challenge course

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Penn-York Camp features an exceptional seasonal outdoor High & Low Elements Challenge Course with indoor options available for inclement weather. The Challenge Course is a great way to increase personal confidence, build group unity, and to push personal limits in a safe environment.

The Challenge Course is open for groups to schedule from the first of April - October.

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Phone: 814-848-9811


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Is there a waiver that will need to be signed?

Yes. There is an Adventure Waiver that will be sent to you when you schedule your group. (This waiver can also be accessed by clicking on the link below) This waiver will need to be signed by everyone who plans to participate, and minors will also need a signature of a legal guardian. 

Click Here: For our Adventure Waiver

How long does this take?

You can schedule either a half day or a full day on our challenge course. A half day is usually between 3-4 hrs long, arrival time can be scheduled for either the morning or afternoon. If you schedule a half day, you will have the option to do either the high elements or the low elements, but not both. To get the full experience you will want to schedule a full day. A full day is usually around 8 hrs with a lunch break, and groups will want to arrive in the morning. Normally a group that does a full day will do the Low Elements and team building in the morning, and then after lunch end with the High Elements experience.

How does reserving the challenge course work?

You will need to call ahead to reserve your challenge course event. Penn-York Camp books groups on a first come first serve basis, so the further in advance you can schedule your event the better. Call us to discuss available dates.

Are there any age requirements?

Penn-York Camp recommends ages 10 and up.

Are there any weight limits?

Yes. The zipline has a 250 lb weight limit. There is no weight limit on the rest of the course.

What is the smallest group size that you will take? 

Our pricing starts at ten people. You can bring a group smaller than 10, however you would have to pay for 10 people.

What is the largest group size that you will take?

We don't recommend a group size larger than 25 for the High Elements.

We don't recommend a group size larger than 50 on the Low Elements.

How much time do we need to set aside for a challenge course event?

Penn-York Camp can work with your schedule. We recommend that you set aside at least three hours for either the high or low elements. If your group has special time constraints. Call and talk to us. We would be glad to work something out.

Do we have to schedule both High and Low Elements?

No. We have many groups who only do one or the other.

Is the Challenge Course Safe?

Yes. The course undergoes an annual inspection by certified challenge course builders, and the challenge director inspects the equipment after and before use to ensure it's reliability. In addition, all of our facilitators have undergone training certifying them to operate our Challenge Course.

Does the camp prepare meals for challenge course groups?

Yes. For groups 15 or larger, just ask for a meal when you schedule a day on our challenge course. Note: there is an extra cost when a meal is served for a group.

High Element Descriptions

The purpose of our high elements is to push comfort zones, develop personal confidence, and to have a ton of fun.

Challenge Course

Penn-York Camp and Retreat Center has a static belay course that is connected to our zip tower. It sports two different levels, each with four different challenges per level. Once on a level, a participant can do all the elements on that level, and then travel to the zipline without ever touching the ground.

Zip Line

  • Featuring a 500 foot zipline. This is a great way to end after all the other elements have been accomplished.

30 Foot Level

  • Burma Bridge: This is a good starter element that has a metal cable to walk on and a rope on each side of you to use for support as you cross the span between poles.
  • Broken Bridge: On a series of narrow boards that are irregularly spaced and twisted, you cross to the other side.
  • Multi-Vine: Crossing from one platform to another, you walk a cable and use dangling ropes as your supports.
  • Bottomless Burma: This one has two cables to hold as you walk, but there is no bottom cable. You must step from one loop of rope to another to get to the other side. 
  • Tyrolean Traverse: Once all the elements on the 30 foot level have been completed, a participant can use the Tyrolean Traverse to travel to the zipline.
20 Foot Level
  • Catwalk: A parallel telephone pole stretches from one platform to the other. Walk the log without any support
  • Cheese Grater: Here you'll find two metal cables to walk on with nothing to hold onto for support. Walk on both, or try using just one.
  • Pirates Crossing: Walk a metal 'tight rope' cable use two ropes, each slanted to meet at the middle of the cable, and each only long enough to take you half-way.
  • Surf Boards: Suspended boards are tricky to cross as each swings while you walk.
  • Tyrolean Traverse: Once all the elements on the 20 foot level have been completed, a participant can use the Tyrolean Traverse to travel to the zipline.
Additional Dynamic Belay Elements
  • Pull Team/Cargo Net: For larger groups, work as a team to pull each participant up to one of the levels. The participant will be able to use the cargo net to climb to the desired level.
  • Leap of Faith (pamper pole): While on a dynamic belay you will climb the staples in a pole and then jump to a trapeze that hangs in front of you.
  • Easy Climbing Wall: A forty foot straight up climb with many holds
  • Hard Climbing Wall: A forty foot straight up climb with an overhang to climb over. Both the easy and hard wall have additional climbing routes for participants who want a challenge.
  • Centipede:  Use staples to climb a series of four by fours while the whole challenge swings back and forth.

Low Elements

The Low Elements are a series of low to the ground elements designed to handle groups from ten to fifty people. They are created with group participation in mind; requiring teamwork, communication, and critical thinking to accomplish. On the low elements, success is dependent on the cooperation of the team as a whole: individuals do not succeed by leaving the rest of the group behind. The goal is achieved by the success of the entire group.

Disclaimer: The descriptions below are based off of story-lines that we tell to set up the challenge, and don't reflect actual danger.

  1. Crocodile Pit: While using limited equipment, cross the pit without falling in and being eaten by the crocodile.
  2. Zap: Start inside the electric fence and work your way out without touching it or going under it.
  3. Swamp Crossing: Maneuver from post to post across the swamp on planks without falling off or loosing any gear.
  4. Noah’s Ark: (Also known as the “Whale Watch.”) Load the platform two by two without letting it touch down on either end. “Keep your head or you’ll sink the ship!”
  5. T. P. Shuffle: It’s a telephone pole on the ground. Line up on it and rearrange the order without getting off.
  6. All Aboard: This small platform can hold a lot of people. Can everyone get off the ground?
  7. The Wall: Just a ten foot wall in the middle of the woods. Can you get your team over?
  8. Trust Fall: How well do you trust your friends? Stand on a platform, fall backwards and find out.
  9. Peanut Butter Pit: (Alias “Nitro Crossing”, or “Amazon River”, etc.) Stand on a platform, Get the rope, swing to the other side, but don’t touch the pit or you’ll be fried!
  10. Wild Woozy: It’s a metal cable triangle about knee high. With the help of your partner see how far you can go from the narrow end heading toward the wide one.
  11. Tension Traverse: On the same cable triangle, get your group to go the whole way around it without touching down. 
  12. Mohawk Walk: Five cables strung in series. It’s a tight rope challenge from start to finish.
  13. Spider’s Web: Get everyone through without wiggling the web!
  14. Giant’s Finger: Take the ring off the sleeping giants finger, without him waking up.
  15. Over Under Through: Get your group over the wall, through the crack in the wall, and under the door, but don't mess up the sequence given or you will lose.
  16. 3D Spiders Web: We know how much you hate getting caught in spider's webs, so we made a huge one that your entire group has to get through.

Blue Run Rocks

Another part of our Challenge Course program is a nearby, natural made rock climbing spot in Tioga State Forest. Blue Run Rocks offers climbs that range from easy to difficult and everything in between. This is a great place to make your introduction to Rock Climbing. 

Call the office for information! 814-848-9811