Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana’s Adventure Program consists of adventure playgrounds, teams courses, high ropes courses, indoor climbing walls, indoor bouldering walls, rock climbing, and caving. All the activities are experiential and educational. Whether climbing a rock face or helping a troop member through the teams course, each participant will learn something new about themselves and others. There is something in the Adventure Program for all ages and abilities.
Adventure playgrounds are most popular for Brownies but designed for anyone to use. The playground is a series of obstacles just inches off the ground. A typical obstacle would be walking across a log or crawling through a concrete tunnel. Adult supervision is required; however, there is no training or reservations necessary. We have adventure playgrounds at Camps Whippoorwill, Shantituck, Houchens and Stem.
The teams course is a series of challenges built with wooden beams, cables, and ropes to create an obstacle. Teams explore risk taking, leadership, communication, and problem solving in order to get through the obstacles. The teams course is available for Girl Scout Juniors and older. Trained adult leadership is required. Adults who would like to lead girls through the teams course must attend a half-day training. Trainings are offered peridocally and can be found in the Training Calendar. We have teams courses at Camps Bear Creek, Pennyroyal, Houchens, Barren Ridge, Shantituck and Stem.
High Ropes Course
The high ropes course is similar to the teams course except 20 to 40 feet above the ground! Being up in the trees, the perceived risk is high but the actual risk is low. The participants that climb will be using harnesses, helmets, and ropes for safety. Some of the other participants might not want to go up, but they will be very busy on the ground in supporting roles of holding the ropes and encouraging. The high ropes course is rich with discoveries and helps participants develop a new level of self-confidence. Participants must be 11 years or older. We have high ropes courses at Camp Stem and Pennyroyal. To participate in high ropes programs, sign up through the Program Calendar, or for scheduling larger groups (15 or more) or events such as area campouts or special program days, please contact Kristi Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888)771-5174.
Camp Stem has a wild cave that provides an excellent “natural teams course.” The cave at Stem is a wild cave, meaning no lights, no paved walkways, and no park ranger. The cave is approximately 100 yards deep, involving mostly crawling and squatting, and is very muddy! Kids of all ages love it, even the 40 year old ones! The cave is for Girl Scout Juniors and older. Trained adult leadership is required. Adults who would like to lead girls through the Cave at Camp Stem must attend the half-day training. Trainings are offered in the Training Calendar.
There are also guided cave tour options available in our area, including Marengo Cave, Squire Boone Caverns, Mammoth Cave, and more. Trained adult leadership is not required for guided tours.
Rock and Indoor Climbing
Rock climbing and artificial rock wall climbing are great Girl Scout programs. Climbing builds strength, balance, flexibility, and self-esteem. Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana’s Program Learning Center in Louisville has an artificial climbing wall and an artificial bouldering wall. The programs Climb On! and Bouldering! are offered for girls through the Program Calendar. Other facilities throughout Indiana and Kentucky offer climbing wall programs. For more information and a list of approved sites see Resource Sheet #661.