A challenge course is a great hands-on tool used in experiential education. It puts you into the adventure zone and enforces team work. In the Explore program one of the skill rotations is challenge course. We had the opportunity to try many elements. “Jacob’s Ladder” was my personal favourite. It involves a team of six or more. We had three belayers and three climbers. To add even more of a challenge two of the climbers were blindfolded. The objective is to reach the top having the three climbers sit or stand on the top beam. It may look fairly easy from a ground level perspective but the beams become further apart from each other the higher you climb. It involved intensive team work and after the second or third beam we developed a system. I am not going to give away our technique but we eventually made it to the top.
After, we discussed and debriefed. We reflected on what happened and what we learned from it. “Jacob’s Ladder” is a great tool to learn the importance of different roles in a community. Every team member had a role to play and each role was important. The task would have been more difficult or impossible if one member didn’t play their role. I learned that there are many roles that are played within a community and if they seem big, small, important or unimportant, they are all vital and ultimately lead to an effective community within the body of Christ.