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Leadership & Teambuilding for  Youth

ExCEL's challenge course program is an outdoor adventure into self-confidence, clearer communication and new perspectives. Through the experience, the students' cooperation and trust in others will grow. We use dynamic outdoor activities to translate leadership skills immediately into real-life situations. ExCEL can be used to complement traditional education. It is a great leadership building activity for schools, sports teams, youth organizations and church groups.

"One of the highlights of each school year for the 8th graders at The Anthony School is participating in the 4H Center's ExCEL Program.  Taking place in a magnificent outdoor setting, the instruction from program leaders is invaluable with regards to leadership, team building, trust, and accountability.  Our students always come away more prepared to engage the challenges they will encounter in life, both individually and with others."
-Justin Brady, The Anthony School

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  • Teaches trust in self and others. 
  • Develops team players and spirit.
  • Increases motivation and personal performance.
  • Provides experiential, effective communication.
  • Builds self-confidence in abilities.
  • Participants are guided through the program by University of Arkansas educators who are experienced in working with youth and adults.

"This program gave a tremendous boost to their self confidence and made a lasting impression on them. They want to come back every month! We had a great experience. I was most impressed!"
-Angie Freel, County Extension Agent- 4-H 

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  • FAQ

    What is the ideal group size?
    We work with groups that are anywhere from four to 250 people. We normally subdivide into smaller groups of 15-20 people.

    What is the age limit?
    ExCEL participants need to be age 13 and older. Especially for the high ropes course. The ExCEL program is suited for youth 8th grade and up and adults of all ages.

    Is your zip line open to the public?
    Our zip line is part of our team building and leadership program. Groups must book an ExCEL program in order to do our zip line.

    What is the weight limit for your zip line and high challenge course?
    300 lbs.

    What if some team members are not the most physically fit or have physical limitations?
    We can tailor our programs appropriate for your team's level of fitness. During the planning phase of your team building program we take into account limitations of the team members and plan accordingly. If physical limitations are unknown until the program starts, our trained facilitators will do their best to modify and work with the limitation.

    How much lead time do you need to book an event?
    We prefer at least one-month lead time, but we have been known to facilitate a program the day after we received the initial request. Give us a call or send an email and we will do our best to meet your specific needs. 

    How much time is needed for the ExCEL Program? 
    The amount of time needed for the program is dependent upon the type of event and the number of participants. Most events start at 2 hours in length and then vary depending on the focus, needs, and goals of the program. Our most popular event is our full day (8 hours) event.

    How much time is needed for the high challenge course?
    Our high ropes course is part of our full day experience. It is usually done in the afternoon and takes at least three hours for a group of 20 participants to complete.

    Do most of your programs take place outside?
    Yes, most of our programs are outdoors. However, team building events can be designed for an outdoor or indoor venue. Fixed challenge course elements are outside.

    How should I dress?
    Dress so you can be physically active and comfortable.  We highly recommend wearing closed toed shoes during our team building programs.  Closed toed shoes are required at our high challenge elements such as the high ropes course, climbing tower, and Giant’s Ladder.   

    What do you do in case of inclement weather?
    Many of our groups choose to do the event despite the weather.  Most of our team building challenges can be altered for indoors.  As long as the weather is not dangerous, we give groups the option to continue with the program as planned.  However, if rescheduling is the only option, your deposit is good for six months after the original program date.  

    What is the investment cost?
    The investment is dependent upon the number of participants and the logistics of each program.  Contact us to discuss your exact needs.

    Do you travel to other locations?
    Yes!  ExCEL facilitators can travel to other locations.  We have offered programs to our clients in a wide variety of venues all over the state.    

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Arkansas Outdoor School

Come to the Arkansas Outdoor School - a day of learning your students will never forget!  We offer an exceptional learning in a natural setting.

AOS can build the right program for your group or class, whether it's a day, overnight or a multi-day visit.  We create a unique opportunity for students to learn in a setting away from the traditional classroom.

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SEEK is a science enrichment program for home-schooled students in Arkansas.  Students attend classes one day per week for 12 weeks and leave the program with over 60 hours of lessons and labs.  Lessons include dissections, life science, geology, and more!

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Day Camp

The Arkansas Outdoor School is proud to offer the AOS Summer Day Camp for 7-15 year olds.  Each day camp session has be tailored to give campers a chance to get out and explore, discover and learn about the world around them and have fun in the process. All camp activities place an emphasis on team work, self esteem, communication and cooperation.

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4-H Overnight Camps

The Arkansas 4-H Camping Program offers camping and training opportunities for youth 5-19 years old and adults. Our overnight camps take place at the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center 10 miles west of Little Rock.  Canoeing, swimming, archery, fishing, rock wall climbing, high ropes challenge course, and off-site backpacking/canoeing adventures are just some of the exciting possibilities.

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