Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Communication
Props Needed: Webbing
Set Up: Begin by having the group first decide on the size of circle they will form out of their Raccoon Circle. Big circles are easiest, smaller circles are more challenging.
Process: Here is a simple activity in goal setting, challenge, cooperation, and group problem solving. The objective or challenge here is for everyone in the group, working with a partner, to successfully pass through the Raccoon Circle “Worm Hole” without touching the webbing as they pass through.
Partners are required to be in contact with each other as they pass through the worm hole. Fellow team members can assist the pair going through the worm hole by holding the Raccoon Circle for them, BUT, once a person has held the Raccoon Circle and then let go completely, they cannot hold the Raccoon Circle again (this encourages different participants to take a leadership role during the activity.) Should participants make contact with the Raccoon Circle during their passage through the worm hole, one of the helpers holding the Raccoon Circle must let go once the pair has made it through. For this activity, you can either tie different size circles from the same long piece or use separate pieces.
Variation: See ‘Pass the Loop’ for full group variation.
- What strategies did the group use to ensure success for each partner set?
- How did the group communicate during the activity?
- What unique styles were shown?
- What level of trust do you think was achieved?
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