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Obstacle course

Create an outdoor obstacle course where team members can learn to listen and trust one another. Use common outdoor items such as a playground, trash cans and landscape to create a basic obstacle course. Separate the team into pairs. Provide one person with a blindfold and allow the other to use their sight. Line the pairs up in a single-file line and allow each pair to complete the course, having the one with sight guide the blindfolded person with only words. Do not allow the person with sight use his or her hands or other gestures to guide the person. At the end of the course talk with the team about the importance of listening skills, following directions and leadership.

Water balloon war

Buy water balloons and fill them before beginning the game. Have each team draw their team symbol on a flag. Instruct the teams that their objective is to capture the other team’s flag. Draw a line in the middle of the field and give each team a side. As long as the teams remain on their sides, they cannot throw water balloons at the opposing team. Once a team member from the opposing side crosses the line, the team can throw water balloons with the intention of hitting him or her. If a person is hit with a water balloon on the opposing side, he or she is out. Play the game until someone from the opposing team captures the other team’s flag and successfully crosses back onto his or her team’s side of the field.

Goal setting & cooperation

Provide your group with an over-sized inflatable ball. Tell them that this game only has two rules: keep the ball in the air, and no player can touch the ball twice in a row. Ask the group how many hits they'll be able to accumulate while keeping the ball in the air. Start the game by throwing the ball and setting the players loose.

When the ball finally hits the ground, ask if they accomplished their goal. If not, see if it's time to reassess and try for a different goal. If they accomplished the goal, change the rules. Tell them that this time, once a player has touched the ball, that player can't touch it again until everyone else has touched it. Ask the players to set a goal for how many touches they will achieve. Start the game again.

Debrief after the game and ask what they learned about cooperation and goal setting as well as reassessing goals as a team

Responsibility & Communication

Stretch out two long ropes, spacing them approximately 15 feet apart from each other. Give the group nine carpet squares. Explain that the space between the ropes is a lava flow and the team needs to move to the other side, from the side they are currently standing on. They can't walk around or walk through the lava, so they must use their carpet squares, or "logs," to travel across the flow. But, there's a catch: If nothing holds the log in place, it will float away. A team member must always have a hand or foot on the log in order to hold it in place. Also, once a log hits the lava, it catches fire and cannot be moved again. When the players are ready, they can start moving across the lava.

Drop an egg

The drop-an-egg exercise is designed to help people work together to meet a common objective. The Team-Building Leader website recommends an exercise involving the protection of an egg that is dropped from a second or third floor balcony to the ground.

Divide the group into teams of four or five people. Give each team a raw egg, a paper bag, a roll of masking tape, two or three balloons, and two or three straws. Each team is given the command to build a container to protect an egg that will later be dropped from the second or third floor to the ground.

Give the teams a designated amount of time to complete the task. After the time is up, go to the drop location and have the teams drop their containers. After all the egg containers have been dropped, inspect the contents. Have prizes or certificates ready for the teams with eggs that have not cracked.

Blindfold hunt

The blindfold hunt activity involves trust and taking direction. Before beginning this activity, place clues in at least five different locations that give hints to the next clue, eventually leading to a final destination.

Divide the group into teams of three. Instruct each team to select one member to be blindfolded. The blindfolded team members will lead their teams to each clue as the other members give instructions on which direction to turn and when to stop. The facilitator will hand the sighted team members the first clue. Have a reward for the teams as they reach their final destination