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Portable Challenge

Portable Challenge Courses

Portable Challenge Courses are a series of problem-solving activities that can be transported and delivered nearly anywhere, indoors or outside.

They are essentially the same as those found on a low rope course they just come to you or your desired location. These Portable Challenge Courses present physical and mental challenges designed to improve existing interpersonal skills and help participants overcome barriers to personal and group growth.

These courses reinforce themes of support, leadership, communication, feedback, problem-solving, and group decision-making. Half, full, and multi-day Portable Challenge Courses are available.

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Portable Challenge Course Advantages

  • Portable – Allows camp Fire NW Ohio to take the learning from our Low Ropes course at Camp Glen to anywhere we might go.
  • Fun – The portable challenge course is fun! Students love learning team and leadership skills through the fun and engaging activities.
  • Age Appropriate – Camp Fire NW Ohio staff can alter lessons and activities to fit the need for all ages.
  • Creative – All our portable challenge courses instill and encourage creative thinking for all students.
  • Team – All challenges require a team effort to complete. Camp Fir NW Ohio staff are trained to facilitate users through challenges, but will never give answers. With the Portable Challenge Course, it’s up to the group to achieve!


Goals are determined by first the group organizer (teacher, principal, or group leader). Then the participants are given a chance to add goals before or during their Portable Challenge Courses. A few examples include:

  • Trust building between participants
  • Create an atmosphere where participants feel comfortable enough to ‘stretch’ personally and as a group beyond self-imposed limits.
  • For new group members to be introduced into the group
  • Create a positive team in all group members
  • Creating a growth mindset in the group.


Woven into every Camp Fire experience is our proven framework for thriving, We call it Thrive{ology}. It’s a research-based, measurable approach to youth development. Created in partnership with the Thrive Foundation for Youth, our approach enables youth to achieve their full potential through four components: SparksGrowth MindsetGoals, and Reflection. All Portable Challenge Course activities include at least one, if not all, of the components of the Thrive Methodology. With the help of group leaders, Camp Fire NW Ohio helps design Portable Challenge Course activities to fit your group’s needs.

List Of Activities

  • Ice Breaker Activities
  • Bottle Rockets
  • Getting To Know You Activities
  • Group Scavenger Hunts
  • Egg Drop Activities
  • Conflict Resolution Activities/Skits
  • PVC Pipe Games
  • Critical Thinking Activities
  • Reflection And Debrief Activities

Our Promise

Young people want to shape the world.

Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

In Camp Fire, it begins now.

Light the fire within