USF Challenge Center





The USF Challenge Center provides high-impact transformative learning experiences. We are guided by the principles that:

  • learning can and should be fun
  • challenge motivates change
  • reflection is central to learning
  • shared learning builds community


Organizational Training – Team Up!

  • Management/staff team building
  • Leadership training
  • Conflict prevention/resolution
  • Change management
  • Diversity training


Schools & Youth

  • Team building
  • Leadership development
  • Character education
  • Bullying prevention
  • Diversity awareness
  • Social-emotional learning outcomes
  • Intervention support


Low Ropes Teams Course

The outdoor teams course consists of a series of team-oriented obstacles designed to challenge groups to work together to accomplish a task. Activities require communication, problem solving, trust building and cooperation. Most activities are no more than a few feet above the ground. The Teams Course is semi-wooded and located in a quiet residential neighborhood, just a short walk from the USF Welcome Center on Nicholson St.


Portable Programming

Experienced Challenge Center facilitators will come to your site with portable equipment to deliver a team building program customized to the goals of your organization.


Year-round programming

Indoor and outdoor facilities with daytime, evening, weekend programs.


About Us & Contact Information

In addition to serving USF and the community, the Challenge Center is a real-world laboratory for students in the Recreation and Sport Management and Leadership Studies programs. The USF Challenge Center is managed by Dr. Sydney Sklar, associate professor and chair of the Department of Recreation and Sport Management department. Dr. Sklar is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has been facilitating experiential education and challenge programs since 1996.

For pricing and scheduling, contact us at 815-740-3691 or


Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.