By Anthony Morales |Staff Writer|
CSUSB is expanding the Recreational Sports Center by introducing the first Leadership Challenge course behind the Coussoulis Arena in upcoming months.
It’s scheduled release was Feb. 5 but has been postponed due to permits and campus reviews.
The 50-foot-high obstacle course is being funded by the collaboration of Associated Student Inc. (ASI) and Student Success Initiative (SSI) as a class gift for 2012.
The course will consists of multiple obstacles such as the cat walk, rock climbing wall, cargo nets and multiple zip lining.
The challenge course is offered to all students, faculty, staff, on and off campus organizations, potential future students and community members to develop team-building and leadership skills at a minimal cost. To participate in the course a reservation must be made with a group of two or more.
Oswood described the course as, “A tool for learning and developing leadership skills, it’s recreational but educational. We want the groups to have fun and talk about what they learned, understood and apply the learning outside the course towards school work, family life, and work place.”
In addition to the higher section of the challenge course there will be a lower section of easier challenges. The two course in one allows a team of two to eight members to participate in ice breakers, team building, problem solving and goal setting activities throughout the program.
Being familiar and experienced with the challenge course, Oswood was the founding director of the UC Riverside Challenge Course in 2002. It was his mid range goal since being a member of the Rec Center to develop a similar course program like other universities such as his very own.
Some of the programs will last two through six hours depending on the size of the groups. First, the teams will get a feel of the dynamic of fun exercises to build trust.
“We first start the process of setting up a good foundation of trust, support, communication, problem solving and encouragement,” said Oswood. “As the group grows, individuals are more likely to get out their comfort zone and take a risk.”
The course may be intimidating for first time users but Oswood believes 90 percent will triumphant after attempting to give it a try.
The Recreation Sports Center along with ASI and Student Associates are hoping individuals who participate will gain a positive outlook with the course.
Oswood explains that this course will save students money, build more of a campus life for great opportunities they didn’t have before and it’s unlike anything in the area. He hopes to have students come out and have a great positive experience with fellow students and make a great connection.
On a final note he said, “Hopefully the individuals will apply theories of leadership in their classes, and opportunities to grow with team work and leadership.”