Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Communication

Props Needed: Webbing

Process: Here is a consensus building activity that comes in three different levels. The challenge here is for the group to decide how many different Raccoon Circles are present.

  • Level One - Begin using several different colors of webbing. Since this level of “challenge” is actually quite simple, this first level should be used to discuss how the group will know when they’ve reached consensus, how to solve a problem as a group, and how to listen to each member of the group.
  • Level Two - Make a giant plate of spaghetti with several (typically about 5 or 6) different lengths of the same color Raccoon Circle. At this level, the various pieces of Raccoon Circle should still have each of their untied ends easily visible.
  • Level Three - Have a slightly different number of same color Raccoon Circles, but this time, the ends are hidden, knotted together, and otherwise more challenging to discover.

The goal in each case is for the group to reach a correct consensus as to the true number of individual Raccoon Circles present in the spaghetti pile.

Debriefing Topics:

  • What was difficult about this activity for you?
  • How id this like everyday life?
  • Was it easy for you to stay engaged during the activity?
  • Describe your strategy for each level.

For resources:  The Book of Raccoon Circles, Webbing

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