Bradford Woods at the ACCT Conference in Fort Worth
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For years, Bradford Woods has been involved with the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). This association is a leader in the challenge course, adventure park, and canopy tour industry. It produces peer-reviewed standards that are used in building, renovation, inspection and practitioner training & certification. Bradford Woods leans on this association for support in adhering to standards and best practices for the use of our challenge courses. We currently have two full-time staff members who maintain a Challenge Course Manager (CCM) certification, the highest attainable. Each year a Professional Vendor Member (PVM) of the ACCT inspects our courses.
Bradford Woods currently has three different low challenge courses and four different high courses including two that are universal in design.
These courses are used by thousands of people each year from a variety of populations in all five of our program areas: Adventure Education, Environmental Education, Military and Family, Recreation Therapy, and Retreats.
One of our niches for years has been to work with people with disabilities on our courses both in our medically-specific camps, but also in any other program area. In more recent years, our work with military veterans through partnerships with Wounded Warrior Project and Indiana National Guard has also provided opportunity to more specifically serve veterans with disabilities. Certainly this is part of our mission; to provide courses, facilities and programming for anyone. This is also one of Melanie’s personal passions and she loves to learn about ways we can improve.
Bradford Woods has been able to share our story over the past eight years at the Annual International ACCT Conference & Exposition, most recently at the event in Fort Worth, Texas earlier this month. Melanie presented both a full day preconference and another workshop on the topics of Universal Design, Disability Awareness, and Inclusive Programming on Challenge Courses. The 45 people attending these sessions represented builders, challenge course managers, program directors, trainers, facilitators, students, and teachers. Our goal with these sessions is always to share our story about the unique variety of medically-specific camps we offer and the amazing campers we have an opportunity to serve. Each and every camp provides opportunities to climb in the most independent and least-restrictive way possible. This follows our 3 Es of Camp which includes Empowerment, Engagement, and Empathy. At conferences, like ACCT, collective learning is key! For a large conference that yields over 1,000 attendees each year, opportunity for conversation, networking, and teaching abound! We look forward to continued relationships with the greater ACCT family.
Bradford Woods strives to provide inclusive climbing opportunities to any of our campers and stay in tune with innovative ideas in the climbing industry. If you are interested in learning more about the work we do on our challenge courses, feel free to reach out to Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org