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Challenge Course & Climbing Wall

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Challenge Course

The mission of our challenge courses is to develop, enhance, and promote group unity through experiential education. We are committed to emphasizing leadership development, communication and support.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois has two locations for you to choose. Camp Tapawingo in Peoria, IL and Camp Widjiwagan in Springfield, IL.

GSCI’s Challenge Course program offers low ropes and high ropes courses at each site and several various ground initiatives designed to enhance your student's leadership, teamwork, and problem solving skills, as well as improve levels of communication, cooperation, support, trust, and risk taking capabilities.

For girls to participate in the challenge course girls must be in the 5th grade or older to participate.

Challenge Course Registration Information

To register for the Challenge Course, please complete the registration form, Waiver and Release of Liability, and Health History Form and submit to the following per location:

Camp Tapawingo

  • Low Teams Course
  • High Ropes Course
  • Outdoor Rock Wall

Katie Nolan
Program Specialist
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois - Peoria Service Center
1103 W. Lake Ave.
Peoria, IL 61614
T: 309-688-8671 ext. 1416
F: 309-688-5378

Camp Widjiwagan


  • Low Teams Course
  • High Ropes Course
  • Outdoor Rock Wall

Lisa Wall
Program Specialist
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois - Springfield Service Center
3020 Baker Dr.
Springfield, IL 62703
T: 217-523-8159 ext. 1602
F: 217-523-8321

Decatur Urban Program Center

  • Indoor Climbing Wall

Stacey Marksberry
Program Specialist
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois - Decatur Urban Program Center
1100 E. Pershing Rd.
Decatur, IL 62526
T: 217-423-7791 ext. 1306
F: 217-423-7762

Challenge Course Restrictions

Girls must be in grade 5 in order to participate. Climbers under 5 feet tall will face additional challenges on the high ropes course due to the height elements. Climbers must be 45 - 275 pounds and 41/2 to 6 feet tall. Due to group dynamics it isn't possible to determine how much climbing your group will do. You may be done early or late.

Please note that everyone participating in the Challenge Course must complete and submit the Waiver and Release of Liability Form and the Health History Form.

2015 Adventures Guide

2015 Summer Camp Guide

Challenge Course Informational Brochure

Challenge Course Fees

Challenge Course Registration Form

Waiver and Release of Liability Form

Health History Form


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A challenge course is a series of mental challenges and physical obstacles that help to build.

Self Awareness
Group Acceptance
Group Cooperation
Personal Confidence
Problem Solving Skills
Leadership Development

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Team Building
Team Building is an organizational practice that seeks to improve team effectiveness through cooperation, trust and communication. Programs are customized to fit the specific needs of each group.

Low Ropes Course
Explore and recognize the benefits of highly effective teams and team building. Groups will experience enhanced cooperation, communication and appreciation for individual strengths and weaknesses.

We highly recommend completing the low ropes course before participating in high ropes course.

High Ropes Course
Take your group to a higher level by utilizing elements that are 20 and 40 feet in the air. Camp Widjiwagan is a double-decker course that provides a climbing wall. Participants use ropes and harnesses to negotiate two levels of the course as well as a 300 foot zip line. Our high ropes course can be used in conjunction with our low ropes course, or as a stand-alone team building experience. Develop leadership in a unique, exciting and fun environment!

Our staff is fully trained in challenge course facilitation and certified in First Aid and CPR. Our courses are inspected by Challenge Options Incorporated annually. Girl Scouts of Central Illinois camp facilities are accredited by ACA. All participants will be required to fill out a participant release form and health history form.


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Challenge Course Fees

We will accommodate our Challenge Course program to your group whether it is a troop, youth group, or corporation. For the best group experience a group of 15 is the maximum 6 minimum.

Challenge Course Fees

Registered Girl Scout Rates
$15 per Girl Scout half day (3-4 hrs)
$30 per Girl Scout full day (5-6 hrs)
Leaders there is no charge if you are not participating.

Non-Girl Scout Rates
$20 half day (3-4 hours)
$35 full day (5-6 hours)

Corporate Rates
$25 half day (3-4 hours)
$40 full day (5-6 hours)

Fees are per person. Each program includes free continental breakfast or snacks & drink. We can also customize your experience with overnight accommodations. Meeting rooms are available.

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Climbing Wall

Our Decatur Urban Program Center has a premiere indoor rock climbing wall offers a real climbing experience in a safe environment. We provide groups access to the sport of rock climbing in a quality facility with a fun atmosphere for climbers ages grade 5 and older and all levels of ability. GSCI provides a safe, welcoming, and encouraging environment where groups can connect with other climbers, develop friendships, and improve their climbing skills by learning from our trained staff.

The climbing wall and bouldering wall is available by appointment only or at scheduled program events. For more information, please contact Stacy Marksberry or 217-428-7791 ext. 1306 at least 2 weeks in advance.

GSCI Challenge Course & Climbing Wall Waiver Release