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Vertical Playpen

Summary: Want to learn more about Adventure and Experiential Education? Then this podcast is for you! Listeners of this podcast will get; - Adventure Programming Theory - Facilitation Tips - Activity Ideas - Industry Career Advice - Interviews from Industry Professionals High 5 Adventure Learning Center is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping individuals, teams, schools, communities and businesses improve the way they live, learn and work together. Connect with us at

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 College Outdoor Education | Clint McCarthy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:17

Clint McCarthy (Associate Professor of Outdoor Education, SUNY Adirondack) chats with Chris Damboise about lessons learned as a younger professional, what students can expect when joining the SUNY program and the impact SUNY Adirondack aims to have in their community. About the program:

 Ipswich Town Football Club | Brett Johnson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:40

Brett Johnson, the new owner of Ipswich Town Football Club, joins Phil to discuss why connecting with the supporters matters, qualities of good leadership that are important to him and how empowering your staff makes all the difference. Brett is the CEO of Benevolent Capital ( His current portfolio includes Ipswich Town Football Club, Phoenix Rising FC, FC Helsingor, Tucson FC and USL Rhode Island.

 Organizational Development | Mike Cardus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:10

Mike Cardus joins Phil to discuss how Experiential Education informs his work in Organizational Development, how the front loading of activities needs to be adapted when working with corporate audiences and how having hundreds of hula hoops at home can affect how your job is perceived by others. Learn more about Mike -

 How Soccer Explains Leadership | Phil Darke | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:18

Phil joins Phil to discuss qualities that he admires in leaders, why Soccer is truly the "beautiful game" and how it models leadership and life lessons. Phil is the co-host of the How Soccer Explains Leadership podcast and you can find it anywhere podcasts are found as well as their website -

 Ask Deep Questions | Jan Keck | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:59

Jan Keck joins Phil to discuss how he was introduced to the world of Experiential Learning, what he has learned over the last year about virtual facilitation and how to ask deep and meaningful questions. Learn more about Jan -

 Listener Questions - Introverted Facilitator & Favorite Icebreaker Question | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:26

In this episode aimed answering your questions, Phil read out some of the podcast reviews and answered the following questions; - Is there room for introverts in facilitation? - How do you stay genuine in a "performancy" profession? - What is your favorite icebreaker question? Submit all future questions to -

 Adventure Therapy | David Christian PhD and Danny McCarty PhD | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:14

In this episode, guests David Christian PhD (Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, University of Arkansas) and Danny McCarty PhD (Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling University of South Alabama) discuss; - Adventure Therapy - Adlerian Theory - Their article - "Using an Adventure Therapy Activity to Assess the Adlerian Lifestyle." Links to the article and more can be found at our website -

 BOOST Podcast Lounge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:25

This was a live audience episode recorded for the 2021 Virtual BOOST (Best of out-of-school time) Conference. Phil was joined by High 5 Trainer Rich Keegan, Justin McGlamery who is founder and Chief Locus Focuser for Focus Your Locus Teambuilding Training and Development and also Chris Ortiz, the Program Director for the Team Development Center at Shaver’s Creek and is an instructor for the Recreation Parks and Tourism Management Department at Penn State University.

 The Between Worlds Project | Andrew Alexander King | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:22

This week's guest, Andrew Alexander King, is a surfer, climber and mountaineer who is currently attempting to be the 1st African American to summit the highest mountain and highest volcano on each continent, 14 in total. We discuss how adventure became a part of his life, his thoughts on being a role model and mentor to younger climbers and surfers and what people can do to improve diversity in the outdoors. Follow him on his journey via his instagram - @andrew_alexander_king

 Activity Adaptation Tips for Facilitators - Being Intentionally Vague | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:18

After both presenting at a conference on 2 different topics Phil and Lisa had this unplanned conversation all about adapting your current activities and the benefits of not revealing too much information when facilitating.

 Mastering Feedback | Beth Wonson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:50

Beth Wonson, Author of Mastering Feedback: Everything You've Never Been Told About Giving Feedback, discusses with our guest host, Lisa Hunt, all about how to give feedback, how to receive feedback and strategies that both work and also don't work. Learn more about Navigating Challenging Dialogue here:

 Challenge Course Terminology | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:00

In this episode the Training Team (Chris, Lisa, Rich and Phil) discuss common heard terms in the Challenge Course industry and share their views on their appropriateness.  This episode is supported by Atomik Climbing Holds -

 Conditioning, Conduct and Consciousness | Vishwas Parchure | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:50

Vishwas Parchure, Director of the Experiential Leadership Institute in Pune India, discusses with Phil his first experiences with working in the outdoors, his thoughts on conditioning, conduct and consciousness and answers the question; can facilitation be taught? You can learn more about Vishwas and the work of the Experiential Leadership Institute here - This episode is supported by Atomik Climbing Holds -

 The Experiential Learning Cycle and Styles | Romy Alexandra | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:20

Romy Alexandra joins Phil to discuss her introduction to the world of Experiential Learning and then shares clear explanations of both the Experiential Learning Cycle and the Experiential Learning Styles.  You can get in touch and follow Romy at the following; LinkedIn - Romy Alexandra Instagram - @trainingbyromy FB - Romy Alexandra: Experiential Learning Trainer Email -

 Challenge Course Documentation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:52

The Training team (Chris, Lisa, Rich and Phil) talk about the different forms of documentation Challenge Course professionals should be aware of, including; - Local Operating Procedures (LOPs) - Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) - Inspection Reports - Challenge Course Portfolios This episode is supported by Sticker Mule -


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