Hit The Ropes

One-day Student Leadership Development Experience

OPPORTUNITY: Beginning in 1994, Fran Kick teamed up with Frank Crockett, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) to create this one-day program at Dartmouth Hospital, a private, for-profit in-patient behavioral health facility.

RESULT: By combining Fran’s high-energy presentations with Frank’s high-level ropes course experiences, this program integrated leadership and teambuilding theory into an interactive hands-on day for high school student leaders. This non-stop, 9am to 9pm, fast-paced program reached student councils from area high schools in the summer of 1994 and 1995.


Dartmouth Behavioral Health System

Fran Kick and Frank Crocket

Fran Kick and Frank Crockett first started collaboratively leading interactive experiential programming with this program in 1994. Both Fran and Frank created a series of interactive, team-building, problem-solving initiatives which integrate leadership theory into hands-on practice right then and there. This one-day event was a high-energy, high-level ropes course, leadership and team-building experience for high school student councils.