North Andover Youth & Recreation Services has been offering adventure based programs in North Andover for over 20 years and is committed to staying at the top of this field. We assure safety and quality in our program in the following areas:
Staff Training: All staff is trained in facilitation of all adventure activities, including top rope and lead rock climbing, challenge course management, trip leading, etc.
Equipment: Our equipment, challenge course, and rock wall all receive yearly inspections by Northeast Adventure. We are dedicated to using the safest equipment.
Risk-Management: The Adventure Program staff has appropriate medical training for the activity at hand, whether it is in the backcountry, in the city or anywhere in between.
Ropes / Challenge Course: We operate both a high and low challenge course, located in the North Andover Town Forest. Elements of this course were constructed and receive yearly inspections by Northeast Adventure. Interested group should contact us and we will cater a day, or longer, on our course to meet your needs. We have offered programs to school groups, corporate groups, sports teams, private groups and many others. Benefits that groups receive from a challenge course vary widely but often include improved communication, greater efficiency, and increased self-esteem. This is accomplished through positive risk taking within a group or individually. All staff is trained in challenge course facilitation and we aim to keep the participation to a staff ratio of 8:1. Learn more about our Ropes / Challenge Course. To book a Ropes Course program, please contact Ryan Chasse of Element Adventures by email or phone at 603-203-9011. Ryan Chasse will contact you with his availability and potential dates. Bookings need to made at least one month in advance.
Climbing Wall: The indoor climbing wall is open to members on Fridays 2:30 - 4:30 and on Saturdays from 1:00 - 4:00 for our 4th and 5th graders (with signed permission slip.)
Adventure Trips: Every season we run a variety of field trips for the adventurous soul: recent trips have included camping, skiing, mountain biking, paintball, waterfall repelling, white water rafting, indoor and outdoor rock climbing!
Rock Climbing: We offer rock climbing programs year round and incorporates rock climbing into several of our adventure programs. We utilize the area around us, such as Pawtuckaway State Park in New Hampshire, Red Rocks in Gloucester, as well as our own indoor rock climbing wall. By taking participants into an unknown environment and presenting them with a challenging task, rock climbing has been linked to increased trust within an individual and a group and a feeling of self-efficacy.
While tremendous benefits rise from high perceived risk of rock climbing, we minimize the actual risk in a number of ways:
- All rock climbing programs are run under the direction of a coordinator trained in top rope as well as lead rock climbing facilitation. This coordinator also has certifications in High Angle Rescue, EMT-B, and Wilderness Emergency Medical Care.
- All of our equipment is carefully chosen to meet and exceed industry standards regarding strength and safety. Each and every piece of equipment is required to pass a yearly inspection.