Greenbush - The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center has offered team-building activities using high and low ropes challenge elements for more than 20 years, but many times inclement weather has spoiled the fun. That all changes with the FlexPlex, an indoor facility that will allow visitors to participate in hands-on, high-flying team-building exercises year-round.
"Even if we have an unexpected storm, or if something happens that we didn't plan, now we will have something similar and equivalent, and we can still produce the same team-building we were looking for," said Amie Beggs, Team-Building and Leadership Coordinator.
The FlexPlex, built in a large portion of the warehouse adjoining the Community Building on the main Greenbush campus, features a 25-foot climbing wall and high ropes elements that can be modified to fit two activities. Construction is underway and slated for completion by the end of the month.
Greenbush offers team-building experiences to school groups, corporate groups, and any others looking for a unique way to build camaraderie and improve communication.
"The mission is to increase emotional intelligence—not IQ, but EQ," Beggs said. "The message I try to leave people with is, your point of view and the point of view of the person next to you might be totally different, and you can both be right. It’s all about how you can communicate and come to a conclusion with one another."
Beggs said another goal is to show people that they are capable of more than they think.
"We try to give students and adults this feeling of, 'I can do more than I give myself credit for,'" Beggs said. "A smart risk can be a good way to build up that confidence."
In addition to the climbing wall, which features an automatic belay system as an added safety measure, the FlexPlex will include two ropes elements: the marionette climb and crate stacking.
In the marionette climb, a climber hoists themselves upward by putting their foot into an ever-higher series of looped ropes.
"There's a team of other participants on the ground that help hold the steps where they need to be, so it’s really involved," Beggs said.
For the crate stacking activity, a climber works with their team to build a structure tall enough to reach a certain point.
"It’s literally milk crates and you’re trying to stack them as you’re standing on them," Beggs said. "You’re climbing on your own ability, but the team is handing you the crates and working with you. Eventually you're 20 feet in the air climbing around on these crates."
Community members wishing to be among the first to try the rock wall will have their chance at the FlexPlex Grand Opening, slated for March 16. Those interested in scheduling a group visit can contact Michael McCambridge, Director of Student Enrichment, at 620.724.6281 or email@example.com