Team Builders

River Crossing

Supplies: Materials for the starting line, river boundaries, and finish line.

The goal of this exercise is to help teach your students or leaders to work together by having them work as a team to cross a “river.”

First, using your youth room, gym, or other space, you need a place to start from (a wall, lines in the gym, etc). The “river” must have easily distinguishable boundaries. It can be made from tape on the floor, wood (like 2 by 4’s), or even rope. Finally, there needs to be a designated finish line.
Break the students up into teams and have them race to the other side of the river. The rules are simple: everyone on the team has to get across and no one can fall in the river (touch the floor), or the whole team has to start over.

First team over the river AND cross the finish line, wins!

Idea by Scott Street


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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