Leadership Inspirations Activities

Trust Pass

Build trust with each of the members of your group in a fun and dynamic way

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity, Experiential Activity

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

 
Practice trust falls with every member of your group. This will help to strengthen your bond with the people that you work with.

 

SET UP

  • Gather the group together in a tight circle with one person in the center.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Players stand in a tight circle, shoulder-to-shoulder. One player stands in the center, their arms crossed on their chest, with their hands on opposite shoulders. The center person’s body should remain rigid with their eyes closed. They will fall back and be caught safely by their peers.
  • The players making up the circle will hold up their hands and gently catch and pass the person in the center, as they lets themself fall back and get passed around.
  • Safety: Make it clear that the purpose of this game is to have fun while building trust, and it is important for people to be passed around in a way that is gentle and safe. 
  • Facilitator Note: The facilitator should also be ready to stop the activity if they sense participant uneasiness or safety concern.
  • Each person gets a turn in the middle. The faller may determine when they have been passed enough by calling out, “Thank you.”

VARIATIONS

  • Have the group split into pairs. Pairs should stand in two concentric circles, with catchers on the outside and fallers on the inside. Make sure all participants are in proper catching and falling stances. Each pair calls out their commands and completes two falls; then, the inside circle rotates until everyone has had a turn with a different catcher. The circles then switch roles: the inside circle becomes the catchers; the outside becomes the fallers. Repeat the process, by rotating the outer circle.
  • If a participant does not feel comfortable falling backwards, they have the option to fall forwards. Have the person in the center reach out and grab the hands of the person in front of them. The center person can then lean forward as far as they feel comfortable.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?