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Research in Outdoor Education

Abstract

The introduction of challenge courses to the public and private education sectors ushered in a new focus on construction and safety standards. The Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT) currently pro.vides a series of standards related to challenge course construction techniques and appropriate materials and is paving the way for national standardization of challenge course practices and instructor training programs. While challenge course safety has improved significantly in the past forty years, there are still "antagonists who have claimed these programs lack safety and quality control", (p.65), resulting in a number of potential and actual accidents (Leemon & Erickson, 2000).

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