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Blindfold Maze

Perfect for a pair to work on trust and active listening! Get creative with your maze, but keep your partner safe!

Activity Details

Do not let your blindfolded buddy run into anything, remember to keep the route safe but fun!

Instructions
  • Place marker cone on the floor to define a start point.
  • Allow 2 minutes for partners to create a route for their blindfolded partner using natural obstacles or markers.
  • One person will be blindfolded, while the other will give verbal directions to get them through the route safely. The goal is to get your buddy through the route as fast as possible.
  • Switch roles and repeat.
Supplies
  • Handkerchief or blindfold
Equipment
  • Something to be used as a blindfold, like a bandana.
  • Cones or safe objects that can be used as markers

Minimum Group Size: 2

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Human Knot

A great activity to practice communication and teamwork! To make it more challenging, add some changes like no talking or timing them!

Activity Details
Instructions
  • Get the group to form a circle.
  • Tell them to put their right hand up in the air, and then grab the hand of someone across the circle from them.
  • Then repeat this with the left hand, ensuring they grab a different person's hand.
  • Check to make sure that everyone is holding the hands of two different people and they are not holding hands with someone either side of them.
  • That they must now try to untangle themselves to form a circle without breaking the chain of hands. Allocate a specific time to complete this challenge (generally ten to twenty minutes)
  • Get participants to take their time in order to limit injuries. Ask the group not to tug or pull on each other and spot participants as they pass over other participants. Monitor throughout the challenge and stop them if you need to.
  • If the chain of hands is broken at any point, they must then start over again.

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Leaky Pipe

A camp classic for our older campers! This challenge helps with creative problem solving and determination. You'll want to do this one outside; it's especially nice for a hot day!

Activity Details
Instructions

GOAL: To get the ping pong ball to rise to the top of the pipe

  • Hold the pipe vertically with the closed off end at the bottom.
  • Ask them to drop the ping pong ball into the pipe. It will rest at the bottom.
  • Ask them to place a bucket of water about 10 feet away. Distribute the cups.

They must follow these rules:

  • You cannot tip the pipe.
  • You must collect the ping pong ball from the top of the pipe.
  • The pipe and the bucket should remain where they are.
  • You must use the cups to transport water from the bucket to the pipe.

Variations:

  • Reduce the number of cups
  • Limit the amount of water available in the bucket
  • Place obstacles in the way between the bucket and the pipe
  • Declare that the participants cannot talk during the exercise and all communication must be nonverbal. Or select only some who can talk.
Equipment
  • A PVC pipe drilled with several holes and with one end closed off. Based off how many participants there are, you can tape a few holes to make the activity easier
  • A ping pong ball
  • A bucket
  • A few cups depending on the size of the pipe and the team
  • Outdoor space where people can move around easily and make things wet
  • Access to water

Minimum Group Size: 4

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