Girl jumping to high in the air to catch the swing bar.Rogers State University’s Hilltop Challenge helps to develop commitment, self-confidence and teamwork among its participants as well as strengthen teams and individuals using a combination of games, obstacle courses, and initiative/problem-solving activities.

Hilltop Challenge is an exhilarating maze of cables, ropes, trees, logs, platforms, and games. Each of these activities sharpen physical and mental skills in a cooperative environment.

Hilltop Challenge promotes leadership skills, goal getting, communication, problem solving, teamwork, confidence, trust, and self-esteem. These team-building and experiential learning programs demand a high level of expectation by participants, but provide these challenges within a supporting and caring atmosphere.

The underlying principal of RSU’s Hilltop Challenge is that if a person is supported to move out of his/her comfort zone, and has a successful experience, then powerful conditions exist for positive change both for the individual and the group.


  • Increase the participant’s sense of personal confidence
  • Increase mutual support within a group
  • Develop trust and the ability to work as a team
  • Develop an increased level of agility and physical coordination
  • Develop an increased joy in one’s physical self and in being with others
  • Develop an increased familiarity and identification with the natural world


Hilltop Challenge is designed so that people of all ages and physical abilities can benefit from the experience. Groups that have utilized the course include:

  • Church and youth groups
  • Businesses wanting to emphasize team-building
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Service groups
  • Families
  • Any group wanting to build trust and relationships


Hilltop Challenge has been developed and maintained to the highest safety standards. The course is operated and staffed under the professional supervision of Rogers State University. All facilitators and instructors are trained and certified.

The philosophy of Hilltop Challenge can be summarized in one phrase: Challenge By Choice.

The course is an educational and recreational activity intended to facilitate participant growth and development in areas such as social, emotional, mental, and physical. The accomplishment of this growth begins within an atmosphere of support, acceptance, caring, and trust.

Each participant makes his or her own decisions and commitments.

Group support encourages a willingness to try, and the realization that success is personal – advancing one step further than before is far more important than attaining the apparent goal of a given task.

Stress is fundamental to adventure activities. Instructors have been taught to use strategies that encourage trying without generating additional pressure. Participants are helped to learn ways of providing support without pressuring their co-participants.

Each participant voluntarily and freely engages in any given activity. The degree and extent of participating remains the individual’s own choice, based on what the person can comfortably and willingly risk. No one is required, forced, or coerced to perform any activity.

Challenge Course Fees

The minimum group size for the challenge course is 10 and fees are charged per participant.

Group Full Day Half Day
Corporate  $65   $45
Non-profit  (schools/churches) $35 $25
RSU Groups  $25 $20

Required Forms

Contact Us

For more information about the RSU Hilltop Challenge feel free to contact me.

Dr. Susan WillisDr. Susan Willis
Dean and Professor
[email protected]