Every trainer and facilitator has his/her favorite team building activity.  Some facilitators like the more active interventions such as rope courses; others prefer the more “touchy-feely” ones like trust walks; still others like using blind-folded instruction, or simulations like Gold of the Desert Kings… Yet, of all the team building activities I have experienced, my favorite by far is…

an activity called Crossing the River.  I’ll describe the exercise first and then I’ll tell you why I think it is so great.

To start, here’s what you’ll need for preparation:

Objective Have all members of the team cross the river at the same time.
Preparation Create three islands by taping together four 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper for each island. Create a pebble for each person by cutting sheets of paper in half length-wise to form 4.25 x11 sheets. Create one rock (an 8.5 x 11 sheet) for every six participants. Tape off an open area at least 10 medium strides (25-30 feet) long and six strides wide. Place the islands as shown in the diagram.

 

Click here for the full “how to” on this team building activity, which makes for an excellent engagement strategy.