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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Be the first to experience the Hub and Spoke Ropes Challenge Course at Camp Long

8/22/2012  1:18:00 PM

Be the first to experience the Hub and Spoke Ropes Challenge Course at Camp Long

Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods, King County Youth Sports, Washington State Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, and the Camp Long Advisory Council invite the community to the Camp Long Dessert Auction-Coffeehouse Concert fundraiser on September 22, 2012 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Camp Long. Camp Long is located at 5200 35th Ave. SW in West Seattle. 

Come celebrate the beginning of fall, explore the Hub and Spoke element on the Challenge Course from the ground and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to be the first to explore the Hub and Spoke element in the air. The event is $10 and raffle tickets will be on sale the entire evening along with music from local musicians and an opportunity to bid on homemade or local business made desserts. All proceeds go toward furthering environmental education through school programs and the challenge course.

This park element, phase 2 of the Ropes Challenge Course at Camp Long, offers an opportunity for participants to learn skills such as problem solving, communication, cooperation and teamwork. 

The Camp Long Advisory Council has been working and fundraising for the Challenge Course for some six years. The Hub and Spoke element is both physically and mentally challenging, consisting of high platforms, interconnected activities, routes on slim beams, wobbly steps, and swings and ropes to clutch or walk on. Trained facilitators lead participants, always harnessed in safety equipment, through the course. The course requires physical and mental coordination. A hub and spoke course is built like a wheel; activities radiate from a center hub with a large platform to the outside poles, which are then connected together by other activities. The course will feature student focused curricula that use activities to strengthen critical life skills including decision making, self confidence, positive risk taking, self esteem and leadership.

Camp Long is one of Seattle's best kept secrets. Located in West Seattle, this 68 acre park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature, hike in the forest, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb, and learn about natural history. For more information on this event please contact 206-684-7334 or visit  For more information on the project, please click here. To learn more about the Challenge Course, please email Ken Turner, Challenge Course Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at, or call him at 206-399-2205.

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