Affordable Portables: A Working Book of Initiative Activities & Problem Solving Elements

ISBN: 978-1-885473-40-0
SIZE: 8.5 x 11
PAGE COUNT: 182
PRICE $27.95

“Experiential education and challenge programming can be one of the most effective pro-social developmental tools available today. Your ideas along with mine and all my contributing friends will create new ways to look at the world and all its wonder.”

Affordable Portables is an essential tool for counselors, educators, trainers, and others interested in beginning or boosting an experiential challenge program at minimal cost. Activity descriptions include instructions for course and activity construction, tips on group facilitating, and suggested discussion questions for processing. Games/demonstrations focus on enhancing inventiveness, resourcefulness, problem-solving techniques, and pro-social skills.

Activities contributed by: Lori Armstrong, Brian Brolin, Jim Cain, Madeline Constantine, Lenny Diamond, Craig Dobkin, Clay Fiske, Jackie Gerstein, Frank Harris, Clifford E. Knapp, Earl LaBlanc, Tom Leahy, Karl Rohnke, Sam Sikes, Tom Smith & Scott Trent.

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Excerpt from the Book

TOSSER TOUCH

Needs:
1 flying disc and a 20 yard span to cross.

Procedure:
Using a flying disc, have each individual in the group touch the side of the disc with one finger, without touching anyone else in the group (hair doesn’t count as a touch for this one). From this point, have the group move together, about 20 yards, without dropping the disc or touching one another.

Observations/Questions:
•Was anyone uncomfortable? Was anyone left out? Why?
•Could you add more people? How many?
•Did anyone touch another person and not speak up?
•Who is responsible for following guidelines?
•What was the reaction to dropping the disc?
•Were you able to get past the problems you encountered?

Variation:
•Carry a bucket of water overhead in the same manner - finger tips only. It’s permissible to touch others during this one.
•Use different size balls. Start out with a larger beach ball - this seems easy. Progress through different sizes. Could you get your entire group around a golf ball?
•ADULTS ONLY - Every player gets a stick-pin. Travel with a balloon!!

Table of Contents

Introduction
Facilitation & Processing
Section One: Initiative Games
Initiative Games Introduction
Birthday Rope
Watch It
Tosser Touch
Three Tarp Activities
Sticky Situation
Going Nuts
Raccoon Circles
It
Name Ball
Moon Ball
Zig-Zag
Cooperative Ricochet
Boundary Ball
Fireball
Flinch
Up in the Air
Sock in the Butt
Objectables
Lily Pads & Islands
Puzzling
Stick-Mobile
Rope Bus
Sticks, Stones & Bones
Pipeline
Islands
Marble Movers
The Great Egg Drop
Electric Amoeba
Tangles
Lap Stack
Waterfall
Corporate Box
Three Noodle Initiatives
Chris-Cross
Leakers
The Tunnel
Hole-in-One
Goodness Cratious
Descend-sion
Overhead Crane
Carpet Maze
The Last Crusade & the Path to Enlightenment©
Bun-G-Box/PVC Bun-G-Box
Lines of Communication
Section Two: Safety First
Safety First Introduction
Spotting
Tennis Ball Walk
Blind Beam
Warning Bells
Mine Field
Trash Collector
Section Three: Initiative Elements
Initiative Elements Introduction
Quad Jam
Box Hop
Box Top
Windmill
Opposites Attract
Mountain Tops
Swamp Walk
Trolleys
Friendship Walk
Electric Portal
The Web
The Cube
Roof Tops
References
Appendix
Resources, Processing & Facilitation
Additional Experiential Resources
Experiential/Adventure-Based Training Companies
Challenge Course Builders
Equipment/Resources Catalogs
Equipment Tricks
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