Southern Adventures and FYE 1220
Southern Adventures is the Outdoor Recreation
component of Campus Recreation and Intramurals
(CRI). We serve the student body with a number of
different functions that include: outdoor adventure
trips, low and high challenge course programs, a
state of the art-rock climbing area, outdoor
equipment rental, and a bike shop.
FYE 1220 Specific Programming
The information in this packet is an excellent
resource for fun and exciting programs that
Southern Adventures can provide for your students.
Low Challenge Course
The low challenge course (aka low ropes course) is the most popularly used part of our program by FYE
1220 instructors. Last fall semester we conducted over 45 low challenge course programs for FYE 1220
classes. Topics covered in these programs included everything from icebreaking to advanced group
dynamics. Many FYE 1220 instructors comment that their classes are more involved and open after a
low challenge course session.
Most of the low challenge course programs conducted at the beginning of the year are inside. This
avoids the negative attitude associated with 100 degree weather. During the nicer months of the year,
we try to get outside as much possible utilizing the low ropes course. Above all else, the main point
stressed in all of our low challenge courses is fun. That is how most students describe their experience.
Please keep in mind that the challenge course
reservations are first come, first serve and subject to
our staff’s availability. We do our best to reserve
your program on your first choice of dates.
To make a free reservation for the low
challenge course please fill out our online form
Introduction to Icebreakers
This is a free program that is designed to teach
GSU faculty some of our most basic icebreaking
games that are great for the first weeks of class.
Last year we came to several FYE 1220 classes the
first week of school to play many of these games
with your students to get them acquainted. We still
offer that service, but also want to offer you the
opportunity to learn how to facilitate icebreaking
games yourself. The fall semester program will be
held Friday, August 10th 9:00am-12:00pm.
To sign-up for this session, please contact Matt McBride before August 8th at:
email@example.com or “Matt McBride” in groupwise
High Challenge Course
The high challenge course (aka high ropes course)
isn’t used by FYE 1220 classes as much as our low
challenge course, but is definitely the student
favorite. High challenge courses are commonly
compared to activities made famous by shows such
as Fear Factor, Road Rules, and the Real World. We
modify our normal high course program for any
class that is at least 1 hour and 15 minutes. We
have had 50 minute classes participate, but those
programs only worked because several students in
the classes volunteered to stay after class time to
get their turn.
The high challenge course program that we offer consists of our zip-line (pictured above) and pamper
pole (pictured at the top of this document). Please note, these activities are not mandatory for any
Participant; they have a choice of how involved they want to be.
To make a free reservation for the high challenge course please fill out our online form located at:
Please keep in mind that the challenge course reservations are first come, first serve and subject to
our staff’s availability. We do our best to reserve your program on your first choice of dates.
Our brand new climbing area has quickly become
the talk of the RAC. Our large climbing wall and
bouldering cave were constructed with state-of-the-
art climbing wall design that uses molds of real
rock-faces. We can teach your students the basics
of climbing and allow them to climb for the
designated time. Our wall is approximately
42 feet tall and can support multiple roped
climbers at a time. There are climbs for all abilities,
from beginner to advanced.
The climbing wall area can be reserved for classes by filling out the form located at:
Send form to: CRI PO Box 8078 attention: LaShica Thomas
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where do challenge course groups meet now that the RAC has expanded?
A. We meet all groups in the Southern Adventures Center located in the back of the RAC unless
Q. Can our students park in the Southern Adventures parking lot?
A. Yes. We have our own storefront entrance to the RAC and parking lot accessible from Old Register
Q. Can I schedule a challenge course with a few days prior notice?
A. Probably not. Please make all reservations at least one week in advance. Keep in mind that we are
very busy in the fall and have many requests, so the earlier you put your reservation in the better.
Q. Can you speak to our class about CRI programs?
A. Yes. Please note this in your request and we can do a brief overview of CRI. All challenge courses
will start with a short introduction to Southern Adventures specifically.
Q. Can we schedule a tour of the RAC for my class?
A. Yes. That is done through our facilities department. Please contact 478-5436 to make arrangements.
Please direct any other questions to: