Surfing the Web

Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Change, Energizer

Props Needed: Webbing circles

Set Up: The typical spacing between the boarders of the area is approximately 15-20 feet (5-6 meters).

Planning Space    ¦ ← Surfing the Web Space→    ¦ Finishing Space

Process: Chris Cavert created this simple problem solving activity that challenges a group to find multiple techniques for solving the same problem. The challenge is as follows: using only an initially tied Raccoon Circle, teams of 4 participants are asked to cross over an area, marked by lines, boundaries, or untied Raccoon Circles, crossing as many times as possible in 5 minutes, using as many different styles to cross the area as they can. Any portion of a team member (hand, foot, etc.) may touch the ground within the area, provided that it is also touching a portion of the Raccoon Circle at the same time. For example, if the first group of four decides to use the Raccoon Circle loop like the tread of a bulldozer, they can step on the floor, provided that they always have the Raccoon Circle below at least a portion of their foot.

While many teams of 4 work independently on this task, some will see the opportunity to collaborate with neighboring teams, and work together. This is an interesting activity to see just how many possible solutions the entire group can find to the challenge.

Variations: Can use similar set up for ‘Lines of Communication’ found in the Problem-solving section of your Field Guide.

Debriefing Topics:

  • How was your group able to come up with so many different ways to cross the web space?
  • How did your group communicate?
  • What was your most unique pass?

For resources:  The Book of Raccoon Circles, Webbing

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