Challenge Course Testimonials

"Our leadership classes consistently return from the ropes course with a new sense of "team".  The staff does a great job of pushing both individuals and teams to new levels of understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, the benefits of communication and cooperation, and a greater acceptance and appreciation of all involved."

Donna H. Stewart, Ph.D.
Department of Operations, Construction and Management
University of Wisconsin-Stout

"…our group had a great time - your facilitators are excellent and the exercises were great - I saw people doing things I would have never guessed they would do.  People cemented some relationships and discovered things about each other - I've had contact since our day with people that I didn't have much contact with prior. Did you meet our objectives? yes! Will we be back? yes!! thanks!"

Marni Waznik
Training Director
Aurora Community Services 

"For the last five years, STEPS for Girls, an engineering camp that UW-Stout sponsors for 12-year-old girls, has included the Stout Ropes course as one of its activities…The Ropes team expertly handled our 40 energetic campers for over three hours on each of four Sundays.  It is such a superb icebreaker and team builder that it set the tone for cooperation, confidence, and enthusiasm for the rest of the week.  The Ropes team is a group of true professionals; they know how to work with people and provide a very safe and helpful environment in which participants can learn and test themselves.  The girls loved Ropes!  They would have stayed all night had we let them."

Pete Heimdahl, Ph.D.
College of Technology, Engineering, and Management
University of Wisconsin-Stout 

"When we came into the ropes course, one of our goals was to find each others' strengths and weaknesses and use them to work better together as a team.  The ropes course pushed us to our limits with problem solving and communication to help us reach our goal.  We left the ropes course feeling better connected as a group and confident that what we learned about each other would help us have a successful year."

Linda Atkinson
National Residence Hall Honorary
University of Wisconsin-Stout 

"The middle school students at Chetek had a wonderful time at your challenge course and it was a great opportunity for them to do something that they wouldn't have done before.  The experience was a real self-esteem and confidence builder for many of the students.  We had personal goals reached that the students never thought they would accomplish. I would recommend any group to bring their students to the course and challenge their students."

Sara Lorenz
Chetek Middle School 

"The Stout Adventures Challenge Course is a hidden gem on Stout's campus and in the Menomonie community. I have booked a group on the course at least once a year for nearly a decade. I am equally comfortable bringing middle school youth organization or a graduate school class to practice teamwork, communication, and problem-solving on the low and high challenge course equipment. I know that participants will have a safe, fun, appropriately challenging, and personally satisfying experience at Stout Adventures."

Barb Flom, Ph.D.
School Counseling: Professional Orientation Class
University of Wisconsin-Stout 

"My group enjoyed the challenge course, but most importantly the staff was able to tailor the course to make points specific to my students' learning needs."

Bryan Beamer, Ph.D.
Department of Industrial Management
University of Wisconsin-Stout  

"Watching my athletes work together. Seeing passive girls, take a step out of their box and become leaders. Allowing them to talk, process, and apply what they had just learned to our volleyball/team game.  Thanks for your organization, time, and positive energy. It was a great experience!"

Kerrie Been
St. Croix Central Volleyball Team 

"The staff was upbeat and welcoming to our students. They were patient and relaxed with us, making it more possible for the kids to have fun and try new things."

Nita Fitzgerald
1st Congregational United Church of Christ 

"There was never a dull moment or a bored, tired face within our group. From the moment we began with group activities to when we finished with high ropes activities, we were engaged, encouraged, and challenged."

Dang Yang
School of Education T.E.A.C.H. Precollege Program
University of Wisconsin-Stout 

"I would recommend the Adventure Challenge Course to any group. It was a great boost of confidence for the students and easily related to difficult tasks in their lives. The facilitators were encouraging and a lot of fun. I would definitely do it again!"

Jessica Gruber
Ellsworth High School