Nearly 15 adult leadership departments spent the first week of the program in a low-intensity course learning about outdoor exercise barriers.

Leadership Tri-County The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce is a 10-month program that prepares community members for leadership roles in the region. The 2022 leadership class officially kicked off in September, with the program’s first field trip to the Althouse Arboretum Rope course in Upper Ptsgrov.

“Rope course is a long-standing tradition in the leadership department,” said Jenna Armato, director of growth and success this year.

According to Armato, the program is very important for students to complete the first week of fitness course. She says it helps their classmates to cooperate and trust each other in their leadership journey.

Armato said: “You have really been supporting each other, really supporting each other and encouraging each other. “It really facilitates communication and collaboration.”

She says that such relationships and teamwork do not occur naturally or quickly in a traditional classroom.

The Althouse Arboretum course includes obstacles such as a two-foot-long rope, swinging tire test, and a long climbing wall.

In addition to encouraging leadership, the course at Alhouse House Arbor also helps to develop communication skills and self-confidence. As an arboretum website, Course can be adjusted for each team goals.

The leadership class began the day by learning about the history of the Arboretum, which recently celebrated its 6th anniversary.

“It was empty. There was nothing here,” said Ken Hamilton, general manager of Green Allyis.

GreenAllies Althouse Arboretum is a non-profit organization that manages. The 17-hectare site now includes trails, outdoor forest classrooms, indigenous gardens and more. According to Hamilton, student volunteers assisted with the design of the arboretum and assisted in regular programming.

“Everything you see here is created by students,” he said. “They go in and design, plan and implement every program we have here.”

After the history lesson, the leadership team made a warm-up and then split into small groups. Everyone explored the arborute paths to find flags posted using the map provided.

After the hunt, the leadership team completed the remaining tests as a team. Their first hurdle was to cross the swamp of imaginary peanut butter using thin boards. The whole group had to cross the road without touching the ground, creating a road with boards.

According to Armato, the obstacle course is related to leadership skills because some challenges require people to think quickly, while others require more strategic thinking. She said that various obstacles helped to show the importance of using the individual strengths for the benefit of the whole team.

Armatato’s classmate Jessica Zeigler-Sihlar is an architect, and she uses her unique skills to help the rest of the team get past the imaginary swamp.

“Her mind goes fast, she knows how to put some parts together so she can walk on the road,” Armato said.

Zeigger-Sihlar said she did not intend to use her architecture skills, but her mind immediately became aware of the riddle when one of her classmates picked up a board.

“In my mind I started to see how these boards move along the way,” she said. “I felt I could contribute in a positive way.”

Zeygler-Sihlar said that although the leadership team worked very well together. She felt that this was especially true during the climbing test because it had a terrifying appearance.

“I was proud of all of us,” she says.

During the test, the team had to help their classmates come out one by one. There was no way out, so everyone worked in groups to push each other against the wall. Some members of the leadership program had experience of encouragement and were able to guide the rest of the team on how to lift people up.

Zeigler-Sihlar said she was happy to be the first to lift the wall to help bring in other people after her. She said it was a special time to see people like her classmate Tiffany Smith do the stumbling block.

She (Tiffany) was eager to climb that wall. Her curiosity was like an explosion, ”said Theiger-Sihlar.

According to Armato, everyone in the leadership class is comfortable enough to jump into obstacles and use creative solutions.

“No one seemed to hesitate,” she says.

Hamilton told the team that they completed the tire test in one of the fastest times on the course. Half of the steering wheel had to come in one big swinging wheel, and the other half held the other.

Armato says that this special test shows the importance of trusting each other as a team.

“You have to trust the people who are throwing you in the tire,” she said. “It’s about trusting yourself and trusting the people around you.”

Zeigger-Sihlar estimates that everyone in the group tried something they had never done before during the course of the course.

Although we had never met before, everyone got up and worked together.

Visit for more information about the Althouse Arboretum and the Low Rope Course Or call 267-371-2288.