Leadership Inspirations Activities

Going on a Trip

 Learn each other’s names while preparing for an imaginary trip

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

 
This activity helps groups to learn each other’s names while also having to remember the items that everyone would bring on an imaginary trip.

 

SET UP

  • Have all participants form a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Tell participants that you are going on a group camping trip and each person has to bring one thing with them.
  • Go around the circle and have each participant say their name and what they are going to bring on the trip.
  • Each participant must say the name of all the people before them and what each person is bringing on the trip before saying their own name and what they are bringing.
    • For example:
      • Person 1: My name is Kim and I am bringing canned food.  
      • Person 2: This is Kim and she is bringing canned food. I am Morgan and I am bringing a first aid kit.
      • Person 3: This is Morgan and he is bringing a first aid kit, Kim is bringing canned food, and I am Jayne and I am bringing a book to read. This continues until the last person. 
  • The activity naturally gets more challenging as you get closer to the end and there are more names and objects to remember. If a participant get stuck, the rest of the group can help them remember the parts they are forgetting.

VARIATIONS

  • Large Group: To facilitate this activity for a large group, have each participant just say the name of the person directly before them and what that person is bring on the trip instead of having to say all people that are introduced before them.
  • Small Group: To facilitate this activity for a small group, go around the circle twice so that everyone has to remember and repeat everyone’s name and what they’re bringing on the trip, not just the people who are before them in the circle.  If the group is really good, have them switch places in the circle and repeat the exercise with the original items, not new ones.
  • For a similar activity, see Magic Box.

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?
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?