Pine Lake Challenge Course
Looking for the perfect place to foster relationships through fun outdoor challenges? The Pine Lake Challenge Course is just the place for you!
As one of Connecticut's longest standing Challenge Courses, we offer adventure programming that inspires growth for groups of all kinds including teammates from schools, private agencies, community organizations, and corporate groups. Using creative experiential-based initiatives, your group will discover more about themselves and each other through engaging, fun-filled experiences all led by our specially trained and seasoned facilitators.
The Pine Lake Challenge Course is a professional facility nestled in the woods of a forty acre public park in Bristol, CT and offers more than 40 different low and high elements. Stations are constructed of ropes, steel cables, and obstacles sitting in a grove of majestic pines. All of our activities are designed to provide a challenge that will surely test your skills!
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Our Challenge Course programs require individuals within the group to work together to overcome obstacles in order to be successful. The elements test teamwork, communication skills, creativity, and the degree of cooperation within the group. All elements can be modified to meet the age ability of each group and stations can be adapted to provide comparable experiences for individuals with physical challenges.
In addition, we can deliver our programs to a group or community off-site. For each program we custom design a meaningful experience involving games, initiatives and portable elements intended to challenge and build the team's trust, perseverance, and leadership.
Listed below are seven basic program areas that successfully use adventure-based education:
- Community Development
- Professional Development
- Physical Education/Recreation
- Spiritual Development
The Pine Lake Challenge Course operates using the Challenge-By-Choice model meaning the challenges each participant takes on are by choice. Participants are periodically asked to evaluate their progress toward their chosen goal. Instructors and peers offer constructive feedback and support that encourages the growth of each individual within the group. So whether you're 9 or 69 years old, our adventure-based facility will provide a worthwhile experience helping you and your group learn and grow.
Meet our core team
Lisa Cheney, CHALLENGE Course Coordinator
(860) 314-4690, ext. 2, LisaCheney@bristolct.gov
Growing up in rural New England, Lisa developed a deep appreciation for the great outdoors at an early age. While working as a corporate trainer, she discovered adventure education and fell in love with the way the model facilitates the building of healthy communities. Lisa has spent over 20 years working on challenge courses throughout New England facilitating students from kindergarten through college, adult learners, and diverse populations. She is well versed in teaching team skills, community development, personal growth, and diversity. Lisa has designed and delivered curriculums which tie into common core in the classroom and are successfully taught on the course - proving that some of the best classrooms have no walls.
Don Gagliardi, technical coordinator and lead facilitator
(860) 314-4690, ext. 5125, email@example.com
Peggy wagner, Human Resources Developer/Assistant Program Administrator and lead facilitator
(860) 314-4690, ext. 5124, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pine Lake Challenge Course was created as a result of the Bristol Community Leadership Team's development effort which involved schools, youth service bureaus, youth recreational organizations, as well as public and private non-profit agencies. Construction was made possible through funding received from the Connecticut State Department of Education and donations from businesses and private citizens. The primary purpose for the funding was to provide cooperative inter-district educational programs that would improve students' academic performance and to allow for quality multicultural experiences.