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Ropes, Games and Activities in Nature courses

Course name: Ropes Courses, Games and Activities in Nature
Course number: PSPP700
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 3 ECTS
Contact Hours: 32 (5 days)
Term: Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Course meeting times: Will be updated
Course meeting place: Will be updated

Professor: Mgr. Lucie Kalkusová, Mgr. Tomáš Brtník

Contact Information:
Office address: D125
Office hours: Will be updated

Course Description

This practical course introduces students to different outdoor activities and provides a model program for schools and leisure centers. Students will experience different types of games (ice-breakers, trust games, problem-solving games, etc.) and activities in nature (ropes courses, orienteering, via-ferrata, abseiling, etc.). After completing the course, students will be able to design simple ropes courses and prepare programs using them. They will have learned how to work with maps for orienteering, and they will understand the principles of preparing, leading and reflecting upon games in nature.

Learning Objectives
Students will:
– Understand how to prepare programs in nature, including different kinds of games and reviewing them.
– Learn how to tie simple knots and build low rope courses.
– Learn how to work with maps for orienteering.

Course Prerequisites
No prerequisites

Methods of Instruction
Mostly practical lessons outdoors, referring to learning objectives.
Pair work – building ropes courses.
Theoretical lectures using PowerPoint presentations and group discussions.

Assessment and Final Grade

1. Assessment Type 1: Low ropes courses – preparing and leading a program on them 25%

2. Assessment Type 2: Finish orienteering competition within the time limit 25%

3. Assessment Type 3: Essay 25%

4. Assessment Type 4: Participation in lectures 25%

Marking scheme assessment PG 1-4 (1 = excellent; 4 = fail)

Course Requirements

Low ropes courses – preparing and leading a program

Students will work in pairs on building a low ropes course. Then the whole group will review all of these courses in turn, with course builders leading and guiding the group on the course they created.
The manner of construction, the use of knots, stretching, safety and the quality of group leadership will be assessed.

Complete orienteering competition within the time limit

The students will participate in an orienteering competition in the forest. They are expected to finish the race in the set time limit. If not, it will lower their final grade.


Students will write an essay the last day of the course. It will be a kind of feedback, a review upon the whole course and the activities they went through. They will be asked to write their opinion first and then to compare the approach to these activities and their concept in the Czech Republic and in the USA. It will be a handwriting (500 words).

Participation in lectures

Engagement in the program and groupwork, willingness to interact effectively.

Attendance and active participation
Attendance is mandatory.
Weekly Schedule


Day 1:

• Introduction, icebreakers, warm-up, contact games
• Exercise in nature
• Tying rope-knots

• Night game – cooperation, adventure, surprise

Day 2:

• Orienteering – in the center surroundings, in the forest

• Low ropes courses, parkour
• Tying and stretching ropes – ropes course building
• Lecture – safety, leading groups on ropes courses

• Lecture – theory of games, leading outdoor games, reviewing


• Different types of games – trust games, problem solving games; reviewing

• Orienteering – scorelauf
• Environmental games

• O-Ring – group orienteering game

Day 4:

• Low ropes courses building. Leading a low ropes courses program.

• Climbing activities – via ferrata, abseiling
• Orienteering competition

• Fire ceremony

Day 5:

• High rope courses
• Final writing – essay


Baláš. J, Vomáčko, L., Fraišic, M. and Šafránek, J. (2013). Multimedial textbook Turistika and Outdoor Sports. Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Fakulta tělesné výchovy a sportu [online]. Praha: UK FTVS. Available from:

Baláš, J. and Nováková, L. (2012). 5th International mountain and outdoor sports conference: Outdoor activities in educational and recreational programmes, 18th-21st November 2010. Svatý Jan pod Skalou: FALON.

Barnes, P. (2002). Leadership with young people. Lyme Regis: Russell House Pub.

Cooper, G. (1998). Outdoors with young people: a leader’s guide to outdoor activities, the environment and sustainability. Lyme Regis: Russell House Pub.

Neuman, J. (2004). Education and Learning through Outdoor Activities: games and problem solving activities, outdoor exercises and rope courses for youth programmes. Praha: Duha.

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