About | This game requires everyone in the team to move from one point to another as a team. The catch is each member is handicapped and they will have to work together to reach the set destination.
Goal | Demonstrate that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and the way to success is by complimenting and supporting each other
Emphasis | Cooperation, Communication, Trust
Items | Blindfolds and ropes in 2 feet lengths (Get a large piece of dark coloured cloth and cut it into smaller pieces to make the blindfolds and ropes equivalent)
Size | 6 onwards
Setting | Go Outdoors
Time | About an hour
- Divide the group into teams of 5 to 12 people. If the group is small, make it just a team.
- Have each team line up in a single file at the starting point.
- Tell them that their mission is to walk to the set destination together as a team.
- However, they have to get into the following team setup: Bind one hand (at the wrist) of the 1st to the 2nd member’s. Then bind one leg (at the ankle) of the 2nd member with the 3rd’s. Next bind the 3rd member’s hand with the 4th’s and the 4th’s leg with the 5th and so on. Once they are done, blindfold the 1st and every other members in the team!
- Now that they are ready, let them start walking as a team to the set destination.
- You can create some obstacles along the path which you want the team to traverse or use the outdoor terrains and trees to add fun challenges to the walk.
- The first team that reaches the destination together first AND safely (no casualties or complaints) wins.
- How is the team setup similar to actual team characteristics and members’ strengths and weaknesses?
- Was the team walk easy or difficult? How was your individual experience?
- How did you manage to walk as a team to the set destination with the different handicap imposed on your team members? (Answer: cooperation, communication, tolerance)
- What are the important elements of communication in this activity, especially for those who were blindfolded? (Answer: clear instruction & need trust)
- What can you learn from this team walk which can be applied to actual team seating?
If there are any part of this instructions you want to clarify, leave me a comment.