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  LOW ROPES CHALLENGE
The Low Ropes Challenge contains two circuits of low-level challenge activities and problem-solving activities including Wild Woozy and Spiders Web.

Purpose
The design criteria for Bahru camp, catering to 12-14 year old participants was:- "In the lower secondary classes, the concept is to built confidence and acquire camping skills through the test of different low-level obstacles, rope confidence, and supervision for camping skills. It shall be designed with an element of fun so that cadets may be exposed to many activities in their younger years."

The Low Ropes Challenge has activities that demand concentration, tenacity, persistence and teamwork.

Obstacles in the Low Ropes Challenge:
  1. Tension Traverse
  2. Swinging Log
  3. Double cross
  4. Rebirth Canal
  5. Tarzan and Jane Swing
  6. Tired legs
  7. Multiple-Vine traverse
  8. Rolling Log
  9. Fidget ladder
  10. Wild Woozy
  11. Mohawk Walk
Spotters
Spotters are participants whose main role in the obstacles is to protect the participants back or head from injury during the activities.

Tension Traverse
The participant will walk on the tight cable holding the overhead rope as guidance and balance himself from one end to the other. Two spotters front and back to follow the participant.

Swinging Log
Balance and walk across the log from one end to the other. Spotters will also walk beside the participant on the each side lending their shoulders as support.

Double Cross
The participant will walk on the tight cable to the other end and navigate at the cross junction where two cables meet. Two spotters will follow the participant along.

Rebirth Canal
The participant will crawl from one end of the obstacle to the other end.

Tarzan and Jane Swings
The participant will sit on the rubber tube and swing across to the net climb over the latter safely.

Tired Legs
The participant will walk on two cables from one end to the other. Two spotters, positioned on the left and right side respectively, will follow the participant along the obstacle.

Multi Vine Traverse
The participant will walk on the cable, and reach out from one rope to the other rope towards the other end.

Rolling Log
The participant will balance while walking on the rolling log from one end to the other. The Spotter's role is to walk beside the participant on the each side lending their shoulders as support.

Fidget ladder
The participant will crawl up the ladder, balancing from one end to the other. The Spotter's role is to hold the ladder on each side to stabilise it.

Wild Woozy
Consisting of 2 participants, and with their palms together, they will lean towards each other and move from one end to the other as far as possible. The distance between the 2 participants will open up as they proceed towards the end of the obstacle.

Mohawk Walk
The participant will walk on the tight cable from one end to the other where each wire is of different height. Two Spotters front and back will follow and support the participant.


FORTRESS

Purpose
Rock climbing presents an opportunity to overcome a difficult challenge that extends the participants' perception of what they are capable of. Routes selected must be neither too easy nor impossible difficult if an optimum learning experience to occur.

Abseiling requires that participants maintain control and executes a technique they have been trained in despite the apprehension associated with walking backwards over an abyss.

Belaying provides an experience of needing to use training to avert dire consequences if a fall. This develops responsibility in the belay team and trust on the climber or abseiler.

The 75 meter Flying Fox requires commitment to leap from an exposed position experience.


GUN PLACEMENT
The Gun Aiming activity is a team effort to shoot accurately and rapidly at fixed targets.

Purpose
The activity is to develop teamwork and appreciation for an historic location.


MAZE
An historic ammunition storage room has been converted to a darkened Maze that can be navigated as a team challenge and has optional Rescue activity.

Purpose
This activity can be presented as a collapse building that must be navigated to an exit. A pit with plastic balls inside simulates a flooded area.

To add more challenge a victim can be placed in the northeast corner of the room and the group must find the victim and evacuate them on a stretcher.


INTERMEDIATE ROPES CHALLENGE
The Intermediate Ropes Challenge Tower consists of a square tower built on poles. These support a platform 7-metre above ground from which three loops of activities maybe started. Each loop consists of three 10-metre activities. While completing the activities cadets are attached to a continuous cable system via a Continuous Belay device. This device cannot be removed from the cable once the cadet starts moving.

There are three loops on the Intermediate Rope Challenge Tower:
West - Telpher Line Traverse, Burma Bridge, Multi-vine Traverse
South - Button Traverse, Commando Crawl, Rock Crossing
East - Tightrope Walk, Crevasse Ladder, Log Leap

Purpose
The Intermediate Ropes Challenge provides opportunities for older cadets and teacher officers to challenge themselves and actively promote the development of interpersonal and intra-personal relationships.


ADVANCED ROPES CHALLENGE
The Advance Ropes Challenge Tower consists of a square tower built of poles. These support a platform 9-metres above ground from which three loops of activities may be started. Each loop consists of three 15-metres activities. While completing the activities participants are attached to a continuous cable system via a Continuous Belay device. This device cannot be removed from the cable once the participant starts moving.

There are two loops on the Advanced Ropes Challenge Tower:
South - Tired Legs, Body Board Traverse, Skate Board Traverse
West - Monkey Business, Jacobs Ladder, Bicycle Ride

Purpose
The Advanced Ropes Challenge provides opportunities for older cadets (Secondary Four and above) and teacher officers to challenge themselves and actively promote the development interpersonal and intra-personal relationships.


TUNNEL ACTIVITY

The Tunnel Activity involves traversing a completely dark section of pipe 1-metre in diameter. The pipe contains two additional challenges:
  • A U-bend section, which is completely filled with plastic balls to simulate water.
  • A bifurcation with one section of the pipe reaching a dead-end.


Purpose
The Tunnel Activity presents both a personal challenge and an opportunity for participants to support each other in an unfamiliar environment.


LEAP OF HONOUR

Purpose
Ascending the Pamper Pole and leaping for the trapeze bar involves not only the physical stamina but the balance and control of the fear to stand on top. Jumping and then letting go of the trapeze bar can be frightening. Participants on the ground must work to support the person using the Pamper Pole.


DANGLE DUO

Purpose
Ascending the Dangle Duo is strenuous and requires teamwork, balance and commitment.


TEAM CHALLENGE PYRAMID
There are 14 activities that a team of up to 5-people must navigate to reach the platform at 20.2-metres. These activities spiral upwards around the tower with resting places in 3 Transition Boxes on the North side of the TCP. Protection is provided by the tethers that slide on a belay cable above each activity. Participants attach to the tethers and are also joined by a horizontal tether that keeps them ~700mm apart. At each pole participants must clip into a new set of tethers that are colour coded to make the process easier. Prior to use of the TCP Instructor must rig the entire tower with 14-sets of tethers.

Purpose
The Team Challenge Pyramid (TCP) provides an extraordinary opportunity for sustained teamwork.



DOUBLE FLYING FOX

Purpose
This dramatic and enjoyable activity can be used as a single event, with the added efficiency of having twice as many participants descending without needing more staff. Alternatively two participants can launch together. In either event the decision to commit to launching down a 160-metre cable is a significant act of courage. If two participants are tethered together then the element of teamwork is dramatically called into play.
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