Activity

Building Trust Among Youth

By CYHUN Staff from Boy & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee

Minefield is an activity that builds trust and establish effective communication within the group.

Directions: Minefield can be played indoors or outdoors. The facilitator will scatter numerous similar objects (cones, books, etc.) - the “mines” - throughout the playing field. Have the group scatter themselves throughout the playing field so that they are standing around the edge of the playing field. Once the field is ready, one team member is blindfolded and is not allowed to talk. The other members can see and talk, but they cannot move and they cannot touch the blindfolded team member. The other members need to instruct the blindfolded team member on how to get across the field. The goal is for the blindfolded person to get from one side of the field to the other without touching any mines. If a person touches a mine, they must go back to the start and try again.

Try these debrief prompts: How much did you trust your group in the beginning? What is the difference between going alone and being guided by another? What is need to trust and work with someone? What did the group do to help you feel safe and secure? What could the group have done to help you feel more safe and secure?

Further Reading

ACTIVITY

Teambuilding Exercise: Helium Pole

From VOBS Staff, Voyageur Outward Bound Schools

Join the Discussion

How could you implement this in your program?

Learn more about the best practices for social and emotional learning.

Download the guide