory elements of placemaking." As part of the ‘play’ at their Play and Plan event on June 7, we got to see the various designs for the space and listen to ideas shared by neighbors as well as check out plans for future expansion. One of the best parts of our day is being able to interact with different people and expose them to how learning through adventure is not only fun, but also a creative way to tap into problem-solving skills and bring a heightened sense of self-awareness to how you interact with a challenge. While we had quite a few games planned, the kids showed up and taught us some new renditions with the props laid out before them. Hoola hoops were balanced on each other, poppers were popped into targets, Bacon flew, and the city was saved from a potential toxic waste spill. We anxiously await the next opportunity we get to join this project in their endeavor to make Salem’s empty space into a common ground for everyone to come and enjoy. ​

Salem State University Orientation Leaders Reach New Heights

  It’s often difficult to explain the purpose of “play” and “adventure” because some people understand it as, “So you JUST run around and climb on ropes?” No. It’s not just running around and climbing on ropes. It’s not just having fun, laughing, and filling up our day with silly activities. While all of that sounds like a good time, it isn’t JUST what we do. We help educate the importance of trust between people and creating positive relationships. We help build communities that are safe, strong, and socially aware. We help individuals increase their self-awareness and ability to make healthy decisions. And yes, we do all of this through the use of play and adventure to experience learning. Knowing the aim of our programming is to help facilitate transformative group experiences, the Program Coordinator of Student Involvement and Activities at Salem State University, Dani Roberts, brought the new Orientation Leaders to our challenge course with the intent to focus on communication skills. As a whole, the school has a diverse student population and wants their Orientation Leaders to be cognizant of the backgrounds and perspectives of new students. Ideally, improving their communication will aid respect which is a core value they have already established. Throughout their time on the course, the students at Salem State University could be found celebrating their peers who just conquered a fear, supporting each other when that fear was just a little bit too much, and thinking of ways to use the activities they learned to engage the incoming students back on campus. Dani saw this positive transformation and remarked that "there were a lot of low and high ropes elements that allowed the leaders to bond as a group, trust each other, and communicate with each other to make an effective team building environment." To hear more about their time at Project Adventure, watch Dani and a few of his Orientation Leaders speak about what their experiences were like by clicking the video above. ​

Play: The Universal Language

There is a wonderful event that occurs on the first Thursday of each month. This event not only serves dinner and allows for a safe space for neighborhood kids to come out and play, but it also links families with community organizations that can provide further support. So what is it? It’s called 1st Thursday, and it’s hosted by the Beverly Police Department and the North Shore Community Development Coalition.  

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