Indoor challenge course

Indoor or versatile challenges

Spotting Practice

Set up: Have the team split up in to groups of three people each, it is best if the groups contain people who are roughly the same size.


Description: The two outside people stand in the spotting position facing the middle person. Spotting position is: one foot back and hands up, the falling position is: feet together, body straight, and arms crossed over the chest. Once in position the middle person says “Falling” then the outside people say, “Fall On” then the middle person falls back against the spotters hands and is push so that they fall against the other spotters hands.


Purpose: To practice spotting and to work on trust.


Safety Point: The participants need to know that this is not human ping pong and it is not a time to see how far you can let some one fall before they get scared.


Debrief: Was it difficult to trust? Why was it hard for some and not others?

trust fall

Set Up: Find a location for people to fall from that is about chest level for most people in the group, the ground around the fall point needs to be level and clear. (A picnic table in the pavilion or a stage work well.) Have the group form two lines facing each other, arms out palms up so that their finger tips are almost touching the person across from them. To form the strongest net-of-arms each person should have two arms in-between their own; one arm from the person across and to their left and one arm from the person across and to their right.


Description: Have one person at a time climb up on to the fall point. Have them stand with their body straight, their arms crossed over their chest, and their back to the spotters (the people catching). When they are ready to fall they will call, “Falling” and the spotters will call, “Fall on”, when they are ready. Now the person falls.


Purpose: Works on trust. Fun.


Safety Points: Not all groups should be trusted to be able to do this. The commands are very important and need to be stressed. Also the faller needs to know that it is very important for them to stay straight and arms crossed, if they fall seat first instead of straight all of their weight falls on a few people and they may be dropped. If they do not keep their arms crossed they will hit someone.


Debrief: Why was this hard for some? What helped people get over their fear? Relate this to life

magic carpets

Set Up: Split the team in to two groups. Mark the leading edge of the abyss (the start) with two carpets of different colors (red and green), mark the other edge of the abyss (the end) with two more carpets that are the same colors but switch the sides they are set on (green and red). The distance from one edge of the abyss to the other should be the same number of paces as there are participants, ex. For a group of 20 people the abyss would be 20 paces across. Have one group start and end on the red carpets and the other on the green ones. Give all but one person from each group a carpet square.


Description: The team has to get across the abyss by standing on the carpets, the carpets do not fly or scoot they can only support weight. If a carpet is ever left untouched it disappears, leaving even fewer carpets.


Purpose: A high level of team work is required. Will both groups come together as one team to help each other?


Debrief: What had to take place for this to work? What decisions were made as a team? How does this relate to your life? (What about working together as one group or did the two groups treat this as a race? Just because people are in different groups it does not mean that they have to compete. For example, the youth group from the Nazarene Church and the youth group from the Baptist Church are both trying to bring other young people to Christ they could find ways to work toward that goal cooperatively instead of competitively.)

hot chocolate river

Set Up: Carpet Squares, pink markers upstairs in the gym or start/stop markers for outside


Description: There is a hot chocolate river that the group needs to get across. Start with every group member on one side, the goal is for them to make it across to the finish. The group must use the carpet square "marshmallows" to safely transport members to the end. The squares cannot be scooted, slid, or jumped to. If you are not in contact with a "marshmallow" you lose it. Give the participants disadvantages as needed, ex no talking if they've done this before.

Purpose: Team work, communication, leading. How do you get everyone across in one trip?

Debrief: Was that hard? How were you able to get everyone across? What did you learn about communication? How would this help you to work as a team?

traffic JAM

Set Up: Set out a line of carpet squares: one per participant plus one extra, so for a group of 20 you will put out 21 squares. Have everyone stand on a carpet square leaving the empty one in the middle. Note: The longer the line the harder the challenge, so some groups should be split into a few smaller groups instead of attempting one line.


Description: Everyone on the right end of the line needs to get to the left end and everyone on the left end need to get to the right end. There can only be one person on a carpet at a time. No one can ever go backward, if you are trying to go the right you can NOT move left. A person can only pass up to two people at a time.


Purpose: Problem solving, good for brainy groups, how to deal with frustration, patience, and listening.


Debrief: Was this hard? Why? What did it take to make it happen? How can we relate this to


Set Up: Grab a hoop + your group

Description: Have the group stand in a circle and put the hula hoop in the middle. Have everyone put their index fingers on the hoop and have their hands start at about chest height. The goal is to get the group to lower the hoop to the ground. Watch as the hoop goes up over and over until they can figure it out.

Purpose: To show them that they have to work as a team. Even if they appear super easy on the surface, things might be difficult.

Debrief: What made this hard? Did this go as you expected it to? How does this relate to your life?


Set up: Have team members stand in a circle facing the back of the people on their right.


Description: Have everyone raise their right hand, bend over and put their right hand between their legs. With their left hand, grab the right hand of the person in front of them. Someone’s arm will pass through the hula hoop. The object is to pass the hoop around the circle with out breaking hand contact.


Purpose: Ice breaker, compromising position, breaking the personal space bubble.



: Why did we have you do this? What things were you uncomfortable with? On some elements you have to get close to touch on another to complete a task


Set Up: You need several loops of different sizes.


Description: Each asteroid speaks a different language. Place the loops randomly on the ground. Have the team congregate on the different asteroids. Every time an asteroid is destroyed the people have to move to another one, eventually ending up with too many people on the remaining asteroids.


Purpose: Problem solving and working together. What adjustments need to be made to fit everyone on an asteroid?


Debrief: What did you have to do to ensure the survival of all the people? How did you overcome the difficulties?


Set Up: Tie a rope into a circle, have the group hold the rope, and blindfold all of the group members.


Description: Tell the group to make a triangle, when they think that they have it let them look. Blindfolds back on, now have them make a four sided figure, a perfect square, a five pointed star, letting them look after they think they are finished with each.


Purpose: Problem solving, team work, communication skills.


Debrief: What made this hard? What were important skills useful in solving this problem? How are these skills important in life?


Set Up: Set out two ropes tied together in middle making an X. Set a hula hoop under the middle. Divide the team in to four groups.


Description: Have each of the groups grab on to one of the four sections of the rope. They get one point every time the middle passes outside of the hula hoop.


Purpose: To see how long it takes for them to figure out that they are one team, not four, and start working together.


Debrief: What did you learn? Do team members sometimes work against each other? What situations have you been in that relate to this?


Set up: Have everyone hold on to a rope, put a non-leader at the front of the line. Give everyone, but the first person in line, a blindfold.


Description: The facilitator silently leads the person without a blindfold and that person leads everyone else. They go under, over, around, and through obstacles.


Purpose: Leadership, communication, and trust.


Safety point: Leaders or facilitators will need to be posted at dangerous places along the way to ensure the guest’s safety.


Debrief: Was this difficult for everyone? (Usually it is easiest for those right behind the leader or right behind someone who will speak up and give instructions.)

How is this like life? (Satin has no new tricks, we need to open up to each other and listen to The Leader.)


Set up: Tie a rope between two railings or poles just high enough so that no one in the group can step over it with out touching. Have everyone stand on one side of the rope.


Description: The group is trapped in a prison camp and they convinced a guard to help them escape. They have to get over the fence, the rope, without touching it or the trees or poles it is tied to. Also, everyone is handcuffed together so they have to do this while holding hands the whole time. If they touch the rope, trees, or break hand contact they have to start over.


Purpose: High teamwork


Safety Point: Do not let them run and jump. Everyone needs to help with spotting. Stop them from trying dangerous ideas.


Debrief: What did you learn? How can it be applied to life? Spiritual parallels?


Set up: Everyone needs a partner and a pair of blindfold handcuffs.


Description: One person puts the handcuffs on both wrists, while their partner puts the handcuffs on their right wrist. The left cuff needs to be inside the other person’s handcuffs, and then slid on to their left wrist. The handcuff should now be connected, crossing in the middle. The object of the challenge is for the two people to find a way to disconnect without taking the handcuffs off or breaking them. It is possible!


Purpose: Problem solving, understand it is okay to ask for help, closeness, good for couples.


Debrief: What did you learn?


Set up: Spilt team into pairs.


Description: Have each pair sit down on each others feet facing each other with inter locking arms. The object is to move from point A to B inch worming.


Purpose: To get the team out of their comfort zone

line DANCE

Set up: Have the group stand in a line facing forward, feet to feet and holding hands. Mark the start and end.


Description: The group is to cross the big canyon with out breaking connection of their hands and feet. See if they can make it across to the finish without disconnecting.


Purpose: Team work, Communication.

Debrief: What made that difficult? How does this have anything to do with your life? How did you feel when other people broke the connection? What do you think God feels when you break the connection you have with him?

life raft

Set up: Split the team into two or more lines facing forward.


Description: The first person in each line is a rock. The second person is a bridge, the third is a tree and so on. The first person runs out and becomes a rock, the second person runs out jumps the rock and becomes a bridge, the third person runs out jumps the rock, goes under the bridge, and becomes a tree. The fourth person runs out jumps the rock, goes under the bridge, around the tree, and becomes a rock, and so on.


Purpose: Ice breaker, loosens up the group


Set Up: The team stands in a circle. Facilitator holds a tennis ball.


Description: In order to learn names we will play a game. I say, “My name is ____,” and throw the ball. Whoever catches it says, “Thank you ___, my name is _____.” Then you throw the ball to someone else. This continues until everyone has caught the ball. The last person returns it to where it started. The rules of the game are: the ball must pass to everyone in the exact order of the first attempt. Therefore, it is very important that everyone remembers two things, who they received the ball from and who they passed it to. The facilitator times each attempt and always asks, “Can we do it faster?”


Purpose: Teamwork, value all ideas, trial and error, and impossible is possible.


Debrief: What did you learn? Are all ideas important? What about the ones that did not work? Importance of step by step improvement

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Set Up: Find the black basket full of random items + instruction cards. Spread out the items across the basketball court. Have the group stand behind the end line of the court. Choose two people, one to be the communicator and one to be blindfolded and complete actions.

Description: Have the communicator face the group, with their back to the court. Have the volunteer who you blindfolded stand in the middle of the court with items all around them. Inform everyone that the Communicator can talk, but no one else from the group can. Instruct the group to get the communicator to tell the blindfolded person what they need to do, but stress the fact that they cannot use any words and they must stay behind the basketball line. Pick random instruction cards and give them to the group one at a time. Give the group an opportunity to switch out the volunteers if they would like to. Feel free to mix up the items on the court between cards to make it harder.

Purpose: To show how hard it can be to communicate, and that not everyone communicates the same way.

Debrief: What made that difficult? Communicator: how did you figure out what you needed to tell the blindfolded person? Group: how frustrating was it when the communicator didn't understand what you tried to tell them? You may feel like you are being so obvious but to someone else you might not make any sense, and that's why it is so important to make sure you are communicating well with your group members. You may also not know why God is telling you to walk a certain way or make a certain choice but in the end it will all make so much sense


Set up: Move the checker pieces out of the way if necessary and have the group stand all together on one side of the grid.


Description: Use one of the grids to determine the "safe" path across the mine field, do NOT show the grid to the group. The group must get every one to the other side. Mines are hidden throughout the grid and it is not possible to jump over squares or skip any rows. When someone touches a mine they lose the use of that limb for the remainder of the game. Each member can lose both arms and legs before they are "dead" and must be carried to the end by one of the group members when everyone "alive" is safely across. Only the person in the front of the line can test squares to see if they are safe or not. People from the back of the line may move forward but only as long as they do not touch any unsafe squares.


Purpose: Build team work, team must overcome adversity and lose of limbs, but still pull together to complete the mission.


Debrief: How does this relate to situations in your life? What did you need from your teammates to succeed? What did you have to be willing to give? Do we really need each other?

Minefield grids

Example paths for the minefield grid.