The Northern Virginia 4-H Center's John E. Dooley Challenge Course Program is run as a sequence of activities and elements that are intended to serve as an experiential education tool to encourage teamwork, foster self-confidence and trust, and engage participants both physically and mentally. Additionally, the challenge course provides participants with an opportunity to reflect upon and recognize their role as a leader, follower, team member, and individual. Using their inherent problem-solving skills, learning from each other’s examples, and succeeding as part of a TEAM, participants will learn how to better COOPERATE with, TRUST, and RELY ON their classmates, coworkers, families, and friends. 


Core Principles

  • Explore trust issues and build trust
  • Utilize decision making and problem solving skills
  • Understand leadership qualities
  • Practice positive support, encouragement, and acceptance
  • Develop Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness
  • Develop Communication skills   

Who can participate in theCourse?

The great thing is that anyone can participate to their level of comfort - they will be challenged according to their choice. Our trained facilitators will meet your group where they are at. The success of the team depends on each member’s willingness to work with and rely on each other for support. Members of your group need to be at least 9 years old to ensure they are of the age where the process of the experience will be effective and beneficial to you and them.

For information about day programs, overnight programs, SOL Correlations, and rates, please contact Avery Harper at 540-635-7171 or by email at