Wild Woosey is designed to help the group work dependently with a partner and trust one another completely. In order to achieve the goal of the activity, you both must cross the deep ‘V’ while maintaining contact your partner. Seems easy! It is absolutely not.
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What is included in the activity materials?
To run this activity, you will need to purchase the Walk the Plank Kit. I would not recommend finding your own materials, so we have not provided that instruction below.
This is an activity that is included in our Walk the Plank kit. Below are the materials you will need from that kit:
- 4, 7’ wood planks – these ‘planks’ or wood boards may be slightly warped, which is completely normal. When you put them in the blocks and people stand on them, they straighten out.
- 8 wood blocks
- 8, 3” dowels
- 8 rubber rounds
- 4 safety webbing straps
Below are instructions and additional information that will be helpful for you to run your activity!
There is one basic setup for the activity with minor variations.
- Set up a ‘V’ using all four of the 7’ boards with the 2” side facing up. One end of the boards will be next to each other and one end of the boards will be roughly 9’ apart.
- Be sure to use safety dowels.
- Be sure to use the rubber rounds underneath the wooden blocks to ensure the blocks will not move.
- Use the safety webbing straps to ensure the two sets of boards do not move from each other. The straps are adjustable to make the activity easier or harder. The lengths of the webbing are specific to how far apart the boards are. Use them in this order:
- Purple – where the two sets of boards connect – the bottom of the ‘V’. Connect th e two wooden blocks together and cinch down tight.
- Green – Connect the next two blocks at the end of the first boards.
- Red – Connect the blocks at the next set of boards.
- Black – Connect the blocks at the end of the second set of boards.
Do not allow participants to wrap the rope around their fingers, wrists, etc. Sudden rope movement may cause rope rash.
Be sure to tell the group of any obstructions that may cause them to trip or stumble.
Your company’s newest manufacturing plant has experienced a severe problem and your team of specialists has been called in to fix the problem.
Upon arrival you see that some of the chemicals used in the manufacturing process have somehow interacted and created some solid masses.
You must transport these solid pieces to the containment center without dropping them in the plant.
Also, some protective eyewear may be necessary, as the chemicals have been known to cause damage to the eyes.
- Brief the participants and tell them what they are doing.
- Have participants get into a “turtle” position between the boards, in the middle of the ‘V’ as a protection for the participants, should they fall. See photo below.
- At the narrow end of the ‘V’, put their palms together and move together toward the wide end of the ‘V’.
- In order to be successful, each person must completely trust the other.
- The goal would be to get all the way to the end of the ‘V’.
- The major variation for this activity is to increase the width of the ‘V’. The more you separate the boards of the ‘V’, the more challenging the activity becomes. Also, the more you have to trust and communicate with your partner.
- Another great variation is to switch partners. It is possible to have partners that are wildly different and yet can accomplish this task.
Dynamics to Watch
Boredom can set in for the people in the middle of the ‘V’, so be sure to keep it moving fast so many participants can go through the activity multiple times with different partners.
Trust will increase as they become more familiar with the activity itself. Great debrief question:
- Does that mean the trust in each other increased, or that you trusted the activity more? Explain your answer.
Below are some generic questions to help you with some ideas of how to take the group from the activity to life application. If you have used this activity and have suggestions, please comment below!
- How did your group decide on the technique they were going to use?
- Was this technique useful for keeping the group in step with each other? Did your group experience breakdown? What happened then?
- Did your group begin and end with the same technique? Are there any other techniques?
- What are situations in which groups must work in synchronization? How does unity and synchronization, or lack thereof, change the group’s performance?
- What lessons can you take away from this activity?
Tips and Tricks
- The *KEY* – keep your behind down and in line with back and legs – so your back from head to feet is flat. Most people push their behind out and keep their center of gravity over the board. This works until you get halfway down the board. Then you can go no further.
- This is a great activity to do after another activity that requires all the boards to be set up – Mohawk Walk, for example – as you already have everything ready to go and simply need to connect the safety webbing. Also, trust activities are better to do after a small amount of trust is given.