The group initiatives course is a series of low-to-the-ground challenges that focus specifically on team development through planning and problem-solving. The attempts and results in each group are creative, fun, and helpful in building group cohesiveness. Challenges are physical, but not athletic. Challenges are intellectual, but not rocket science. All challenges are team-oriented. Success or failure is not based on speed or skill, but on developing as a team.

Following each challenge, staff facilitate group discussion on how the challenge relates to everyday life. The nature and focus of the group determines the direction of the discussion. Some groups benefit from direct questioning, while other groups may simply assign a letter grade to their level of communication. Whatever the form of discussion, participants leave the activity having reflected on their role in the experience.