The Adventure Team Challenge with GO-Adventures

The Adventure Team Challenge

The following video shows a group engaged in a few activities available in the Adventure Team Challenge – a self-led, station-to-station, rotational team building event that is ideal for large groups whose goal is fun recreational team building. GO-Adventures will select activities that enhance communication, focus on problem-solving skills, and build trust between the members of the team. Following some of the more intense activities, there will be the opportunity for a short debrief to relate the lessons learned through the activity back to the job.

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Here are a couple of activity descriptions to explain what you are seeing in the video:

Airlock
Time Frame: 25 minutes to complete the challenge

Introduction and Guidelines
Your entire team must work together to build a structure that will allow a ball to be rolled from one side of the blue nylon sheet to the other.

  1. Only two participants can be inside the boundary at a time.
  2. A participant must close his/her eyes and hold their breath for the entire time inside the boundary.  Once you run out of air, you must exit the boundary.
  3. Teammates can give direction from outside the boundary, but cannot otherwise assist the participant who is doing the construction.
  4. Once the bridge is complete, the team will roll the ball from one side to the other.
  5. Be sure to completely dismantle the structure before moving on to your next activity.

Hint:
Plan ahead and remember that the more you hold your breath, the more difficult it becomes to complete this problem-solving activity.  Be sure that team members take turns!

Debrief:
What went well?
What could have been improved?
Who stepped up as a leader? What was it about their leadership style that made you want to follow that person?
How is “The Airlock” activity like working within your organization?
What can we take away from this activity about how to more effectively run projects and communicate with one another?

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Minefield

Time Frame: 25 minutes to complete the challenge

Introduction and Guidelines
Working in teams of two, a sighted partner will describe to their blindfolded partner how to safely traverse an area that is littered with obstacles.

Rules:

  1. Divide your group into pairs – one partner wears the blindfold, and the other partner tells him/her how to accomplish the task.
  2. Two blindfolded partners will begin at opposite ends of the minefield (long ends), attempting to cross one another without contact, and continuing to the opposite side of the perimeter.
  3. The sighted partner will communicate to the blindfolded partner how to traverse – however, they can only use verbal commands, and cannot use English (or any other commonly recognized language).  The partners must come up with a new, unique language.
  4. The consequence for touching an obstacle is “losing a limb” – either an arm or a leg becomes immobile.  If you lose all four limbs, you are frozen.
  5. Frozen team members can only be un-frozen when another teammate enters the obstacle course and steps on the rubber chicken.

Hint:
Communication can be any sound that is useful, other than words in English or another common language.  Think of ways to communicate any type of movement – forward, reverse, left, right, long step, short step, etc.  Keep in mind that there will be other teams working at the same time as yours, so things might get a little loud!

Please note:  If a participant has difficulty maintaining his/her balance when wearing the blindfold, the sighted partner can help stabilize the partner from outside the circle – leaning in and giving a hand.

Debrief:
What went well?
What could have been improved?
What were some of the challenges with trying to communicate with your partner and within your group?
For effective communication to take place, what was required of the partners and the team?
How is “The Minefield” activity like working within your organization?
What can we take away from this activity about how to more effectively run projects and communicate with one another?