Day Programs/School Field Trips
YMCA Great Hollow Wilderness School
225 Route 37
New Fairfield, CT 06812
Great Hollow Wilderness School offers challenge course
programs aimed at fostering positive attitudes towards teamwork,
leadership and growth through active, experiential learning. Classes
from local public/private schools come to Great Hollow to experience a
progressive series of low and high ropes course activities designed to
address issues of self-discovery, trust, team building and problem
solving. Field trips are customized for students in fourth grade and up.
Challenge Course Highlights
100 group initiatives for problem solving and group cohesion.
high ropes course to challenge the individual and emphasize a supportive group environment.
high ropes course including a dual participant element for added
Two zip lines for an individual challenge coupled with the reward of a
thrilling ride when it is conquered.
climbing tower with attached high element.
Flying Squirrel to ease younger or more conservative
the trees with the help of their fellow group members.
Typical 0ne-day Schedule
am Arrival and introduction
am Large group activity or game
am Small group establishes a contract or acceptable norms for the day
am Small groups engage in icebreaker activities
am Low ropes or problem solving to challenge the whole group
pm Group discussions and check-in about the day
pm Group departs
High Challenge activities can be added to complement the lessons learned
and to add an individual challenge to the group process.
Times may vary depending on program structure and needs of the group.
Lunch is eaten in small groups between activities.
Field trips that incorporate challenge course philosophies…
Promote cooperation, Build self-confidence, Create appreciation of
diverse thoughts and ideas, Increase group cohesiveness and trust,
Develop interpersonal relationships, Improve decision making skills and
Promote learning in a safe and fun environment.
Schools that take advantage of Great Hollow Field Trips include:
Broadview Middle School, Rogers Park, Bethel and Brookfield High
Schools, Sherman School, Collegiate School, New Fairfield Middle School,
and Race Brook School, to name a few.
Great Hollow Wilderness School can customize a program to meet the goals
and objectives of any group. With almost 40 years in the field, GHWS is
the oldest outdoor education facility of its kind in the region. Our
customized programs will work within any budget to provide the best
possible experience for your students.
For more information, e-mail
Harry Jones, Program Director, or call 203-746-5852.