One of the activities supported on POET camps are high and low ropes. So why do we use high ropes in programs?
Our programs use adventurous activities to create a progression of challenges that ask students to both push themselves personally and work together as a group.
One of the activities utilised on POET camps are ropes courses with both low and high elements. Low ropes elements have challenges low to the ground where safety support is in the form of a team of spotters (catchers). High ropes elements require some climbing to height, negotiating different challenges either on the way up or along structures when they get there. They are attached via a safety rope to a belaying team that includes some of their peers.
Both personal and social responsibility are paramount for students to complete their chosen challenges safely. The participant takes personal responsibility for choosing the level of challenge appropriate for them and following required procedures. Their group takes responsibility for carrying out their role in the safety support team and encouraging their team mate to achieve their goal.
We believe the progression from low ropes to high ropes is important. Low ropes elements strengthen confidence and teamwork before trying the ‘scarier’ high elements that can be up to 6m off the ground. Students learn how to participate safely as both a ‘climber’ and as part of the safety (spotting) team. The confidence in their ability to be successful and the confidence in their team to keep them safe is established in low ropes. This then gives them greater confidence to take on the high elements.
On our programmes students have the opportunity to accomplish tasks as a team in a fun, cooperative environment. Our belief is that all students should leave with a sense of belonging to their group and a high level of personal achievement. In the process of working through activities such as a ropes course, valuable lessons in communication, trust, problem solving, personal limits, empathy and leadership are learnt.