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Indiana FFA Leadership Center Becomes Trailblazer in Low Ropes Training Course

Indiana FFA Leadership Center Becomes Trailblazer in Low Ropes Training Course
Low ropes course offers leadership training for youth, adult groups.

The Indiana FFA Leadership Center near Trafalgar does more than just host FFA events. It's open for a variety of uses.

For the first time, Joe Park, FFA Center director, says the Center actually can offer its own leadership session to any youth or adult groups who want to focus on team building. In the past, groups have usually rented the facility and brought in their own programming. Now you can rent the facility and also pay for a session on the low ropes course. The Indiana FFA Leadership Center is now believed to have the biggest low ropes course in central Indiana.

Team building time: Future facilitators were caught on camera in the middle of a training session on how to help groups use the low ropes course at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center.

The course involves a series of ropes tied to trees, but it is much more than that, Park says. Facilitators trained to take groups through the course know how to use it to help teach the importance of team building. To make it through the course, it's also a must for a group of people to learn how to work together. Otherwise, one or more people may be stranded and not make it through the course without help.

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It doesn't require great physical prowess to get through the course, Park says. He will describe it in more detail in FFA Corner in the August issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer.

Facilitators are only allowed to lead groups through the course if they have had extensive training at the facility, or another facility, in low ropes navigation, park says. If a group comes and the weather prevents use of the course, facilitators are also taught a number of unusual team building activities that can be completed indoors without the need to be outdoors.

Park expects that about 2,000 school children plus a number of other groups will use the facility and the low ropes course this year. He looks for it to attract more people in the future.

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