The YMCA was honoured to be the beneficiary of the 2017 DG’s 5K Challenge. In December 2017 the Deputy Governor, Honourable Franz Manderson along with members of the Y Board broke ground for the Ropes Challenge Course that will be built with the funds raised by the DG5k!
The DG5k, in its 4th year, set a new record with more than 1,800 people registering for the Grand Cayman run/walk. We are so grateful to the Deputy Governor and his planning committee for selecting the Y as the beneficiary for 2017 and are excited that the funds raised go towards building the ropes challenge course. A big Y thank you to all of the sponsors and members of the community who supported this event and our work with Cayman’s youth.
Ropes challenge courses are a unique teaching tool that gets kids out of the classroom, and adults out of the office. Courses feature a series of obstacles created using telephone poles, cables, wood, rope, and even tires. Elements of a ropes course range from being located directly on the ground to 30 or 40 feet up in the air, sometimes even higher.
It provides an exciting and fun approach to teaching some of the most critical and fundamental skills necessary to be successful at life. These courses were first developed in 1941 for military training. Since then, they have been used for a wide range of educational, recreational, therapeutic, and developmental purposes.
For young people who face obstacles every day, an engaging, out-of-the-classroom approach helps teach lessons like the importance of having a good plan, working with others, and effective communication. A challenge course also reinforces the importance of trust, problem-solving, peaceful resolution of conflict, and the essentials of teamwork in a practical learning environment.