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Team Building Games – Plane Crash Survival

I think one of the first team building games I ever played was the “Plane Crash Survival” exercise.

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For those of you that have never played, it goes like this: Your plane crashed…your group needs to choose the 12 most useful items to survive…

Yes someone is definitely going to be doing their version of Jeff Pobst – in my case it was my teachers that accompanied us to leadership camp long before reality tv was born. (feeling experienced aka old)

Leadership camp was for those of us on student councils. We had people from all of the schools in our local area. All the kids and teachers loaded in a bus off to a summer camp with cabins near Lake Couchiching in Northern Ontario.

Yes a large bunch of high school seniors from various schools that don’t know one another brought together for a couple of days for team building activities and bonding in a camp setting. Sounds like the beginning of a slasher movie if you ask me.

It was during this leadership event that I got my first taste of team building games and activities.
Well I am happy to say my team lost the game, because even at that time I was into camping and outdooring. So when I heard there was a town 50 miles away I knew that was less than two days walking, we picked the list of stuff we needed to survive and left the crash site. Although impressed with the list we chose and the strategy we had for moving the group – we failed the survival experience.

To win this game you have to stay with the plane, looking back on it now it makes total sense and should have been totally obvious.

This team building game definitely got our group to come together and figure out how to make decisions and work together.

These days I use other team building activities in my workshops to show how groups of a particular personality type make decisions and work together.

I am interested to know if you have ever played this game – let me know!

Until next time, keep Discovering your Natural Abilities.


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