We love coming back to this place! Because we know every time we come, that this place brings about healing.
- School Staff Member, Fall

Observations by 100 Elk Staff

On numerous occasions, kids with purported physical or mental disabilities were held in the highest stead and they were able to excel in activities exceeding their own and their teachers’ expectations. Kid with broken legs, ADD, ADHD, Autism, etc. were leaders in activities often setting the physical and emotional example all to the bewilderment and pleasant surprise of their teacher. We have received much fruitage in the form of gratitude toward the kids, having witnessed their inherent goodness.
100 Elk Staff Member
I have watched many students come through our programs and drop physical and mental limitations. I've seen students reach out to the lower achievers in their class. I have observed students love one another and drop the boundaries and limitations they put on themselves in school.
- 100 Elk Staff Member
There was one 8th grade girl who was was saying rude comments to other students and staff when she arrived. But by the time she got to me in the high ropes rotation, she was pleasant and helpful to all the other students and staff. I was with her again that evening for a night hike and she was still pleasant and fun to be around. After a short time at 100 Elk her attitude changed and she was no longer offending others.
- 100 Elk Staff Member

I’ve witnessed so many different transformations of thought. Time and time again, I’ve been able to coach kids at the ropes course in overcoming their fear of heights and falling. As staff we are taught an unconditional love, a “clear sense and calm trust,” uncontaminated energy and patience, and genuine laughter! We love our job and the different schools, teachers and kids are fully aware of this and have repeatedly thanked us for it.
100 Elk Staff Member
A young man from a small school was intelligent and unique. He was humble, although not very self confident. His father was with the group. He mentioned to me what a “significant challenge” the ropes course would be for his son. I silently acknowledged the young man had all the strength, joy and confidence he needed. Naturally, the young man challenged himself to do good, and almost immediately, he took on new challenges, without fearing defeat or hopelessness. Chaperones/parents, myself and the kids joyfully encouraged each other. With eyes wide with wonder, not fear, the young man jumped for the “leap of faith” and simply became pensive when he missed it. “Wow” his dad said! The following element, the log walk, seemed to make the young man more “pensive”. He used incredible moral courage starting it, then combated fear the whole way through. I witnessed grace and courage in his first steps on the log. The dad watched speechless at a distance. From his trembling hug and “Wow, I am so proud of you. Your whole group did more than I expected,” I knew his son had conquered fear and felt victorious. Everyone witnessed fear’s defeat on the ropes course in our group that day!
100 Elk Staff Member