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Challenge Course/Total Team Experience


We offer both half-day, 4 hours, and full day, 8 hours, experiences to develop your team. These programs can incorporate our group initiatives (ground based), low ropes (ground based), Team Tower, high ropes, or a combination of the two. We feel that teams need to spend time on the ground developing their support and communication structure prior to experiencing either our Team Climbing Tower or High Ropes Course. Participants will leave with an experience full of learning moments, memories, and a keepsake from the Beth Haltiwanger Retreat Center.


Challenge Course / Total Team Experiences include access to lodges. There will be no additional Lodge Day Use cost. This provision allows groups access to refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, ice machine and fresh water. Groups can have indoor meeting space, break out rooms, and access to restroom facilities.


For pricing for your Adventure Challenge program, please call or email Quinton McKissick, Director of Outdoor Leadership & Recreation


( Quinton.mckissick@pfeiffer.edu , (704) 463-3189).

Important Forms and Documents

To schedule your visit experience, please complete the Challenge Course program Questionnaire. All Team Adventure Challenge Course forms are due to the Center for Outdoor Leadership two weeks in advance of your challenge course program.

Please download the Travel Directions and What to Bring Checklist to assist you in your experience.

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Mission and Values


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The Center for Outdoor Leadership (COL) provides experiential education programs using outdoor adventure recreation, challenge course facilitation, and co-curricular programs, to focus on leadership development. COL furthers the liberal arts education of students, faculty, and greater Pfeiffer community through opportunities designed to promote personal growth, social interactions and environmental stewardship

COL supports the University’s mission of developing “Servant Leaders” by providing opportunities for students to serve as student leaders, facilitators, and community role models. Experiential leadership development programs are designed to encourage student organizations, Pfeiffer Journey courses, and athletic teams to think globally and act locally – supporting the COL motto of, “Serving today. Leading tomorrow.” This provides a unique educational experience for our student body and fosters the development of leadership skills and outdoor ethics in COL student trip leaders and facilitators.

  • COL promotes environmental stewardship through Leave No Trace principles and safe outdoor experiences following the industry standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology, American Mountain Guide Association, American Canoe Association, Wilderness Medical Institute and Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities.


Our Mission

The Center for Outdoor Leadership is committed to providing experiential leadership and team developmental programs using outdoor adventures and challenge course programs to further the liberal arts experience of students, faculty, and community members of Pfeiffer University. We provide diverse opportunities to expand horizons through personal growth, social interactions, and environmental service work. In addition, COL fosters the development of leadership skills and outdoor ethics in our student facilitators and trip leaders through positions of responsibility and trainings.

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We are committed to a positive learning environment where students thrive physically, mentally and spiritually through a strong sense of community.

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