For more than 30 years, George Mason University’s challenge course program has built strong teams and developed strong skills for thousands of university students, staff, and faculty.
Connect as a Team
Bring your university team or organization to The EDGE for a team-building adventure. A fun, shared experience will help your group build trust, improve communication, and strengthen relationships.
We can come to you for an energizing, 1-4 hour portable activities program, or you can travel to us at Mason’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas for a 4-6 hour team development adventure. For the portable, EDGE on Wheels programs, our facilitators can choose from hundreds of different activities. On site at The EDGE, your team has several choices:
- solve fun problems on a number of 30 ground-based activities (most groups get through 3-7 activities depending on program time and group goals),
- share thrills by climb one of our four aerial elements, or
- develop strong team relationships by combining both ground-based and aerial activities.
Our portable programs can be great for university groups with specific meeting space needs, busy schedules, limited time, or limited ability to travel.
Our on-site ground-based or ground and aerial combined programs can be great for teams with specific team or relationship-building goals. Many sports teams, clubs, Living Learning Communities, and social organizations choose these programs. Other notable programs have included Mason’s Green Machine Pep Band, the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation, as well as diverse programs from universities in the greater Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD, metropolitan areas, such as Georgetown University, American University, and McDaniel College.
Our aerial-based programs can be great for teams that want a shared, fun experience, perhaps as a way to re-energize or de-stress. We periodically hold open climbs for Mason students at our 50 foot Alpine Tower, and the tower can also be reserved as part of a team retreat or similar outing.
Connect to Academic Content
The EDGE has also partnered with several Mason academic programs to help students make stronger connections not only with each other but to course content. Courses have included Mason’s University 100, Introduction to Integrative Studies, Leadership and Outdoor Education, Leadership and Group Dynamics, to name a few. The EDGE facilitators work closely with instructors to deliver activities that help make direct, real-time connections to course curriculum.