Confidence and Team Building Games

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TEAM BUILDING GAMES

All Aboard

You need an item that is foldable and preferably not too slippery. (An old flannel-backed tablecloth works well.)

In front of the group, the leader spreads the cloth and explains that when "All Aboard" is called, everyone is to get both feet onto the 'platform'. All Aboard is called, everyone is praised and asked to move back off the platform. Fold the cloth in half (or just fold 1/3 under), lay it down, and call All Aboard again. This is where they begin to get the picture and begin to coooperate. Continue to make the platform smaller and smaller until safety forces you to stop. -- Micheline England

Electric Fence

Clove hitch a line between two trees, etc., so that you have at least 5 feet of line showing. Have your team assemble on one side. The line should be hip-high on the tallest person in the group, guaranteeing that no one can step over it. They are told that this is an electric fence - anyone touching it or the space between it and the ground is electrocuted. They must get their entire team across (over) the electric fence safely. (A touch means a start-over). Please set a few groundrules first, like no diving over the rope! (Team members must be passed.) -- Micheline England

Building a Team

As a group, explain that every member of a team will have ideas that don't necessarily mesh with other members of the group. That doesn't mean they are bad ideas! Every member of a team should have the opportunity to offer input for a successful outcome.

Separate the boys into two groups. Give each a big pile of blocks or Lincoln Logs. Tell them they have two minutes to discuss what they'd like to build -- WITHOUT TOUCHING THE BUILDING MATERIALS. Then, when time is called, tell them they now have two minutes to build WITHOUT TALKING. Remind them as they build to "ssshhhhh" if one starts to direct or whisper, "No, No!"

Afterwards look at the buildings. In our Bear den we had two very distinct types of structures: one very tall and sturdy and one low but with tons of detail (fence, people and animals, gate). Explain that both are perfect examples of different ideas and that both solved the problem at hand -- building a structure. Also, explain that even though someone in their group may have begun performing an act that didn't coordinate with their discussion, the end product still worked out. -- Pam Powers


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