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


Programming supports the University of St. Francis’ goal of developing citizenship and servant leadership among our students and the community.




Organizational Training – Team Up!

The group wall event challenges participants to carefully move their team up and over to the other side of a vertical wall.

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




Additional services through USF Solutions Resource Center, including:

  • Meeting/Conference Room Rental
  • Dormitory rental
  • Catering/Dining Services



Schools & Youth

Teamwork makes the zig-zag crossing possible

  • 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 a short walk from the USF Welcome Center.

The low-ropes teams course is located at 409 Nicholson St., Joliet, a short walk from the USF Welcome Center.


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, Daytime, evening, weekend programs



The USF Challenge Center is managed by Dr. Sydney Sklar, associate professor and chair of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management. Dr. Sklar is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has been facilitating experiential education and challenge programs since 1996.

In addition to serving USF and the community, the Challenge Center is a real-world laboratory for students in the Recreation, Sport & Tourism Management and Leadership Studies programs.

The Challenge Center is a collaboration between the Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism Management and the Solutions Resource Center.


Contact US

For pricing and scheduling, contact: (815) 740-3600


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