The staff and board of Highland are committed to making sure that guests and campers have fun, unique, and engaging outdoor activity options when they come to Highland. After a lot of brainstorming, two new activities rose to the top: life-sized human foosball and a disc golf course. Word is getting out about the activities, but not everyone knows what they are!
Human Foosball Court
Imagine a foosball table come to life, with human players “attached” to crossbars – able to move only side to side and face only in one direction – with the sole mission of putting a ball in the opposing team’s goal – while feet kick wildly in all directions. (A temporary version, used at our recent youth retreats, is pictured above.)
Construction of a permanent human foosball court will begin this spring and be complete in time for summer: a 16’x45’ concrete pad located near the pool, three foot high walls surrounding, openings at either end serving as goals, eight galvanized pipes across the width to serve as cross bars with PVC sleeves designed to slide back and forth. Eventually we hope to have the funds to put the activity under a roof, creating a versatile covered pavilion. The court size is designed to accommodate 7 to 10 players per side, the size of a summer camp cabin group, but we anticipate this being popular with all groups who come to Highland. If you have a retreat at Highland this summer and you want to do something fun and unique, go ahead and plan your own human foosball tournament!
Nine-Hole Disc Golf Course
Highland is also seeking to create a nine-hole disc golf course. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, but instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc or Frisbee. As an outdoor sport, it can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels, and it gets people active in nature. Highland’s nine holes will be located on the Upper Highland grounds and utilize a combination of forests and fields. The course will available for all guests, without fees, and discs will be available at the main office.
Each Highland tee will be a 5’x12’ level gravel pad with a fairway sign, and each ‘hole’ an elevated metal basket with chains designed to trap a moving disc. The fairways will vary between 200 and 300 feet, with trees, shrubs, and terrain changes in and around the fairways to provide challenging obstacles. More competitive disc golf courses often have longer fairways, but we recognize that most players at Highland will not have the skills of competitive disc golfers.
We hope to start construction this July, funding permitting, and are inviting businesses, Sunday School classes, and others to donate $600 over two years to sponsor a hole. These sponsorships will cover the equipment and materials. Contact us if you’d like to be a sponsor, or if you’d like to volunteer your time to help with construction!