4-H Builds on 30 Years Of Teambuilding (Advertisement)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, May. 10, 2010 12:00 am  

Challenge your team at the largest high ropes course in the state.

C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center
#1 Four H Way
Little Rock, Ark.  72223
(501) 821-4444
(501) 821-2545 (fax)

Number of Employees: 28
Top Executive: Bob Blake, Center Director
Product or Service: Adult Conferences and Youth Camping, Teambuilding/Leadership and Outdoor Education. Also provides food beverage and lodging.
Year Founded: 1980

Gazing at the picturesque foothills of the Ouachita Mountains looming on the horizon above a pristine lake, it may be hard for visitors to the Arkansas 4-H Foundation’s C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center to believe they are only 10 miles west of the hustle and bustle of Little Rock.

Some visitors headed there have clearly grasped the concept of rural solitude but don’t realize the impressive amenities that await them at this state-of-the-art conference and meeting facility. The proof?

“People show up with sleeping bags sometimes,” said Bob Blake, for 15 years the center’s director. But there’s no need to pack any camping gear when visiting this thoroughly modern facility that boasts 94 guest rooms with private baths, full dining facilities, a 500-seat auditorium, multiple meeting rooms, state-of-the-art communications technology including wireless internet, and a variety of outdoor activities designed to provide challenges, fun and teambuilding benefits for the thousands of adults and children who visit each year.

Repeat Meetings

“For the 30 years we’ve been in business, the Arkansas 4-H Center has offered a casual atmosphere at a reasonable price, which is why we have so much repeat business,” Blake said. “Our facilities are perfect for church retreats, business meetings and government training. Groups using the center can also participate in other activities such as canoeing, swimming, hiking and our experiential team building program, which includes our high ropes course, team rock climbing and orienteering.”

In the late 1960s, when C.A. Vines was director of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, he and the members of the foundation board had a vision of a first-class education center for 4-H and the youth of Arkansas. And the center that today carries his name has become just that. While the multi-faceted facility is owned by the Arkansas 4-H Foundation, it continues to operate as a 501(c)(3) organization partnered with the Cooperative Extension Service in a manner true to the founding board’s vision.

Rewarding Experiences

What was already top-notch got a huge boost in 2003 with the completion of the Donald W. Reynolds Continuing Education Wing, which includes a 500-seat auditorium, a computer lab and three conference rooms – an addition that further separates the center from other conference facilities.

All the indoor amenities that combine to meet guests’ every need – personally and professionally – are complemented by many outdoors components, including the ExCEL program, a training and development program that since 1986 has given more than 60,000 participants opportunities to learn new ways to deal with typical team-based issues.

“We have clients who come every year, from the participants in the Leadership Greater Little Rock program conducted by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce to corporate, church and nonprofit groups,” Program Director J.J. Pitman said.

The C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center continues to offer an appealing variety of rewarding experiences as a first-class conference, meeting and retreat facility that awaits Arkansans – and visitors from around the world – only a few miles west of the state’s largest city. No sleeping bags required!



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