Johnston Community College will introduce its ropes challenge course to the public on Sept. 1.
The low-hanging ropes course is on the grounds of the college’s Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center. Money for the project came from Johnston County’s open-space fund.
Kelly Williams, who teaches physical education at JCC, is the course’s trained facilitator. She said the course provides team-development activities for college faculty, staff, students and the community. Participants learn such skills as listening, leadership, planning and communication while on a challenging adventure, she said.
“We really appreciate the county commissioners for choosing us for this recreation and open-space project,” Williams said. “We believe it will be a real asset to our physical education program at JCC as well as an excellent community-enrichment opportunity for youth, civic and corporate groups.”
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Jordan Astoske, director of Howell Woods, said the course is a nice enhancement to the menu of activities available to the community at Howell Woods.
“Howell Woods is such a unique environment, with all the activities like camping, fishing, geocaching, kayaking and canoeing that individuals can enjoy and the low ropes course is something we’ve wanted for a while and makes us even more unique,” Astoske said.
The course has many features, including a spider web, 12-foot climbing wall and nitro crossing, that test a person’s ability to trust themselves and others. Recently, the college’s new student ambassadors tried their skills on the course as an opportunity to get to know each other.
“I think some of them were really surprised at how far they were able to push themselves, work with their peers and accomplish things as individuals and as a group,” Astoske said.
The Sept. 1 information session is designed to explain the low ropes course to leaders of corporate professional-development teams, church youth groups, civic groups and others interested in scheduling the course for a retreat. The free session is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Howell Woods, 6601 Devil’s Racetrack Road, Four Oaks.
To learn more about the ropes course, call Astoske at 919-938-0115 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.