Frequently Asked Questions
When can I schedule a challenge program?
Challenge programs can be scheduled any day of the week during daylight hours. By providing two date options, we will do everything in our power to schedule your group during a time that’s best for you.
Is there a better time of year to schedule a program?
This is largely up to your group and your needs. The Boiler Challenge Program is very popular during August and September when student organizations are returning to campus. It is recommended for August dates to submit your request form prior to June. This will give your group a better chance of getting the date/time that works best for you.
Does the Boiler Challenge close during the year?
No. We are open year round; however, weather does play a role in whether or not a program can take place. If you are looking for a winter program, it is recommended that you choose an indoor portable program.
What is the minimum & maximum numbers we can bring?
Eight is the minimum for all programs. There is no maximum for a low or portable course. A partial high course maximum is 16 and a full high maximum is 28.
What is the minimum age for a Boiler Challenge program?
Due to the physical ability needed, the high course has a minimum age of 13. All other programs are at the discretion of the Boiler Challenge Manager. We can tailor all programs to fit any need. Just call and ask to see if we can meet the need of your group.
What should we wear to the challenge course?
You should wear comfortable, casual, athletic-type clothing with sturdy shoes such as sneakers or hiking boots. Open-toed shoes, shoes without a heel, or sandals are not permitted on the Boiler Challenge Course.
What if I have a physical disability or am out of shape?
The Boiler Challenge is for everyone – physical abilities need not be an issue. We are proud to be all inclusive. We can tailor a program to accommodate most any physical disabilities. Please contact the staff if you have special needs.
What happens if it rains?
A challenge program can be held in some types of inclement weather, such as light rain. However, if weather does become a factor, we will work with your group to schedule a make-up date.
Can a Boiler Challenge Program take place in the cold or/snow?
This will depend on the temperature, wind chill and the type of program your group is signed up for. Proper attire of your group is also important and plays a role into the decision.
What do we do with valuables & accessories?
Please leave any valuable personal items/accessories at home or in your vehicle. We do provide a box to keep items in, but the Boiler Challenge Program is not responsible for anything lost, stolen, or damaged.
Where is the course located?
The course is located on the south-west side of the Purdue University campus. The entrance is to the west of the Black Fields.