Summary: A team building activity centered around trust. A leader gives verbal or nonverbal instructions to navigate a blindfolded partner to avoid obstacles.
Ages: 14 and up. Recommended number of people: Pairs. Messiness factor: Might break a small sweat. Materials required: Blindfolds. Recommended setting: Outdoors, in a location with no dangerous obstacles.
Trust Walk Activity
The Trust Walk Activity is a team building activity involving leadership and lots of trust as people navigate each other around obstacles.
Find a good location with some obstacles, but nothing dangerous. Some good locations may include the woods or a large field. Form pairs. Ask one partner to be the navigator (guide), and the other to be blindfolded. When the blindfolded partner is ready, slowly spin the person around a few times so that they do not know which direction they are headed. From this point on, the guide should not touch the partnert at all, but rely solely on verbal cues (e.g. “About five steps ahead, there is a branch. Step over it slowly.”)
The guide is solely responsible for his or her partner’s safety. He or she should be navigated to avoid obstacles. In this way, participants learn valuable lessons related to teamwork: the guide learns about the challenge and responsibility of caring for another individual’s well being, while the blindfolded partner learns to trust and rely on another person. Ask participants to reflect and share upon their experiences.
Sample Questions to Ask During Debrief
To help participants reflect and learn upon their experiences, the following are some good sample questions to ask following the Trust Walk team building activity:
- What do you think is the purpose of this team building activity?
- What was it like to be the guide, responsible for the safety of your teammates?
- Did you have any difficulty trusting your partner while blindfolded? Why or why not?
- Why is trust in your teammates important?
- How did it feel when you and your teammate successfully trusted each other to accomplish something challenging?
- How does this relate to _______ (fill in the blank with the current scenario of the participants, such as class, a sports team, employees working together on a project, etc.)?