The Excel Series and Low Elements
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The Excel Series
Alpine Tower International’s Team Development Course, renamed The Excel Series by George Mason University, is an exciting design for exploring team building principles with almost any population. Participants will be able to hone team building skills such as listening, leadership, planning and communication while embarking on an adventurous and challenging mission. Although simple looking in design, the action and leanings that occur represent some of the most dynamic group initiatives in the adventure education field.
The Excel Series differs from traditional low challenge events, both in appearance and activities. With more than 40 activities available, facilitators can choose both the activity and the sequencing to best fit the dynamics of the group and the goals of the training experience.
For school programs and camps, The Excel Series is an ideal choice since a growing number of youth have participated in traditional low element courses. Facilitators are almost guaranteed that all participants will have a “new” experience, from which to build the learning transfer.
For adult and corporate groups, The Excel Series offers programming for groups of up to 72 persons. Few other low element designs offer such precise sequencing, curriculum concentration and group experience. Typically, large groups are divided into task groups, which circulate through The Excel Series events, and then return at the end of the program cycle to share their experiences with the larger group.
EDGE Low Elements
In addition to the Excel Series, the EDGE has several low elements interspersed throughout the course. These events are generally built low to the ground with poles, cables, and ropes.
EDGE low elements include: All Aboard, Australian Trolleys, Swamp Boards, Islands, T.P. Shuffle, Whale Watch, Combination Lock, Blind Maze, Mohawk Walk, Journey, Nitro Crossing, Zig Zag, Great Aqueduct, Tyrolean Traverse, Mission Impossible, Toxic Waste, Bear Tree, Donut Pole, Thread the Needle, Spider’s Web, Waterwheel, The Wall, Electric Fence, Wild Woosey, Tension Traverse, and Trust Fall.
EDGE low element activities promote:
- The Strength of cooperation over weaknesses of competition.
- Individual and group behaviors that are helpful to others.
- The concept that everyone has something to offer the group.
- That caring and compassion are inherent in cooperation.
- That any challenge takes careful planning; effective communication; and coordinated, patient group effort.
- Supporting people who are not confident with their own skills, and are therefore most at-risk.
- The elimination of group behavior that is not conducive to group cohesion.
- Trust building through the group learning more about its individual members, in order to work together effectively.