Pass the Loop

Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Cooperation, Opener/Closer

Props Needed: Hula Hoop/Webbing circle, stopwatch

Process: This event is both a typical warm-up activity, and an opportunity for cooperation. With the entire group holding hands in a circle, ask them to pass a Raccoon Circle (like a hula hoop)  completely around the circle.

Have the group form a circle and join hands.  Insert a hula hoop or webbing circle between two people so it rests on their conjoined hands.  Instruct the group that the hoop must pass through the entire group, starting and ending at the same spot, without letting go of the person next to them.  Use the stopwatch to time them.  After their first time, ask the group if they feel they can do better than that time.  Do it about 3 times and see if they decrease their time each time.  Encourage participants that this is not a race (unless that is what you would like). After completing one full circle, the facilitator can add a second Raccoon Circle, perhaps a bit smaller, and ask that one Raccoon Circle move to the left (clockwise), while the second Raccoon Circle moves to the right (counterclockwise).

Variation: For a higher level of cooperation, take a 15 foot long Raccoon Circle, and tie a knot at the midpoint so that there is now a figure-8 Raccoon Circle. Now the object is to pass the lower end of the 8 to the left, while the upper circle of the 8 goes to the right. This version will allow more participants to be involved at the same time.

Similar activity to Worm Hole found in Problem-solving section of this Field Guide.

Debriefing Topics: One is to end at that point and then come back to it at the end of the day to see if they had learned anything about working together better and about communication.  Another idea is to have them keep going and set a goal as to what they think their best time could be and continue until they achieve their goal.

  • How did the group cooperate during the activity?
  • Were you worried about slowing the group down when the loop came to you?
  • What were some feelings that came up during the process?
  • How they can decrease their time even more.

For resources:  The Book of Raccoon Circles, Webbing

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