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SAFETY

Is this safe?
While some of the elements may seem challenging, our highly trained Y instructors closely supervise participants in all activities, ensuring safety is not compromised. All of our programs ensure the risk is more perceived than real.The Y adheres to safety and risk-management protocols that exceed industry standards in adventure-based education. Our courses are designed, built and maintained by a professional outdoor education company with a membership to the Association for Challenge Course Technology.

Challenge by Choice

Challenge by Choice is an important principle in Adventure-Based Programming. Challenge by Choice is simple in principle, but complex in practice and reality. The simple principle is that participants are invited to participate voluntarily in each of the various activities and challenges of an Adventure Based program. A participant may choose to sit out an activity and this right is to be respected by others in the group and instructors.

The Challenge by Choice principle is generally explained and understood as part of the Full Value Contract, to help create a group culture which genuinely respects the right of an individual to choose with regard to degree of participation in any activity. Challenge by Choice can be used to help reinforce the message that an individual is to exert and take personal responsibility choosing his/her behaviors and actions. Further, the principle recognizes that individuals potentially stand to learn and grow more by refusing to participate on occasions than unthinkingly and/or resentfully always participating.

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