Type of Activity: Trust

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Ten to Fifteen people form two lines facing each other. At least 4 people to each side of the participant being lifts and one person designated to protect the head.   Have one participant volunteer to be levitated.  That person lies down on the ground between the two support lines.  The people in the support lines kneel around the body to be lifted.  Can do 'Wind in the Willows' activity to get into this position as a transition piece.

Process: This trust activity is used effectively as a warm-up activity for the more dramatic falling sequence of The Trust Fall.

On a signal, the volunteer is gently lifted to waist height of shortest person, gently moved laterally back and forth a few times, and then lifted up above the support lines' heads, to a maximum height of about 6 feet, of tallest height the shortest person can still have contact with the volunteer at.  Then ever so slowly, the support lines lower them down to a safe, non-friction landing.  Person holding the volunteers head is “in charge” and transitions the group through the actions. When volunteer is a few inches from the ground the head person will count 1, 2, 3. On 3 all lifters except for the head position will slide their hand out from underneath the volunteer allowing them to settle on the ground.  From lift-off to landing takes about 30 seconds.

Debriefing Topics:

  • What were some feelings that you experienced when you were lifted?
  • What was it like to be a spotter for this activity?
  • Why does it take trust to do an activity like this?
  • Why is trust important for this group?

For more resources see: Cowstails & Cobras 2

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