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Facilitated Activities

Team-Based Challenge Course

Certified Ropes Instructors will guide your group, team, or class through trust-building activities that help develop problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.

High and Low Ropes Course Initiatives and Elements

Certified Ropes Instructors will guide your group, team, or class through trust-building activities that help develop problem-solving, communication, and teamwork on our high and low ropes courses. Low ropes elements feature minimal trust-falls, balancing, low heights, and basic problem-solving, while high ropes elements involve greater heights, some climbing and leaping elements, and more intensive problem-solving.

Team Fun and Special Events

Arrange a special event for your team or group! Modeled after our most popular summer camp activities, groups can enjoy team obstacle courses that traverse the entirety of our property, scavenger hunts, or our ever-popular Mission Impossible event that takes place at night and, as the name indicates, involves team missions and various obstacles and challenges that must be overcome. Consult an event manager for more details. Have an idea that isn’t mentioned here? Chances are, we can arrange it! Contact an event manager today to design a special game, party, or event for your group. Visit our summer camp website for more ideas.

Lake Activities

Cool off in our private, spring-fed lake! Relax in a pool chair on our Balcones Beach or swimming dock, or enjoy one of our water slides or water toys, including the trampoline and the ever-famous Blob!

Horseback

Riders of all experience levels can get a true taste of the Texas Hill Country on a Balcones Springs trail ride. Trained instructors will teach guests basic safety procedures, animal care, and riding techniques and lead guests on a trail ride catered to their skill and experience levels. Special sunrise trail rides available upon request.

Rock Climbing Wall

Certified ropes instructors will guide climbers of all experience levels on our rock wall. Learn the basics of climbing safety and techniques while ascending different routes catered to various skill sets.

Screamer

Take a ride on our “human swing” — a harness-suspension ride that takes off from from the top of our climbing wall. Certified ropes instructors will guide you on the ride and ensure fun and safety. A great alternative to the zip line for those too small and a beginning step for those wanting to work their way up.

Zip Line across Lake Ted

Enjoy one of the most coveted and talked-about amenities the Retreat has to offer! Certified ropes instructors will guide you on a zip line ride across our spring-fed lake. Enjoy a beautiful aerial view of our Hill Country property and into the wilderness beyond. A great way to experience all the adventure Balcones Springs has to offer.

Charlotte’s Web: Aerial Bungee

Enjoy time spinning in the air or simply jumping on our “magical trampoline.” Certified Ropes Instructors will facilitate this activity. Ideal for children but enjoyable for all ages.

Skeet Shooting

Enjoy time in the wilderness with friends and family on our skeet shooting range. Guidance and coaching from our activities staff will teach proper firing technique and range safety to all skill levels. All equipment and ammo is provided. A great way for groomsmen (or bridal parties!) to spend time together during the weekend of their big day.

Rifle Range

Children and less experienced shooters can learn and refine their marksmanship at our stationary riflery range. Guidance and coaching from our activities staff will teach proper firing technique and range safety to all skill levels. All equipment and ammo is provided. Guests can take home their paper targets as a memento and way of tracking their progress!

Archery

Archers of all backgrounds and levels can learn, develop, and test their skill and accuracy on our Balcones Springs archery range. Trained instructors help guests hone their technique on both stationary and moving targets. All equipment is provided. Guidance and coaching from our activities staff will teach proper firing technique and range safety to all skill levels.

Movie Night under the Stars

Enjoy your favorite film under the stars in one of our many outdoor viewing areas. This activity includes popcorn, drinks, candy (by request), blankets and bean bag chairs, and a movie of your choice. In the case of rain, we can relocate the movie to our outdoor pavilion.

Bonfire

Enjoy s’mores and hot cocoa at sunset or under the late-night stars at one of our bonfire rings. A fun and intimate way to open or close your event, retreat, or wedding under the Hill Country sky.