Adventure Centre

About Us  

It is the Adventure Centre’s philosophy that the best teams are made through shared experiences and a willingness to take intentional risks. With input from you the Adventure Centre creates experiential programming geared toward social and emotional learning, self-reflection, personal growth, team cohesion, and team development.  Since 1972 we have been on the cutting edge of the development of experiential education in the United States. The Adventure Centre works with a variety  of teams, challenging individuals to think creatively, listen intentionally, and communicate openly to grow together.

Our Personalized Approach

Each program at the Adventure Centre is uniquely designed to fit your training needs. We believe social-emotional competency is one of the keys to unlocking the full potential of any team. Whether you are the coach of a collegiate sports team looking for team unity, a corporate executive trying to build a strong team, or a teacher who wants to broaden their students’ experiences outside the classroom, we can design an approach to meet your expected outcomes. We begin with a consultation. You will have an opportunity to tell us about your group and its desired training style and outcomes.  We want to know who is coming and what you are hoping to achieve through a program with us. We can discuss your intended timeline, length of program, dining needs, and all other details associated with your program. Through this discussion, Adventure Centre staff will create a personalized program itinerary that incorporates your group’s specific needs and expected outcomes.

Your group’s program may include any of the following:

A participant at the Adventure Centre climbing a ladder onto a high ropes course. The point of view is from on the ropes course looking down toward the ground where more participants are preparing to climb.
A participant at the Adventure Centre climbing a ladder onto a high ropes course. The point of view is from on the ropes course looking down toward the ground where more participants are preparing to climb.
A participant at the Adventure Centre climbing a ladder onto a high ropes course. The point of view is from on the ropes course looking down toward the ground where more participants are preparing to climb.

Cooperative Games

We have a number of wonderful activities that do not require harnesses or ropes; they’re done right on the ground. Since these elements are also portable, we can bring them to you!

Low Rope Initiatives

This series of challenges are set close to the ground. They’re great for enhancing teamwork and communication, and solving these elements takes full participation from your group.

Group Olympics

This program incorporates many cooperative games designed to challenge participants through friendly competition. This is an ideal activity for groups with a broad range of physical ability levels.

A participant at the Adventure Centre climbing a ladder onto a high ropes course. The point of view is from on the ropes course looking down toward the ground where more participants are preparing to climb.
A participant at the Adventure Centre climbing a ladder onto a high ropes course. The point of view is from on the ropes course looking down toward the ground where more participants are preparing to climb.
A participant at the Adventure Centre climbing a ladder onto a high ropes course. The point of view is from on the ropes course looking down toward the ground where more participants are preparing to climb.

Indoor and Outdoor High Ropes Courses

Set at varying heights, our ropes courses allow members of your team to progress through various challenges and elements. This is a powerful shared experience for your group.

Climbing Tower

Our climbing tower creates a challenge for an individual participant, while their colleagues remain vitally involved on the ground. It is great for enhancing trust.

Giant Swing

The giant swing is an all-ages activity that provides opportunities for group members to rely on their team and to practice goal setting.

A participant at the Adventure Centre climbing a ladder onto a high ropes course. The point of view is from on the ropes course looking down toward the ground where more participants are preparing to climb.
A participant at the Adventure Centre climbing a ladder onto a high ropes course. The point of view is from on the ropes course looking down toward the ground where more participants are preparing to climb.
A participant at the Adventure Centre climbing a ladder onto a high ropes course. The point of view is from on the ropes course looking down toward the ground where more participants are preparing to climb.

Crate Stacking

Crate stacking is an all-ages activity that focuses on team awareness, problem solving, and cooperation.

Squirrel Climb

The Squirrel Climb is an all-ages activity that enables participants to be self-reflective and to set goals for themselves. 

Paddling on the Lake

Going for a paddle can be a rejuvenating solo activity OR it can be a cooperative problem-solving challenge with a partner. Either way, Pretty Lake itself is the star of this all-ages activity.

A participant at the Adventure Centre climbing a ladder onto a high ropes course. The point of view is from on the ropes course looking down toward the ground where more participants are preparing to climb.

Boxcar Derby

This is a great activity for builders and problem solvers! Participants must construct a functioning boxcar from minimal materials and race.

Frequently Asked Questions

“Can I come to the Adventure Centre in the winter?”

Yes! We have an indoor high ropes course, climbing wall, and several other adventure activities inside our gym. Most of our program options can be done indoors, and we would be happy to discuss those possibilities in your program consultation.

“What should I wear to the Adventure Centre?”

Most programs at the Adventure Centre take place outside in the woods. All participants MUST wear closed-toe shoes. We also recommend comfortable clothing suitable for physical activities. You can view a detailed list of what to wear/what to bring here, insert link.

“What is the age limit for the Adventure Centre?”

The Adventure Centre can provide age-appropriate programming to groups starting at 7th grade (approximately 12-13 years old) on the outdoor course, and 5th grade on the indoor courseIf you have a group that is younger, our Education Department specializes in programming for younger folks. Please visit our Education page here, insert link, for more details.

“What is the size limit for groups who want to come to the Adventure Centre?”

The maximum size group we can accommodate at one time is 120 people, the recommended minimum is 8.  If your group is larger than 120 people, we can brainstorm with you on scheduling options. Please contact the Adventure Centre and we can discuss options!

“Is lunch included in the program cost?”

The cost of meals is not in the programming cost.  Pretty Lake has an outstanding chef and meal service options. You can view detailed meal service information here, insert link. You are also welcome to provide your own food from an outside source. You can discuss meal options during your program consultation with the Adventure Centre Director.

“Do you have space where we can have a meeting before/after the program?”

Yes! We have meeting spaces to accommodate most groups. You can view detailed retreat information here, insert link. You can discuss your team’s needs during your program consultation, and the Adventure Centre Director will incorporate them into your personalized program itinerary.

“What if I want my group to stay overnight?”

No problem! Pretty Lake Camp has overnight accommodations to suit most groups. From our beautiful Retreat Centre to rustic campsites, and everything in between, we have something for everyone. Please see our Retreating page for more details about accommodations, insert link. You can discuss overnight accommodations with the Adventure Centre Director during your program consultation, and they will be incorporated into your personalized program itinerary.

Costs and Scheduling

The Adventure Centre serves a key function in the advancement of Pretty Lake’s mission to provide life-changing experiences through cost free summer camp and experiential education.  Revenue generated by the Adventure Centre directly supports our cost free summer camp, and we are grateful to every client who chooses to come to the Adventure Centre. 

Additionally, we have a three-tiered pricing system designed to help keep our programs affordable for most groups.

Half-Day Program

Full-Day Program

Non-Profit Groups

$55 per person

$95 per person

Collegiate Groups

$65 per person

$100 per person

Corporate Groups

$75 per person

$110 per person

Program scheduling at the Adventure Centre is done on a first come, first-served basis. We do programs 7 days a week, 50 weeks a year. We recommend contacting us with as much advance notice as possible to ensure you get the dates you want.

The busiest time of year at the Adventure Centre is the beginning of the school year, August-October. We recommend contacting us at least 6 months in advance if you want to schedule a program during that time. 

To check availability, ask more questions, or schedule a program consultation, please submit the form below and a representative from the Adventure Centre will contact you. OR you can email the Adventure Centre Director, Lourdes Pimentel at dr.pimentel@prettylakecamp.org.

Professional headshot of Educational Programming and Development Director Lourdes Pimentel, Ph.D. smiling and wearing a black top.

Dr. Lourdes Pimentel (she/her) is the Director of Educational Programming and Development at Pretty Lake Camp. She is dedicated to creating experiential learning programs that nurture a student’s social and emotional competencies. 

“The most valuable lesson I have learned over the years is that academics alone do not guarantee a person’s success. Other skills, such as understanding oneself and others, managing emotions, and making appropriate decisions for the situation at hand, are essential for a fulfilling and rewarding life.”

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Where is Pretty Lake Camp located?

Pretty Lake Camp is located just ten minutes from Kalamazoo (southwest of the I-94/US-131 interchange) on Q Avenue in Texas Township. 

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