The Kenwood Press
: 03/01/2014

Ropes course training program

Challenge Sonoma Adventure Ropes Course (CSARC) is gearing up for its annual Spring Ropes Course Leader Training Program, March 6 through 9 at one of northern California’s most beautiful locations on Sonoma Mountain above the Sonoma Developmental Center in Eldridge. Potential ropes course leaders, ages 15 years and up, are invited to participate in this training which provides opportunities both to enhance outdoor leadership skills and also to “give back” through voluntary community service. This year’s program begins on Thursday, March 6, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., and continues from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 7 through 9. Successfully trained leaders are required to volunteer a minimum of seven days during CSARC’s season of operation from April through November.

Established in 1984, CSARC is a non-profit group of dedicated community volunteers serving Sonoma Valley school children and youth-at-risk. At the heart of this far-reaching organization are CSARC’s leaders and expert trainers, Jim Tonery, a former Sonoma Valley Teacher of the Year and Flowery School teacher, and Diana Rhoten, director of Rhoten Productions summer camps.

CSARC trainers engage over 1,500 participants annually in outdoor experiences that promote self-awareness, inspire learning and offer strategies for success. Local students from both public and private schools are the focus and most frequent participants in CSARC’s adventures.

Tuition for the training is $125. For more information or to enroll in the program please contact Diana Rhoten at 484-7759 or email her at