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Chal­lenge Activities


The Blue Skies Chal­lenge Activ­i­ties con­sist of a num­ber of con­fi­dence build­ing and ini­tia­tive activ­i­ties, they can be com­pleted indi­vid­u­ally or in small groups; for team build­ing, timed chal­lenges and can be altered to increase the level of dif­fi­culty. Included also is our pop­u­lar ‘Fly­ing Fox; the key is avail­able from Blue Skies office, it needs to be signed out by the super­vis­ing adult, fol­low­ing read­ing and acknowl­edg­ing the con­di­tions of use.

While com­plet­ing the Chal­lenge Activ­i­ties par­tic­i­pants are asked to keep these prin­ci­pals in mind: Par­tic­i­pa­tion /​Enjoy­ment /​Safety


These are team build­ing activ­i­ties and all par­tic­i­pants should be encour­aged to join in and be part of the team. They should be enjoy­ing the expe­ri­ences and not forced to try an exer­cise out­side their com­fort zone.

All activ­i­ties should be com­pleted with safety in mind.


The Chal­lenge Course usu­ally takes 25 min­utes for indi­vid­u­als, or 40 min­utes for a group, depend­ing on abil­ity and the chal­lenges set by the super­vi­sor. It includes the following:

· Con­crete pipe tunnel

· Low swing plank run

· Step­ping across pond

· Tyre wall

· Tall swing­ing plank

· Over wall

· Over hor­i­zon­tal tyres

· Slop­ing bal­ance walk

· Two rope bridge

· Swing­ing rope into net

· Spi­ders web

· Elec­tric fence

· Cable drum

· Bal­ance drum

· Giant’s fin­ger pole

· River cross­ing

· Swamp cross­ing

· High wall

· Whale watch

· Tyre stack


All chil­dren must be super­vised at all times.


We rec­om­mend the Chal­lenge Activ­i­ties be used as a con­fi­dence and team build­ing exer­cise for young and mixed abil­ity groups and not as a time trial or race to com­pete against each other, as this may cause acci­dents. Sturdy footwear should be worn at all times while par­tic­i­pat­ing on the con­fi­dence course activities.


A sug­gested team build­ing approach to the Chal­lenge Activ­i­ties is to work in small teams of approx­i­mately six per­sons. For mixed abil­ity groups, four out of six mem­bers of each team can be required to com­plete each exer­cise, however these team mem­bers should rotate around the whole team. This will allow any mem­ber unable to par­tic­i­pate in a par­tic­u­lar activ­ity to opt out (e.g. Fear of heights). To increase the degree of dif­fi­culty you can have the team carry a bucket of water, “Nuclear Waste” around the activ­i­ties to be car­ried at all times and not to be put down or touch ground. At com­ple­tion you can mea­sure quan­tity of water still in bucket to help deter­mine the win­ning team. Points can also be scored for suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing each exercise.


Fit­ness Circuit

There are 18 exer­cises located around the grounds, for indi­vid­u­als or small groups.

Dura­tion: 30-​60minutes


Extra Activ­i­ties

Tug-​of-​war — rope avail­able on request.

Ceme­tery Quiz — ques­tions avail­able under activ­i­ties page or from office. Involves going off-​site to ceme­tery on Vick­ery St oppo­site Blue Skies.

Water Slides (slip & slide) — can be put out on request.

Extra balls and fris­bees are available.



Chal­lenge Course Instruc­tions and Haz­ards identified

Fly­ing Fox Rules and Con­di­tions of Use

Fit­ness Cir­cuit Map and Instructions







12 Williams Street, Kaiapoi

Christchurch 7630

03 327 8007