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Common Ground

An Adventure/Challenge Curriculum Designed to Build Community and Teamwork

Common Ground is Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center's low-element challenge course program for school groups, scouting troops, church groups, and community organizations. This program utilizes the activities of the challenge course experience and pulls together an opportunity for students to work together to gain understanding of cooperation skills and teamwork concepts.


The goal of the Common Ground program is for students to discover they are not just an individual member of a class, but that they can accomplish great things when they become members of a common team!
  • Decision-making Skills
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Leadership
  • Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Trust-Building
  • Collaboration and Co-Operation
  • Self-Evaluation
  • Self-Control

These are ALL skills that students are introduced to during their participation in the Common Ground program.


This program is incredibly active for your students. In addition to a series of warm-up games and group initiatives, our challenge course offers a variety of different low-element station. Each activity at the course is designed to help students work as a group to accomplish the goals, task, and obstacles set by a trained facilitator. Our facilitators are highly knowledgeable in the group processing experience, and are skilled at the art of identifying and understanding the group process.

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