A Circle of Four (In the Loop)

Type of Activity: Get to Know You/ Processing

Props Needed: Webbing circles

Set Up: Spread a few Raccoon Circles around on the ground.  Enough for the entire group, with about four people in each circle.

Process: As a goal setting activity, ask the participants to share with the others in their circle the goals they have for themselves and for the group that day.  After a few minutes, ask each circle to share with the whole group some of their goals.  A facilitator should be available to write these goals down on a large piece of paper (you’ll see why in a minute).  Ask the participants to all go to a new circle, with four new people in it.  Continue goal setting, or ask another goal oriented question, and record the responses.

For debriefing, this Circle of Four activity, which can easily be done with a different number of    participants, allows simultaneous discussions, so that the whole group can have a chance to express their feelings.  This may allow a debriefing process that takes a bit less time when a large group is involved, while not diminishing the need to share and discuss.  After each topic of discussion, participants can be encouraged to join another new circle, with four new people.

As a closing activity, let the group reflect back on the original goals mentioned above, and evaluate whether those goals were met during the event.  This format is also a nice way to say good-bye to a variety of folks, in small groups, using some discussion and a close proximity of participants to each other.

Debriefing Topics:

  • What new things did you learn about your teammates?
  • How did your group set their goals?


For more resources see: Book of Raccoon Circles by Cain & Smith;  purchase webbing at: webbing


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