How to Set Up a Program

Each Challenge Program is designed especially to fit the needs of your group.

This makes it a learning experience rather than simply a fun outing. We can reserve facilities and in some cases order meals or snacks. We want your Challenge experience to be just right!

Please contact our Director to discuss your:

  • desired outcomes; what your group needs
  • group size
  • possible dates and times

Erin BaxterToal
Director of Challenge Education & Pine Lake
320 Dewar Union 
Once your program is set up, you will need to complete some forms prior to the program.

“We learned we all need to support everyone, not just our friends.”

– a Swimmer


Get To Know Our Staff

Meet the Challenge Staff (RATS)
No, they don’t bite! The RATS (Ropes Activities Technicians) are the Hartwick Challenge Programs student staff. They’ve all undergone a rigorous series of trainings including leadership, facilitation, and technical skills, and they spend many of their weekend days helping us run programs.

Meet our student staff:
(Updated list coming soon!)

For more information, please contact:

Challenge Education Office
319 Dewar Union

Find us on HartLink.


Forms You Will Need

Medical Information and Release Form: 
Everyone in the group needs to complete one of these forms.

Use the Short Form for students and/or people under 21:

Standard Form (students and/or people under 21)

Use the Long Form for anyone over 21 years of age and over:

Over-21Form (anyone over 21 years of age and over)

Please return the forms to the Director no less than two days before the program, or make special arrangements to bring them on the day of the program.



Regional Sites
Pine Lake Environmental Campus
Adirondack Mountains
Adirondack Mountain Club
Trips and Training
Project Adventure, Inc.
Outward Bound
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
First Aid and CPR
American Heart Association – Standard First Aid/CPR
Red Cross – Standard First Aid/CPR
SOLO – Wilderness Medicine – Wilderness First Aid/First Responder
Wilderness Medical Associates – Wilderness First Aid/First Responder

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