Tucker Leadership Lab was created through the capstone legacy project of the Pryor Leadership Fellows Class of 2000. They were inspired by their challenge course experience during an Outward Bound Everglades trip. This experience was so influential in developing them as leaders and in binding them together as a team that they wanted to open the opportunity for this kind of growth to the Liberty/Kansas City area as well! What began as a small project of creating a portable Quest Course – a low challenge course quickly blossomed into a multi-faceted, experiential education powerhouse that we now know as the Tucker Leadership Lab.
The original design included several Quest Course – a low challenge course structures, the Outlook Tower, an outdoor climbing wall and an individual traversing high challenge course known as the Cardinal Course. All was going well until the Liberty tornado of 2003 struck. The Outlook Tower – a high challenge course amazingly was undamaged, even though two large trees on either side were destroyed. But the sad climbing wall laid on its side and the Cardinal Course was damaged beyond repair. The bright spot in the midst of the destruction was that during the few short years of TLL’s operation the original design company, Alpine Towers Inc., had created a new design for a team high challenge course. Within just a few short months after the tornado, the TLL Odyssey Course – a team high challenge course was opened! The addition of the Odyssey Course has given a new dimension to provide a fuller team experience now available to TLL groups.
In 2011, TLL celebrated “Ten Years of Tucker” by unveiling a new logo. At first glance, it is just two ropes tied together…but wait! The knotted ropes are actually hands! These clasping hands are a strong symbol of the teamwork that TLL strives to facilitate.
The future for TLL looks bright and filled with teams of old and new friends alike!