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The Challenge Course

A unique team-building experience on the shores of the Delaware Bay.

Explore the critical concepts of trust, decision-making, problem solving, respect for differences, risk-taking, and leadership in a coaching environment that builds teams and self-confidence!  Using a series of low-ropes challenge elements, off-course activities and thought provoking discussion, groups of all ages will discover their strengths while improving interpersonal and intergroup dynamics.  Skills developed on the Challenge Course translate seamlessly to success in the classroom, the locker room or even the conference room!

Mission:  The Challenge Course @ Children’s Beach House encourages individuals and teams to engage in meaningful experiences that yield new partnerships and enhance problem-solving communication skills.

Students, teachers, youth-serving professionals, athletic groups, and school-sponsored or civic clubs are invited to test themselves and each other by overcoming the Burma Bridge, traversing the Nitro Crossing or conquering the Whale Watch!  Team building isn’t just about trust falls anymore.

The Challenge Course @ Children’s Beach House offers a supportive program for self-discovery guided by the Challenge by Choice philosophy.  Each participant is invited to select his or her own level of engagement in any of the day’s events.

Planning Your Visit – Come to CBH or let us come to you!

The Challenge Course is located on the grounds of the Children’s Beach House, located in Lewes, Delaware.  The facility is roughly 90 miles south of Wilmington and 30 miles east of Seaford.  Facility tours are available and can be scheduled by calling the Children’s Beach House at 302.645.9184.

Some elements of the Challenge Course Program are portable.  In addition to on-site experiences, trained members of the Challenge Course staff can pay a visit to conference centers, schools, hotels or parks throughout the state of Delaware.

Challenge Course Programs are offered to groups as small as five and as large as 30 participants.  (Challenge Course safety standards mandate that a second certified instructor lead groups of 16 or more.)

Challenge Course Programs are completely customizable and can include full- or half-day visits, overnight excursions (available Monday through Thursday only).  Meal service is also available for an additional fee.  Please contact the Children’s Beach House to discuss your goals, receive a program quote or to make a reservation.

Delaware Center for Youth Development

The Center is a community-based program striving to empower, educate, and address neighborhood priorities through professional development. The Delaware Center for Youth Development (DCYD) works with local nonprofits, community leaders, schools, and businesses to identify those needs and priorities in the community. Since 2006, the DCYD has worked with over 60 community organizations and 3,805 participants to provide over 721 hours of professional development in areas such as effective communication, teamwork, power, accountability, conflict resolution, and positive youth development. Recently, the issues related to poverty have become a focal point of the work at Children's Beach House (CBH). DCYD has been working with other organizations to address issues of poverty.

The DCYD strengthens children, youth, families, and communities by promoting the Positive Youth Development theory through training of research-based models and best practices initiatives for staff of Delaware's agencies serving at-risk or special needs youth.

Positive Youth Development Theory

Positive youth development is a set of strategies which any program or program model can adopt to help guide youth on a successful transition to adulthood. It is an approach that provides youth with the broadest possible support, enabling them to attain desirable long-term outcomes, including economic self-sufficiency and engagement in healthy family and community relationships.

Children’s Beach House (CBH) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Its mission continues Miss Lydia’s vision to help children with special needs reach their highest potential as functioning members of their families and communities.  Learn more at