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Team Building Activities
1. Have the members either sit in a circle or in a series of 3 to 4 rows.
2. Tell the members that one person is going to snap, and as soon as that person snaps, the next person is going to snap.
3. Start the snapping sequence and continue until it moves around the entire circle. If rows are used, make sure the members know the correct direction of the path.
4. Repeat with a timer.
5. Have the chapter brainstorm ways to quicken the process.
6. Repeat the process four times
Results: In the beginning there will be people who aren’t paying attention or who are just moving too slow. As the process repeats itself, the members should discover that they don’t have to wait for the person ahead of them to finish snapping if they want it to go quickly. When it is really flying, it will reach 5 people in less than 2 seconds.
7. Ask, “Now, why didn’t we do it this way the first time?”
Lesson: Too many times we approach tasks head on without thinking them through. If all of the members have their minds set at the opening of a task, things will go a lot faster and smoother. Everyone is an important part of the process. But to be a strong part of the process, one can’t just sit there waiting for the person before them to move into action!
(requires a somewhat large performance area with no obstacles in the way)
1. Have everyone pick a partner. (If someone doesn’t have a partner, be their partner!”
2. Have the teams decide which person will be chased first (player A).
3. Give player-A a ten-second head start.
4. Tell them that once they are tagged they then must close their eyes, spin around 3 times, and open them to try and tag the other person! Plus, there can be no true running, only fast walking, and you can not leave the designated area (otherwise someone could get hurt!).
5. Repeat the tagging and spinning sequence for 2 minutes.
6. Have the partners link arms, and then find another set of partners.
7. For the next two minutes, repeat the above process as teams. It is important for all teams to remain linked at all times while the chase is in session!
Results: Although there are only 2 people, the team members will have trouble deciding which way to run. If they are about to be tagged, they may start to panic and run in separate directions. Prior to spinning, they will also have trouble deciding which direction to spin.
8. Now, have the two sets of parts link arms, and find another set of four people.
9. Do you see where this is going?
10. Continue the process until everyone has joined into one big group.
Results: Once it turns into teams of 8 or more people, the true challenge begins. One or two individual per set will take charge of the team. Some of the end people will kind of get whipped around, especially while spinning in circles! Eventually, someone will realize that if the two ends connect, they can form a circle while spinning with their eyes closed. All of a sudden, the game will start to move much, much faster.
The Lesson: How to work with other people. There will be those who make it happen, watch it happen, and wonder “what happened?” It will also show, that mass confusion can result when additional people are added into a given challenge. Everyone needs to be aware of the concerns of the people on their team and figure out a way they can successfully reach their goal together.
(No interactive discussion should take place between the members; non-verbal cues only!)
1. Have members stand in a circle so that each person is facing another person’s head.
2. Tell them to make sure their toes are actually touching the heels of the person in front of them.
3. Slowly have them sit down over a period of three counts
4. If they succeed in supporting each other, congratulate them, if not, ask them what factors may have contributed to the collapse of the circle.
5. Keep trying until each member of the circle remains supported by the person behind them.
6. After they have successfully sat down for about 10 seconds, have them stand back up in unison.
7. Repeat this process three times: once with their eyes shut, once with their hands in the air, and once with their eyes shut and their hands in the air.
The Results: At first everyone will try to scoot forward, toward the person in front of them, in order to reduce the space. As the circle will remain the same size, the space will only be redistributed. Only when people move inward, towards the center of the circle, will the extra space actually be removed. During the actual sitting process, members will have to sit down at the same time and speed for the process to work. However, items such as size and height may play a factor in the project’s success. Encourage the membership to consider these items and react accordingly as the activity progresses.
The Lesson: This exercise not only teaches trust, but that things can get done without talking. It teaches members that the obvious method of solving a problem, may not always be the best method. And finally, as everyone in the circle is a key point-everyone must pull his or her own weight. Likewise, everyone in the chapter must pull their own weight and learn to work with others as well.
The Twisted Chain:
1. Have members for a circle of no more than 15-20 individuals.
2. Have them join their right hands with the left hand of someone whom is across the circle.
3. Have them join their left hand with the right hand of someone different that is also across the circle. This will form a big knot.
4. Tell them to untwist without letting go of anyone’s hand.
5. Make announcements of the amount of time that has progressed.
6. If mass confusion breaks out, yell, “Freeze.” Then ask them why there is so much confusion.
7. Once they have successfully untwisted, have them repeat the process silently.
The Results: At first, everyone will just kind of stare at one another. Then there will be about 15 people trying and saying different things. Some people may even drop arms in frustration or because they just don’t care. If mass confusion does occur, it will be because there are to many chiefs and not enough Indians. People will need to learn to listen as well as give instructions.
The Lesson: Again it will show that there are three different types of people in the world: those that make it happen (leaders that listen and give advice), those that watch it happen (those that have ideas but are scared to speak up – the leaders should encourage participation from everyone), and those that wonder what'’ happened (those who give up because it is “stupid” or “too hard.” Ask them what kind of member they would like to become.
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