Objective: To develop communication, cooperation, and problem
Description: Using only the items they are wearing, students
must retrieve the swinging cable without stepping over the boundary lines. They
must then get the whole group and a can of water over the area within the
boundaries without touching the enclosed area or spilling the water.
Students must not touch the area between the boundaries or knock off the bamboo
poles that are the boundary lines. If they do, the entire group must start
2. The can of water must
be brought over without spilling, or the entire group must begin again.
3. No jumping, dropping,
or leaping from the cable.
4. There must be a minimum of two staff spotters during the activity, one on the far side to catch incoming students until there are
enough students on the far side to fill this role and one in the middle to spot the swinger.
5. No sticks or rocks can
be used to retrieve the cable.
6. Students should not
throw the cable across the area. They should let it drop from their grasp.
7. The instructors should
be in a position of control at all times.
8. Be sure that all
obstacles and debris have been cleared from the area.
Variations: Have students
land on an All Aboard wooden platform or in a circle of hula hoops
The Challenge Wall
*Make sure to ask all participants to remove ALL jewelry, watches and anything in pockets before you start this activity!
Objective: To develop problem solving, trust, and team work.
Description: The group must plan a way to get every member
over a 12.5’ high wall.
Rules: 1. At Tull Hall, anytime a student is coming off
the backside of the wall, all students must go to the back to spot.
At the Summer Camp,
anytime a student is coming off the backside of the wall, several students must
hold the ladder for the student as he or she climbs down.
2. Everyone who is not
directly involved with the event must be spotting.
3. Once a participant has
gone over the wall, they can no longer help any other student over the wall.
They become “ghost spotters” and can only spot the student who is going over
4. Students cannot climb
the sides of the wall or use any natural items or clothing to get over.
5. Activity only takes
place on one side of the wall at a time. If a student is climbing off the wall,
then no other student should be climbing up it.
6. No jumping, dropping,
7. Students are not
allowed to stick any fingers in the cracks of the wall.
8. The will be no
stacking more than three levels high.
9. No more than four
people can be on top of the wall at once.
10. The feet of those on
top of the wall must remain on the platform.
11. A student at the top
of the wall can only hang over the wall if hanging is done by the armpits,
facing the wall, anchored by a person at each shoulder.
12. Before allowing the
group to begin, instructors should make sure that all of the students
understand the rules.
13. The instructors
should always maintain a position of control so they can “catch” a fall and
protect the head and back.
14. Make sure that
spotters stay alert, are in the correct position, and are always spotting
anyone going up the wall.
Objective: To develop teamwork and communication
Description: The group must balance themselves on the whale
watch without it touching the ground.
Rules: 1. Split the group in half and position each half
at each opposite ends of the platform. The students must maintain a balanced
whale watch for at least 10 seconds.
2. Be sure that no one is
standing at the sides of the whale watch so that no feet are smashed.
3. Have students exit and
enter the whale watch from the center.
4. Outdoor Leaders should disperse themselves around the platform to spot and report when the platform is off the ground while 9th graders are on board.
- With the whale watch balanced, have the 50/50
divided group standing on opposite ends attempt to change ends without
letting the platform make contact with the ground.
- Do a blindfold walk to the whale watch. Place
the blindfolded students on the whale watch and have them balance the
This low element consists of a pair of wire cables (stored in the
Tumble Hut or Jabba), set up so that they diverge from the same support and are
connected on the far end to two separate, supports approximately 12’
apart. This element should be set up
using the hardware installed into the poles under the high wild woozy on the
pole course. For safety and liability
reasons, it will have to be set up and
taken down at each usage
Check area for unsafe ground cover.
Install and inspect equipment for secure connections and cable
Provide clear explanation and “walk through” of spotting techniques.
For two participants to walk out along opposing
sides of a V-shaped cable, leaning inward, supporting each other until they can
no longer balance together on the cable.
Establish a goal as a pair.
Try to return to the beginning.
Make a group goal by adding together total length traversed.
1. Do not interlock fingers while attempting this activity.
2. Use proper commands prior to climbing on element.
3. Be conscious of the pressure you place on your partner.
4. Be aware that climbers may fall in any direction initially. Tell climbers to simply step off if they lose their
balance. No Matrix moves
5. Spotters between participants should be bent over with a flat back
and have their hands on their knees to prevent back loading. Spotters should face the direction in which
participants are moving. One spotter
stands between participants at the starting pole. As participant moves outward, additional
spotters are added. In addition to
“interior spotters,” adequate spotters are provided behind the participants in
the usual spotting position.
Objective: To develop teamwork and communication within the
Description: The group
must get all of the members from the small island to the large island by using
the boards provided and by crossing over the middle medium size island.
- Every member of the group must start on the small
- The group is given two boards, neither of which is long enough to reach
the other islands.
- Using the boards and each other, the group must move to the
larger island by crossing over the middle, medium size island.
- Jumping to
different islands is not allowed. If a member in the group or a board touches
the water around the island, the entire group must start over.
should spot students as they pass from island to island.
Objective: To work on communication and teamwork. To get the group more comfortable with each other.
Description: The entire group must get through the spider’s web without touching the web.
Rules: Students will try to get through the web one at a time without touching it.
- Only one student at a time can cross the web.
- If the web is touched, the spider comes out and the entire group must start over.
- Once an opening has been successfully used by a group member, it is closed for further use.
- No one can go over the top of the web.
- No jumping, dropping, or leaping.
- One person can go under the web.
- There must be a staff member on either side when the web is started.
- If the group uses a student’s back, they must step on hips or between shoulders to prevent back problems.
- Be sure to clear the area of debris and obstacles.
- The leaders must always be in a position of control to catch the head and neck of the person being passed through the web.
- Be sure that there is adequate spotting.
- There will be no diving though the web.