Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Christian Outdoor Activity Lesson 2: Rope Connections

Key Verse

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow;” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 WEB


Note : A 3 foot (1 meter) piece of rope or webbing is needed for each participant in the activity. Additionally it is necessary to use a strong rope not string or twine. Preferably use a rope that is at least 3/8” or 7mm.

This activity is best done at the beginning of a trip or activity day. It demonstrates the importance of teamwork. It shows that every person in the group is important and has something to contribute. 

This activity works best with groups of 3 to 15 people. If you have a larger group break them up into smaller groups of no more than 15 people. 

Begin by passing a piece of rope to each participant. Tell them this represents themselves as an individual. Next, ask each group to make a circle. Now instruct each person to turn to the right and tie the right end of their rope to the left end of the rope that belongs to the person on their right. When this is done the ropes tied together should make one giant circle. Each person should still be holding their rope but now it is tied to the rope of the person on either side of them. 

Now comes the object lesson. Have each person hold their section of rope and step backwards until the circle is almost tight. Finally, ask each person to hold onto their rope section and lean outward away from the circle. Ideally the knots will all hold together and no-one will fall to the ground. If it does not work the first time, fix the mistake and try again until each group can lean out without falling. 

Point out how teamwork is critical for this to work. If someone decides not to cooperate the whole thing fails. If one person does not tie a good knot the whole group can fall over. Every single person in the group matters and they must all cooperate or it will not work. Teamwork is very important!

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