Quadrophenia builds trust

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 20 07:58:10 CDT 2007

>From the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

Ropes course a way to build trust, facilitators say 

Walking across boards attached to two wobbly wires may not seem challenging, until you do it 40 feet in the air.

On Wednesday afternoon, Drew Ciriot, coordinator of recreation and ropes course facilitator, and Marie Ciriot , coordinator for independent living and also a ropes course facilitator, put on a high ropes course for the staff at the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise.

The home is a place to live for foster children and for children who have had problems in their homes.

The course was created in 1981, when workers attached the ropes to pine trees. Lightning damaged the trees, so they rebuilt that course using poles.

Last fall, the course was expanded to include the "quadrophenia" ropes area, thanks to a grant from the Dr. P. Phillips Foundation. The quadrophenia course is a pole that allows four people to climb to the top, where they try to balance by holding each other's hands. Four ropes courses are set up, based on the quadrophenia, and the quadrophenia is at the center.
-Brian in Atlanta
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