Today, approximately ten thousand ropes courses exist in schools, camps, therapeutic institutions, and park districts in the United States with about 250 more being built every year. So what makes ropes courses so popular among children?
For starters, climbing is a developmental instinct. Soon after birth, children employ built in natural instincts to seek, see, explore, touch, and move objects and build mental and physical capabilities leading to initial climbing skills. Children are wired to learn and learning by climbing carries benefits in skill development, health, fitness, and injury prevention. And, of course, there’s the recreational benefits! They climb to explore, to compete, to tap into their imagination and play make-believe, to chase their friends, and so much more.
In the process of challenging the high ropes course, children can be directly exposed to nature. It is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. The ropes course, and similar climbing activities have also been shown to reduce stress by increasing levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps balance our brain’s response to stress.
High ropes course have many benefits for children. If you are interested in it, please feel free to contact us.