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Gibbs Lake Challenge Course

Program Contact: Sarah Pederson, 4-H Youth & Families Coordinator
(360) 379.5610 x 208 •


Gibbs Lake Challenge Course is currently undergoing restoration.
  • During 2020 and 2021 the Gibbs Lake Challenge Course suffered from disuse.  Overgrown vegetation needs to be removed around challenge elements and access trails.
  • Work parties will be organized during spring/summer 2022, with the goal of clearing vegetation and debris from around each challenge element.
  • If you are interested in helping with trail clearing, please contact the Jefferson County 4-H office.


4-H Challenge Course at Gibbs Lake Park

This Jefferson County Park hosts over 300 acres of beautiful, secondary and old growth forests, fishing, trails, and more.  Nestled in this setting, the Challenge Course consists of nine, group-building “elements” and is the only certified ropes course on the Olympic Peninsula.


What is a 4-H Challenge?

4-H challenge courses foster team development, leadership and personal growth within a group setting. Using a series of fun

and engaging outdoor learning activities, participants strengthen relationships, improve communication, and develop their leadership skills and abilities.  Each Course session is facilitated by a trained, Certified 4-H Challenge Facilitator who safely guides participants through fun games and new challenges.


4-H Adventure Education

Through the Challenge Course participants experience the best of 4-H Adventure Education: safe, learning experiences in which participants choose to take appropriate risks and push their own growing edges.  Taking appropriate risks — such as trying a new way of communicating or an unfamiliar activity — with the full support of the group, can help participants discover hidden strengths and tools for dealing with adversity. It is ultimately the participant who decides their level of involvement.


Who May Participate?

The minimum age for challenge course participants is 10. The 4-H Challenge Program can be tailored to benefit the mission of any group it serves, such as:

  • Schools (public or private)
  • Youth organizations
  • Adults who work with youth
  • Leadership groups
  • Treatment programs
  • Work training programs
  • Government and business groups that work with youth

How Do I Arrange to Bring My Group to Gibbs Lake Challenge Course?

If you have a group of 8-or-more participants who would like to participate, please contact the 4-H Youth & Families Coordinator Sarah Pederson to discuss dates, facilitators, costs, required forms, and other details.

To prepare for this conversation, you may wish to download our Group Registration and Pre-Event Process Form.



Costs for Using Gibbs Lake Challenge Course:
  • $20/participant/day (helps to cover the cost of course maintenance and to provide a modest honorarium for volunteer facilitators)
  • Optional Portable Restroom Fee (park facilities within a 5 min. walk of the Course): $160
  • Limited scholarships may be available to 4-H youth/clubs upon request to Sarah Pederson.

All fees are payable to:
WSU Jefferson County Extension 4-H, 121 Oak Bay Rd., Port Hadlock, WA 98339


Download 4-H Challenge Course at Gibbs Lake Brochure


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