Ropes Course Maine - Rope Challenge Course in Southern ME
Challenge Ropes Course in Saco, Maine
The FOCUS Challenge Course is located in Southern Maine among the beautiful woods on the Sweetser campus in Saco, Maine. Donna Murray, Director of FOCUS through Adventure, operates the course in conjunction with her programs. Many local schools, summer recreational departments, businesses and corporations from around the area have utilized the challenge course for team development.
All Skill Levels Welcome
The ropes course has different levels of development. Groups will work on cooperative field initiatives first, then onto low ropes course initiatives, and then to the high ropes course elements. The ropes course is available for school outings, corporate retreats or any group wanting a team challenge.
Building Trust and Connections
- Field initiatives build connections within the group, establishing behavioral norms and a level of trust.
- Low ropes, where personal risk is a factor, heightens the necessity of communication, support and trust within the group.
- High ropes challenge becomes a celebration of the group work so that every individual can experience powerful success.
Team Development & Team Building
Team Development for both youths and adults.
FOCUS through Adventure provides customized programs that will help teams develop and enhance their communication, identify behaviors necessary to function as a team, and identify individual strengths and skills. A core component of team development is for groups to define the norms of behavior that will drive them to function as a high performance team. Through this process participants will enhance their work relationships as key learnings are easily transferred back to the workplace.
Our consultants may introduce a behavioral inventory like the DiSC Personal Profile System to help participants understand their own work styles and those of others. This information can be the common language with which to develop healthier working relationships and the norms of behavior for their team.
Ropes Course Safety
The ropes course is routinely inspected and certified by Project Adventure, Inc. from Beverly, Massachusetts. Project Adventure is one of the leading international training organizations in Experiential Education. Along with continual safety inspection and updating of equipment, FOCUS through Adventure also maintains national safety standards and protocol for its participants.
FOCUS facilitators are all trained and certified to operate a challenge course. All ropes course facilitators maintain First Aid and CPR certification.
"The Focus through Adventure Team Building program was exactly what the players needed after four days of competing with each other to make the team. The time away from the technical and tactical aspects of the game was worth every second and has helped them on the field as well as with the dynamics of off-field relationships.
It was a day to come together to establish common goals and a language to identify these goals. The facilitators were creative in the avenues they used to help the players recognize their potential. From the first minute to the last they had the attention of our athletes. As a coach I hate to give up time with the ball; however, it was great to see who stepped up in different situations to lead the group or to watch the quiet supporters fulfill their role.
The experience was tremendous for the players as individuals and for us as a team. We continue to revisit moments from our day away from the campus and the game as we prepare for our next game, our next opponent."
- Lisa Petruccelli, USM Women's Soccer Coach, August 2010
"FOCUS through Adventure was a wonderful, team building experience for our group at Tom's of Maine. We found new ways to work together to strengthen our team!"
- Laurie Bridges, HR Manager
"The activities at Sweetser brought our group together as a whole. We learned effective communication skills, teamwork and new things about ourselves that we didn’t know existed. In particular, “the wall” was a challenging task, which required team strategy and effort. Being pushed and pulled up the wall was an invigorating experience because you had to trust the people behind you and above you. Overall, Sweetser was an incredible experience and I would love to go back!"
- Abbie Morneault, Orientation Advisor, UNE
"The faculty at Sweester provided us with a safe environment where we were able to step out of our comfort zone and try something different. I was rather hesitant to climb the wall as our final challenge, but with the help of my fellow peers and the encouragement of the faculty and staff, I was able to make it over."
- Wendy Lawson, Orientation Advisor, UNE
"Sweetser was a lot of fun and very beneficial to our team. Their program was meaningful, and brought our group together on a whole new level. Leaving Sweetser, I felt as though I knew my teammates better, and felt confident about the trust and bonds that I had formed throughout the day."
- Kalyn Sullivan, Orientation Advisor, UNE
I always look forward to a trip to Sweetser. The ropes course is an adventure, presenting new challenges that always get harder. No matter how many times I go to Sweetser, I always leave with new growth as a leader. The ropes course brings a team together, making it more of a family at the end of the day."
- Laura Costin, Orientation Advisor, UNE
"The team building activities and low ropes elements at Sweetser really brings our team together. It is at that time during training where we are able to step off campus and train in a way that we can really step out there and have fun. The Sweetser staff and elements help to give our team another dimension and allow us to challenge ourselves."
- Alisha Tonks, Orientation Advisor, UNE
Sampling of Adult Clients:
- Novo Nordisk, Inc. Maine Sales Team
- Tom’s of Maine, Sanford Maine
- United Way of York County
- Westbrook School Department Leadership Team
- KIEVE Leadership School, Nobleboro
- First Parish Congregational Church Council, Saco
- University of New England
- West School, Portland School District
Sampling of Youth Clients:
- Gray-New Gloucester Varsity Girls Soccer Team
- Gorham, NH, Varsity Girls Soccer Team
- York Varsity Girls Soccer Team
- Thornton Academy Varsity Boys Soccer Team
- The Compass School, Westminster, VT
- Coastal Studies for Girls, Freeport, ME
- USM Upward Bound
- Eco-Action Environmental Camp, Waynflete, Portland
- Kennebunkport Parks and Recreation
- Breakwater School, Portland
- Diversity Leadership Institute, Orono
- Berwick Academy, S. Berwick
- Velocity Soccer Club, Saco
- Jordan-Small Middle School, Raymond
- Seacoast Hockey Club, Dover, NH
What Our Clients Are Saying
I used to live at Sweetser's Sanford Group Home many years ago and living there did me a lot of good. I didn't realize it at the time, but they taught me so much and taught me how to be a member of society. They taught me how to do things that my mom would never have shown me. I just wanted to...