Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Project Adventure and ACCT Association for Challenge Course Technology

will hold its 22nd annual conference in Boston this year – February 9-12 at Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA – 607 attendees are expected.

The proximity of the conference has gotten us thinking about PA’s long and interesting history with ACCT.  In a recent interview, Bob Ryan, PA’s Director of Safety and RiskManagement , recalled a Ropes Course Builders Symposium in 1988 when members began discussing the need for an association. The first actual association meeting was held at an AEE conference at Smuggler’s Notch in the fall of 1993. There were 35 attendees. The founding members included:  Adventure Experiences, Cradle Rock, Inner Quest, Project Adventure and Signature Research.

The Association was formed to develop challenge course installation standards. Bob recalled a moment when the original members were trying to come up with a name for the organization. When Association for Challenge Course Technology was suggested, Rich Klajnscek, a PA builder at that time, jumped out of his seat and said, “Then the acronym would be ACCT!!” The name was finalized in that moment.

Project Adventure has been represented on the ACCT board and on a variety of committees since the beginning. Randy Smith of Inner Quest served as the first board president;  DickProuty of PA as the first vice president. Bob Ryan has served on the board for approximately 10 years.

PA is honored to support and participate with this essential and progressive organization.

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