Trust Lean

Type of Activity: Trust

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Have your group divide into partners.  Go over the "spotter's" position.  The spotter will stand directly behind the faller.

Process: This activity requires a verbal contract between the spotter and the faller.  The calls are initiated by the faller and completed by the spotter.  A typical sequence looks like this:

  1. Faller:  "Spotter ready?"
  2. Spotter:  "Ready."
  3. Faller:  "Falling."
  4. Spotter:  "Fall on."

The faller should be given instructions to secure his/her arms across their chest to ensure not throwing out arms and elbows.  The faller should stand with their back to the spotter.  The falling person should also keep feet together, knees and body straight, falling directly backwards.  Have the spotter start out only a few inches away from the faller.  With each fall, and as trust is gained, the spotter may take a step back.  The spotter should check in with the faller after each fall and see if the faller wants to try a step further.  The partners switch roles after that.

Debriefing Topics:

  • Which role was harder for you to be in?  The leaner or the spotter?  Why?
  • What was difficult for you?
  • How did you communicate to your partner?
  • What is the importance of an activity like this?

For more resources see: Cowstails & Cobras 2

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