Frequently Asked Questions – Parties

What kind of party would fit my group?
Can you tell me about the Terrapin Adventures’ facility and amenities?
What kind of food options do you have?
Is there a place to bring food and eat, or do I have to order food from TA?
What kind of background do your facilitators have?
What are requirements for children parties?
How far in advance should I consider booking?
What if I don’t have 10 people, can I still qualify for a group rate?
What kind of physical shape do my group’s participants have to be in?
What should I wear?
What are your bad weather, rescheduling, and cancellation policy?
When should we arrive for our party?
Where do I tell parents to pick up or drop off their children?
What if I am afraid of heights?
How safe are the courses?
Can I take my camera/cell phone out on the course?
Why do I need to sign a waiver?

What kind of party would fit my group?

You can complete an inquiry form (link to inquiry form) or call us for a free consultation at 301-725-1313.  We pride ourselves on being responsive to the unique needs of every group and can adjust a program based on the group’s demographics.  Each party package described on our Party Packages page lists the minimum/maximum group size, age, height & weight requirements, length of time and cost.  We also can customize a party if you do not see what you like.

Can you tell me about the Terrapin Adventures’ facility and amenities?

In addition to having a unique outdoor adventure center, Terrapin Adventures has two indoor party rooms where your group can eat and celebrate your festive occasion.  Each room can accommodate up to 24 people.  There are rest rooms located on the first floor of Savage Mill.

Our course is built and inspected by Inner Quest, a founding member of the Association For Challenge Course Technology. We carry general liability, workers compensation and property insurance that are up to industry standards.

What kind of food options do you have?

  • Cake and drinks: Add $6 per person
  • Pizza and drinks: Add $10 per person (3 slices per person)
  • Picnic lunch with sandwich, chips, cookies, drink: Add $12 per person
  • Healthy picnic lunch with sandwich or salad, chips, carrots, fruit, cookie, and drink: Add $14 per person
  • Gourmet box lunch with sandwich/salad, side dish, desert and beverage: Add $22 per person
  • Bring your own food and use our party room for 30 minutes: Add $30 flat fee.
  • We can refer you to Rams Head Tavern next door where they many menu choices for groups.

Is there a place to bring food and eat, or do I have to order food from TA?

If the food options we offer do not work for your group, you can bring your own food and utilize our Party Studio for 30 minutes for a flat fee. There are other areas around the Savage Mill you could look to picnic, but they are not exclusive to TA.

What kind of background do your facilitators have?

At Terrapin Adventures, our facilitators are specially trained in helping people realize their full potential in a fun environment. We would be happy to provide references. All of our staff is CPR and First Aid certified, and we always emphasize safety first.   We pride ourselves on exemplary Guest-Guide interaction. For more details on our team click here (link to our team page)

What are requirements for children parties?

Each party package has different age, height and weight requirements listed. The Traiblazer package is for kids 5-9 years old and at least 35 lbs.   Generally for the other packages, participants must be at least 8 years old, 48 inches tall, and weight 60 lbs.and some of our elements have a 70 lb. minimum weight requirement. While at Terrapin Adventures you agree to abide by the following rules:

  • Parents/chaperones will be asked to help with their groups by maintaining order, clipping in participant’s harnesses and/or placing helmets on the child’s head, and, if necessary and after instruction by Terrapin Adventures staff, belaying climbers.
  • Youths must be escorted with guides or chaperones at all times – including lunch and bathroom breaks.
  • Guests will use quiet voices when inside Savage Mill to show respect to the other stores.
  • Guests will clean up after themselves and treat equipment lent to them with respect.
  • Please do not run, chew gum, smoke, or use profanity while on our course.
  • Buses must be parked on the upper levels of the parking lot after dropping off passengers.

How far in advance should I consider booking?

We recommend that you plan your party event months in advance to get your preferred date. Many of our groups come back every year so we recommend that you plan ahead.  To reserve a date, we ask that you sign a contract and put down at least a 50% deposit or a credit card hold to guarantee the selected time. (see cancellation section).

What if I don’t have 10 people, can I still qualify for a group rate?

No, you can however register for events through the Book an Adventure section of our website at a la cart pricing.

What kind of physical shape do my group’s participants have to be in?

We design our team building programs to be inclusive.  After having a consultation with you, we will design a program that fits your group’s abilities.  Most programs require participants to be to handle light exertion, be able to walk in the woods, climb stairs unassisted and weigh between 70 and 275 pounds. Pregnant women, people with heart, leg or spine problems or other serious illnesses are discouraged from participating on all adventures and tours. Persons unsure of their physical ability should consult their personal physician first. No smoking, chewing gum, profanity, drugs or alcohol are permitted on the tour at any time.

Guests must be able to move independently as they moderately exert themselves over the physically challenging course. Terrapin Adventures reserves the right to restrict, access or deny admission if we feel the element is not appropriate for the individual.

What should I wear?

Dress appropriately for the weather in comfortable clothing that will not prohibit any athletic activity and could potentially get dirty. Layers are recommended during the cool weather months.  Participants must have sturdy, closed-toed shoes. No sandals, slippers, or high-heeled shoes. Participants with long hair are recommended to tie it back as to not conflict with the safety systems and equipment. Do not bring any jewelry or valuables on the course, as we will not be responsible if they are lost. Guests are recommended to bring water bottles to stay hydrated on warm days.

What are your bad weather, rescheduling, and cancellation policy?

Once your group has confirmed the event date with a signed contract, and your group cancels more than 30 days prior to your originally scheduled program date, there is no additional charge for cancelling. If you cancel less than 30 days before the original date, your group will owe 50% of the minimum program cost by the original program date. This balance will be available as a credit for an event within the next 6 months.

Our preference is to reschedule your group for an alternative date and time. If you decide to reschedule within 180 days of your originally scheduled date, you will be subject to a $50 rescheduling fee. When you reschedule, you agree to have at least 50% of the minimum program cost made available to us by the original date. This balance will be available as a credit for an event within the next 6 months.

When should we arrive for our party?

Please plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your scheduled start time. This will give you enough time to check-in and prepare for your event. We strongly suggest you complete the consent and waiver form in advance to save time at check-in.

Where do I tell parents to drop off and pick up their kids?

We provide eat party a set of directions to our course, which you can distribute in advance along with the waiver forms. These directions will lead them specifically to our office, where we can direct them to the groups whereabouts at the time.

What if I am afraid of heights?

Read the description of each party package to see if it is appropriate for your group.  Terrapin Adventures guides have been specially trained to help you overcome any fears that you may have.  We do offer other types of team building programs that do not require climbing. We operate on a Challenge by Choice premise so if a participant is uncomfortable with an activity, they can opt out.

How safe are the courses?

Your safety is our highest priority. The courses are designed by Inner Quest, an experienced adventure course builder and one of the founders of the Association of Challenge Course Technology and signed off by a licensed Maryland engineer and designed to exceed any expected stresses. The course has also been inspected by the State of Maryland. Guests are always secured by a safety line and the courses have a built-in redundancy. Guides have been specially trained in the use of the equipment, first-aid and rescue techniques. Each day the courses and equipment are inspected for wear and proper functioning.

Can I take my camera/cell phone out on the course?

Yes, but you do so at your own risk. Our guides may ask you to put away your camera when you are on a section of the course that needs your full attention. Periodically, we will have roving photographers taking action and group shots which you can find on our Facebook page or you can arrange to purchase and have the jpeg files sent to your email address.

Why do I need to sign a waiver?

Although safety is our primary concern, this is still an adventure center with inherent levels of risk. We want to make sure that you understand what the party program entails and that you agree to participate. Click here to download the Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risk Agreement you will be signing before we can let you on the course. Even observers and chaperones will need to complete a consent/waiver form.  Please remember to print it out and bring a signed copy with you to speed your check-in process.  If you forget your waiver, we have available copies at the front desk, where you check-in.