This outdoor educational activity was possible because of the generous gifts
of the following friends of Lake Hills Elementary School.

Norton Pines Athletic Club
Northern Boiler and Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Rich Jones, Re/Max of Grand Haven
Horizon Medical
Keenan Marina
Student Teacher Tammy Hamlin enjoyed her descent from the high ropes course. Lake Hills students strapped on safety harnesses and set their own goals for the course while experienced instructors lead them through various elements and encouraged them in their challenge.

Towering approximately 35 feet, the high ropes course provides a safe challenge for intermediate, middle, and high school students. Constructed in April 2000, the various elements were specifically designed for the outdoor education program at Camp Pendalouan.

Tiffany secures Lauren's safety helmet. Fifth grade students from Lake Hills could choose from three elements for their individual challenge. Each student was placed "on belay" and climbed the vertical pole to a designated element.

The air temperature was less than 20 degrees, but this kind of activity and adrenalin kept us warm and comfortable.

C.J. takes one last look at the ground as he moves heavenward for his "grapevine" challenge.
Nicole crosses the balance beam with ease and confidence. Look mom, no hands.

Caite approaches the element's platform, but must first position herself to crawl up to its safety.
Kristin prepares her attempt to to transverse the balance beam. Who said you're not supposed to look down?

Hannah prepares to "walk the line" while Dustin is challenged to return demonstrating the "commando" method.

Jonathan grips the pole and waits for further direction from the "ground crew". Tori has a rather questionable look on her face as she prepares to be lowered to the planet once again. Both of them faced their challenge with awesome courage and success!

  Photographs by Rick Petersen, Tammy Hamlin, and Kirby Chittenden
 Kids Cafe | Contact Us | Email