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Assault Course

Assault Course

What You’ll Need:

  • Assault Course Obstacles (Rope, nets, logs, trees, puddles etc)

Getting into the Activity

Set up a gruelling assault course to put the group’s agility, strength, and determination to the test.

Assault courses are always good fun, particularly those which are slightly challenging and involve getting mucky.

A leader could set up an assault course beforehand, for young people to take on. Alternatively young people could be given the equipment and a space and challenged to set one up for themselves. Once set up, let everyone take on the assault course and see how they get on. You could make this into a competition and see who can complete it in the fastest time or you could make it into a teamwork challenge, with teams tasked with all getting around helping each other. Potential assault course obstacles are given below:

Cargo Net Crawl: Crawl under a cargo net which has been pegged tightly to the ground. Make this more challenging by placing the net in a damp or muddy area.

Cargo Net Climb: Use a cargo net to climb over a low branch, fallen tree or ditch. A looser net makes this obstacle more challenging.

Under / Over: Use fallen tree / logs as obstacles to climb under or over as part of an assault course.

Balance Beam: Use a plank of wood or fallen tree/log as a balance beam. This might just be on the floor or could be positioned over a large puddle or steam to increase the difficulty.

Spider’s Web: Tie a spider’s web of rope between two tree trunks and challenge groups to climb through the rope without touching it. If a rope is touched the person should be given a time penalty or made to start the obstacle again.

Low Rope Balance: Tightly tie two parallel ropes between tree trunks, one about a foot off the ground and the other rope about 4-5 feet of the ground. Young people need to walk on the bottom rope and use the top rope to hold onto to try and balance. Walk along the length of the rope before jumping off.

Create Your Own: Use the equipment you have alongside the environment you are using to create your own obstacles and challenges.

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Please give young people a safety briefing for the course before using the obstacles.
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