TeamOdyssey is an exhilarating experience that combines group development initiatives on the ground with team-centered climbing activities on the Odyssey High Ropes Course at the University of Richmond. Much more than just a physical challenge, TeamOdyssey is a challenging, yet inclusive experience that forges permanent bonds among participants. TeamOdyssey’s programs are designed for 5th grade through college aged students. Activities are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning to reinforce concepts students are learning in the classroom.
Note: 2 hour selection not available for Team Odyssey
The Common Ground program promotes diversity, respect, empathy and building meaningful relationships through inclusive activities and reflection. The problem-solving initiatives presented require clear communication, social engagement and effective teamwork. Through carefully timed "interventions" and debriefs, participants are reminded to be mindful of how they are influencing the group process.
The Lost Dutchman is a table-top simulation activity, based on the legend of the “Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine” in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. The challenge requires teams to absorb and analyze information, identify problems, making choices regarding collaboration and evaluating the consequences of their decisions. Lost Dutchman focuses on the ethical responsibility of considering the well being of others along the way to reaching a goal.
Team building isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience at Challenge Discovery. Our programs are customized to fit the specific needs of each group. We base our recommendations on the size of your group, the time you have available and the goals you want to achieve while you’re here.
Every TeamOdyssey program includes a mixture of high ropes work on the Odyssey Course and problem-solving activities on the ground. While some participants are often eager to hurry up and get to the aerial challenges, the ground initiatives are great for bringing groups together and preparing them for the hard work they’ll do once they’re high up.
Please review our three course length options.
In the 1/4 course program, your group will spend about two-thirds of the time participating in ground-based initiatives and team problem-solving activities. These ground-based activities build meaningful and lasting relationships among peers, break down social barriers and create a level playing field on which everyone can participate and equally contribute to the success of the team. The other third of the day will be spent tackling two aerial challenges in the Odyssey Course. There, students will be able to take their teamwork skills to a new level and with the support of their team, accomplish things they didn't think were possible.
In the 1/2 course program, your group will spend about half of the time participating in ground-based problem solving-activities and half of the time in the Odyssey Course. This is a more intense experience, involving four aerial challenges instead of two. Both the ground initiatives and ropes course adventures help the group learn how to work together to achieve challenging goals.
This is our most physically challenging option. The group will spend more than two-thirds of the time in the Odyssey Course and will work to complete all eight aerial team challenges. It's important to understand, however, that the Odyssey Course is not a "pay for play" adventure park. This program requires commitment, stamina, courage and selflessness. Teams that complete the full course understand that anything is possible when they work together, support and encourage one another and are willing to take risks and fail.
Now click the option below that best fits your number of participants, time commitment and course option and we'll lead you through the rest of the way!
Coordinators are responsible for ensuring everyone in their group is fully prepared to participate in their Challenge Discovery program. This checklist will help you with the requirements. Questions? Call us 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays at (804) 876-9733.
Please note that we do not track form submittal on our end, so we encourage coordinators to make sure all participants have signed the Participant Agreement form. To do this, check this Form Submission Spreadsheet for the names of your group members. If you’d like to search for their name or sort in alphabetical order, you can copy and paste the list into a new document.