Vertical Playpen show

Vertical Playpen

Summary: Join the staff at High 5 as they explore the many components of Adventure and Experiential education. 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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 Trainer Tips - 1st Impressions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:00

Does neat gear storage and wearing the same style of harness as your participants positively affect the 1st impressions of your challenge course operations?...YUP! Phil discusses these 2 things.

 Social Justice Facilitation | Meg Bolger | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:01

Meg talks with Phil about social justice facilitation, navigating your triggers and her upcoming new product - Facilitator Cards. Find out more about Meg and Facilitator Cards here:

 World Knot Tying Day 2019 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:56

December 18th is World Knot Tying Day, marking the birthday of legendary knot enthusiast and author Clifford Ashley. To celebrate this the training team got together to talk about knots, knots and more knots. #worldknottyingday

 The Struggle is Real | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:41

Companion episode to our recent blog post - A Force to Reckoned With - Helium Hoop. Lisa, Rich and Phil discuss intentionally adding struggle and frustration into their programming. Lisa will be running a pre-conference workshop at ACCT titled "The Struggle is Real" - register here:

 Dr. Chris Cavert - FUNdoing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:36

Chris talks with Phil about the influence summer camp had on him, the importance of defining your mission and vision and the power in sharing and adding to your stories. Find more about Chris at

 The Name of the Game - Gardener and Scamp | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:29

Ryan, Rich, Sam and Phil look through antique game books (some over 100 years old) with the task of identifying how to play the games with only the name and a few other clues to help. In this episode the games to identify are Gardener and Scamp, and Bull in the Ring.

 The Name of the Game - Dumb Crambo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:50

Ryan, Rich, Sam and Phil look through antique game books (some over 100 years old) with the task of identifying how to play the game with only the name and few other clues to help. In this episode the games to identify are Dumb Crambo and Old Man Old Man.

 Bill Waite and Rolland Krohn - Oswegatchie Educational Center | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:01

Jamie, High 5 Lead Builder, returns to his previous place of employment to chat with Bill Waite, Program Director and Rolland Krohn, Ropes Course Director about the FFA, how they got their start in Adventure programming and advice they would give to future professionals.

 Professional Development | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:33

The Training Team (Chris, Lisa, Rich and Phil) discuss places where they have gained professional development outside of the field of challenge course operations and how integrating topics you are interested and/or passionate about can enhance your programming.

 Name Games | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:44

The Training team (Chris, Lisa, Rich and Phil) discuss in great detail the importance of name games, when to use them and what their "go-to" activities are for learning participant names. This is in response to a question sent in by Megan Meinen of UVM. Thanks Megan for the great question!

 Marty Daigle - Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:30

Marty took some time after taking an ACCT Level 2 Certification Exam to chat with Phil about adaptive programming, the joy of "getting" to go to work instead of "having" to go to work and shares his challenges with operating a challenge course.

 Trainer Tips - Real vs Fake Jobs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:01

Lisa Hunt, Senior Trainer and Manager of Team Development, discusses the difference between real and fake jobs that we give to our participants when operating a challenge course with the desire to manage behavior. Find the conversation between Lisa and Ken Demas here:

 Dr. Amy Climer - Climer Consulting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:43

Amy talks with Phil about her advice to students when embarking on a career in experiential education, thoughts on the future of the industry and also a couple of tips and insights on Climer Cards.

 Karen Malm and Patrick Wright - Camp Agawam | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:30

Chris, Director of Training and Team Development, speaks with Karen (Assistant Director) and Patrick (Head Counselor) about the history of Camp Agawam, building a new challenge course and how it benefits both the campers and the staff who operate it.

 Trainer Tips - Ego | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:50

Jim Grout, Executive Director of High 5, discusses how ego can be problematic when operating a challenge course and how being a "chameleon" can help when teaching others.


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