Ultimate Challenge Obstacle Course

Kennedy Catholic Girls’ Soccer Team make their way through the Ultimate Challenge Obstacle Course at Bill Rudge Ministries.

Kennedy Catholic Girls’ Soccer Team

Bill and family, Thank you very much for having the KC soccer team at your obstacle course [last summer]. Thank you also for your family of volunteers. The girls and coaches really learned from the experience. – Coach A. M.

Comments from players:

I really enjoyed the challenges during the course. – L. L.

I really enjoyed The Wall. It really helped our team trust another more. – R. P.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to bond and get to know everyone better through your course. – G. L.

Thank you for teaching us lifelong lessons! – B. L.

I really enjoyed the team building experience you gave us. – A. D.

Thanks for having us. I really enjoyed the course and challenging myself. – K. P.

Thank you for teaching us how to physically challenge ourselves and for teaching us life lessons! It was so fun! – A. M.

This year’s Obstacle Course opens Wednesday, May 1, with a group of Cub Scouts. For more pictures and information about the Obstacle Course, visit the website billrudge.org/ministries/ultimatechallengeobstaclecourse.

Facing Challenges with Enthusiasm

by Darlinda McDonald

DSC_0002Despite the predicted thunderstorms, the Hickory Girls Varsity Soccer team arrived to blue skies at the Bill Rudge Ministries Ultimate Challenge & Obstacle Fitness Course last week. As usual, Bill began the session instructing the team about safety as well as life lessons that they would learn as they traversed the course. The girls attacked each station with great enthusiasm even when faced with difficult challenges. Teamwork was emphasized as they helped each other scale “the wall” and went through numerous stations to develop agility, balance, endurance, strength and courage, then laughed their way through the “blanket chariot race,” refrigerator box, and tug-of-war games.

BRM has coordinated the obstacle course activities for many school athletic teams, mission and youth groups, military personnel and other organizations as well as families. For more information and pictures visit the Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course on our web site at http://www.billrudge.org.

Facing the Obstacle Course Challenge

by Darlinda McDonald

This summer, many groups and individuals were challenged by the obstacle course at Bill Rudge Ministries. It was a delight to see the diversity within each group, from young people who were athletically gifted to those who looked at the obstacle course with apprehension. Several of Bill’s grandchildren assisted the groups through the course.

As Bill gave the instructions, he took the opportunity to help the young people see attitudes (such as courage, determination, confidence, etc.) that could help them navigate the course. All the youth met the challenges with great effort but one lesson was especially highlighted when one of the smallest boys volunteered first to scale the course’s 7-foot wall.

With great determination, this youth valiantly ran and leaped toward the top of the wall repeatedly. After finally realizing he couldn’t reach his goal alone, the other boys boosted him up and over. This encouraged others to try. In addition, this same young teen accepted the challenge of breaking the record for crossing the large monkey bars as many times as possible. He fell short of this goal also but gave it all he had. Like David facing Goliath, he did not let the size of the challenge deter him. We, too, can face challenges with courage and determination because the “battle belongs to the Lord.”

The youth groups from First Assembly of God and Neshannock Alliance, faced two challenges the day they came. One was navigating the Obstacle Course on an exceptionally hot and muggy morning. The second was a five-hour workday at the ministry grounds in the hot sun. They weed-whacked and pulled weeds, raked and picked up sticks and debris, washed windows, trimmed tree branches and cut them up and burned them, cleaned up the obstacle course area, and power-washed two decks and furniture as well as the side of the ministry center. We are so appreciative they chose our ministry for their workday project. Because of what they accomplished, the time we had to minister to others was multiplied.

Right after the youth group work was done, two visitors from the military arrived to look at the obstacle course. They were most impressed and asked to schedule troops to train at BRM. The Obstacle Course has provided many opportunities to train sports teams, youth groups, church groups, military personnel, soldiers, sailors, new recruits preparing for boot camp, groups preparing for mission trips, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, as well as to challenge individual children, teens and adults. Bill customizes each challenge to meet the needs and goals of that particular group or individual.

Bill Rudge also incorporates innovative sports, relay races, and games (several of which have been published in various magazines), as well as team building and individual challenges to help develop strength, balance, commitment, courage,

Facing a Challenge

By Darlinda McDonald

In June, many groups and individuals were challenged by the obstacle course at Bill Rudge Ministries. It was a delight to see the diversity within each group, from young people who were athletically gifted to those who looked at the obstacle course with apprehension. Several of Bill’s grandchildren assisted the groups through the course.

As Bill gave the instructions, he took the opportunity to help the young people see attitudes (such as courage, determination, confidence, etc.) that could help them navigate the course. All the youth met the challenges with great effort but one lesson was especially highlighted when one of the smallest boys volunteered first to scale the course’s 7-foot wall.

DSC_0064_2With great determination, this young Boy Scout valiantly ran and leaped toward the top of the wall repeatedly. After finally realizing he couldn’t reach his goal alone, the other Boy Scouts boosted him up and over. This encouraged others to try. In addition, this same young teen accepted the ultimate challenge of breaking the record for crossing the large monkey bars as many times as possible. He fell short of this goal also but gave it all he had. Like David facing Goliath, he did not let the size of the challenge deter him. As Christians, we, too, can face challenges with courage and determination because the “battle belongs to the Lord.”

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The youth groups, from the Assembly of God and Neshannock Alliance, faced two challenges the day they came. One was navigating the Ultimate Challenge Obstacle Course on an exceptionally hot and muggy morning. The second was a five-hour workday at the ministry grounds in the hot sun. They weed-whacked and pulled weeds, raked and picked up sticks and debris, washed windows, trimmed tree branches and cut them up and burned them, cleaned up the obstacle course area, and power-washed two decks and furniture as well as the side of the ministry center. We are so appreciative they chose our ministry for their workday project. Because of what they accomplished, the time we had to minister to others was multiplied.

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Right after the youth group work was done, two visitors from the military arrived to look at the obstacle course. They were most impressed and asked to schedule troops to train at BRM. Many other groups and individuals already have (or will) take on the challenge of the obstacle course this summer.