The Elevator

Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Change, Energizer

Props Needed: Webbing circles

Process: Here is a variation of the powerful Inside-Out Raccoon Circle Activity. The challenge is for a group of 8 to 10 people, standing inside a Raccoon Circle, to pass the circle upward over their heads, without touching each other in the process. For this activity, it is OK to use your arms, hands, or whatever body part is most useful (head, feet, etc.) but participants cannot touch each other while lifting the raccoon circle over their heads. This is an activity that sounds easier than it is. It is also a great chance to have the group self-analyze their efforts, and call out any mistakes they make. There are no penalties for mistakes, just invite the group to try again.

Variation: As an additional challenge, you can begin with any group size, by tying the webbing into a circle around their waists, while they stand closely together. Then ask them to perform the elevator challenge. If you perform this activity with multiple groups at the same time, have each group share their best ideas for completing the task successfully, and then see if all groups can complete the task within a reasonable time limit (15 seconds or less).

Debriefing Topics:

  • What was difficult for you in this activity?
  • What can you relate from this activity back to everyday life?
  • How would you have done this activity differently?

For resources:  The Book of Raccoon Circles, Webbing

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