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  • Location On Campus
    Sarazen Student Union, Room 302 
  • Address
    Student Activities & Leadership Development
    515 Loudon Road
    Loudonville, NY 12211
  • Phone
    (518) 783-2330
  • Fax
    (518) 786-5053
  • E-mail
    activities@siena.edu

Challenge Course

What is a Challenge Course?
 
A challenge course is designed to facilitate learning about oneself and others by utilizing a progression of obstacles that challenge the participants physically and cognitively, and are to be overcome through the use of teamwork skills and individual commitment. Several components may make up a challenge course experience at Siena College; a purposefully developed pre-course program of team building exercises, goal setting and initiatives, low elements and high elements.
 
What is a low element?
 
Low elements are obstacles and structures that can be navigated individually and/or with other team members. These elements do not require additional safety equipment in the form of harnesses and/or belay teams.
 
What is a high element?
 
High elements are obstacles and structures that can be navigated individually and/or with other team members at least 10 feet above the ground. These elements require additional safety equipment in the form of harnesses and/or belay teams.
 
How do I request usage of the Siena College Challenge Course?
 
The Challenge Course can be scheduled through the Associate Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development. Please visit the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, located in the Sarazen Student Union, Room 302 or call the office at 518-783-2330.
 
What should I know about the Siena College Challenge Course?
 
The Siena College Challenge Course is a tree-course located in a wooded area of campus. It consists of 12 Low Elements and 4 High Elements. Use of the Challenge Course is open to all current students, faculty, staff and administrators. All groups or individuals must be accompanied by a professional staff facilitator at all times. Groups and/or individuals must book all usage of any or all elements of the Challenge Course through the Associate Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development. Due to safety concerns, failure to book usage and be accompanied by a professional staff facilitator will be considered trespassing by the College. The Associate Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development will ask that all individuals and/or groups requesting usage of the Challenge Course meet with them to determine availability of the course, availability of professional staff facilitators and to provide the individual and/or group with the necessary information and paperwork that is required for usage. In addition to this initial meeting, the individuals and/or group will need to schedule and attend a pre-event meeting no less than 5 business days prior to the scheduled event. 
 
How does the Challenge Course support the mission of Siena College?
 
The Siena College Challenge Course directly supports the mission of the College as it provides experiential learning opportunities. These opportunities are grounded in the values of Diversity, Optimism, Respect, Service and others that are complimentary to the experiential learning model and the college. Challenge Course activities; Initiatives, Low Elements and High Elements, are specifically designed to provide valuable, structured and safe opportunities for individuals and groups to learn and grow. This “challenge by choice” experience is designed to help build friendships, introduce leadership skills, and work closely with others.
The Challenge Course is used to teach and have meaningful conversations about the Franciscan values that we embrace at Siena College. A challenge course is designed to facilitate learning about oneself and others by utilizing a progression of obstacles that challenge the participants physically and cognitively, and are to be overcome through the use of teamwork skills and individual commitment. Several components may make up a challenge course experience at Siena College; a purposefully developed pre-course program of team building exercises, goal setting and initiatives, low elements and high elements. 
 
Can individuals and/or groups not affiliated with Siena College request usage of the Challenge Course?
 
The Challenge Course is available for rent to outside groups. Outside groups must first contact the Office of Conference and Event Services to request usage. Rental fees will apply to outside groups. The Office of Conference and Event Services will make an initial request for usage on behalf of the outside group and/or individuals to the Associate Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development. The Office of Conference and Event Services can be reached at 518-782-6973.