Moonshadow Challenge Course Experience
Provided by Moonshadow Learning Services, Inc.
Moonshadow Challenge Course activities are designed to present individuals and groups with a series of problems, scenarios, and situations that must be solved by using cooperation, creativity, and problem solving skills.
It always includes a big dose of fun and laughter, in addition to the serious work of becoming a high performing team. In the hands of a skilled facilitator, a challenge course (sometimes called “ropes course”) is one of the most powerful tools available for exploring team dynamics.
- Nestled in a beautiful mountain cove near Whittier, N.C.
- Over 20 course elements
- Physical and mental challenges
- Endless supply of thought provoking, engaging activities
Types of groups:
- School Group
- College Group
- Sports Team
- Corporate Group
A Challenge Course experience is in many ways just what you make of it. Although we can give you some ideas of what other people have gained from the experience, what you and your group actually take away from the experience, will be highly dependent upon what you put into it.
Using the Moonshadow Challenge Course as the setting, your staff will spend the day solving problems, learning more about each other, practicing the behaviors of high performing teams and working on priorities that are determined by you and your staff. Our high energy facilitators will make it a day to remember with powerful connections to your daily tasks.
- One day, 2 day, and 3 day sessions provided for up to 60 employees per session
- Incorporates engaging, hands on learning techniques
- Team members learn the characteristics and behaviors of “high performing teams”
- Great for exploring leadership issues and qualities
- Measured by use of pre-/post testing on the content presented and by participant satisfaction
Our Founders and Inspirers
Earl Davis was trained in clinical psychology at Western Carolina University and is licensed as a Psychological Associate in the state of North Carolina. Earl’s passion is the use of experiential training techniques to create effective teams and high performing individuals. He uses this approach with school systems in Western North Carolina, the Indian Health Service, and businesses, including Chevron Oil company, BMW, Shell Oil, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Shaw Industries, Eli Lilly, the National Fish & Wildlife Service and others. Earl provided training services for Project Adventure for many years, is a Certification Instructor for the Wilderness Education Association, and is an adjunct faculty member at Western Carolina University. Earl founded Moonshadow Learning Services, Inc. in 1995.
With over 20 years experience in the medical field as a microbiologist, Kathy has a vested interest in working with health care professionals as a trainer. With a master’s degree in Health Sciences Administration, Kathy is one of those rare combinations of front line experience and administrative vision. She is on the adjunct faculty of Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College. Whether in the office, leading wilderness leadership courses, or teaching college level courses, Kathy brings a dedication and commitment to making each training or workshop engaging and at the same time practical.
Challenge Course and Office Crew
Moonshadow Learning Services, Inc. began as Moonshadow Services in 1990 and was incorporated in 1995 when the business bought 6 acres for the construction of an outdoor learning center complete with classroom. Construction was completed in 1996. The name “Moonshadow” was chosen because of the intense shadows seen during full moon visits to the property before we purchased it. A great outdoor leader, Paul Petzoldt, was visiting with Earl and Kathy Davis, the owners, when he remarked on the “Moon Shadows”. Shortly thereafter, someone began humming the Cat Stevens song “I’m Being Followed By A Moon Shadow” and the name stuck. Moonshadow seemed a natural choice since much of our work centers on the outdoor learning environment and the philosophy that learning has to touch our whole selves, the mental, physical, and emotional. That philosophy colors all the work done by our trainers whether it is a coaching session, a workshop on communication, a challenge course program, or a strategic planning session.