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Summit Challenge Course

The Summit Challenge Course provides a fun, challenging, and interactive experiential learning for groups of all ages and levels of ability interested in team building, enhancing communication, problem solving, trust skills, and building self confidence.

The goal of the Challenge Course is to provide safe, and educational experience for the Appleton Area School District community and the Fox Valley Area.

The Challenge Course is a series of ground, low and high activities that encourage a team to work together to complete a task. The course is made up of various cables, poles, and ropes that are anywhere from one foot off of the ground to 35 feet in the air.

With the help of trained facilitators, your group will be engaged in a progression. Safety on our ropes courses is our number one priority, that is why we reinforce “challenge by choice” on all of our activities / events.

  • Universal Accessibility for all ability levels
  • Offers a wide range of difficulty
  • Instructional sessions on technique
  • Belayed by trained facilitators
  • We will customize the experience to meet your needs!

It is located at Wilson Middle between Badger St. & Mason St. in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Programming takes place seven days a week, March through November by appointment and weather permitting. The course is not to be used without reservation or a facilitator present.


Adventure-based means taking calculated risks (physically, mentally, and/or emotionally). Risks used to challenge you may include: honesty, team-building, decision-making, speaking up in a group, playing with free abandonment, trust, and thinking in new and different ways or an individual. Depending on what your group leader scheduled, these activities will be "low" close to the ground or "high" in the air while attached to a safety (belay) rope, or a combination program of "low" and "high" challenges.


  • Loose, comfortable clothing in which you can easily move.
  • Shoes with closed-toes, soft soles, and no high heels (no open shoes or sandals).
  • Layers, so that you can adjust to the temperature (bring one more layer than you think you will need!).
  • Rain gear, and/ or clothes appropriate to the weather conditions (hats, gloves, etc.).


  • Water- there is no water on-site! Please bring at least two quarts of liquid to drink for yourself (water or sports drinks) In addition, your group may want to bring an extra container of hot drinks if you are coming on a cold day.
  • Food - You may bring food as it applies to your group’s schedule (check with your group leader).
  • Trash Bags - We don’t have on-site trash collection. Please, bring your own bags to pack out your trash.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent - We have little shade and sometimes plenty of mosquitoes.
  • Your medical and liability release forms. Your group leader has been sent liability release and medical forms to give to you in advance of attending. Be sure you read and sign them. You will be unable to participate without these signed forms! You’re encouraged to consult your medical professionals if you have any questions about your participation. Please, consult your physician if you’re pregnant or think you may be pregnant, and/or if you have any heart conditions.
Summit Challenge Course

Christopher Stratton
Challenge Course Coordinator