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Using Ropes To Facilitate Group Experiences

Ideal for teachers, facilitators, camp leaders and other program providers, this book will teach you more than 100 powerful group games and activities that require only a few short pieces rope, webbing, string or other cordage and, in some case, a few simple props that you already have.


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The phrase ‘learning the ropes’ is as appropriate today as it was 200 years ago. Then it referred to a new recruit on a sailing vessel learning how to climb and handle the many ropes that operated the ship’s sails. For the purpose of this book, ‘learning the ropes’ refers to understanding how to facilitate a wide variety of powerful group activities that explore a significant range of topics.

Altogether, there are more than 123 different ways in this book to create valuable experiences and powerful teachable moments with your next group. And best of all, these techniques require only a few simple pieces of rope, string, elastic shock cord, webbing and other common forms of cordage, plus a few simple props that you probably already have, and a few that require no equipment at all.

It is pocket-sized (4.5″x6″) and comes with lots of photographs and illustrations. This book will show you how to use a finite collection of ropes to facilitate an infinite variety of group experiences.

Written by Jim Cain in 2013 (224 pages.)

ISBN 978 0988 204614

Featured Activities

Not A Knot

Difficult decision-making task that seeks consensus.

Pizza Toss

Playful group initiative with a difficult solution.

Wrapped Around My Finger

Non-threatening strategy to promote small group sharing.

Twice Around The Block

Simple, story-based get-to-know-you game for all groups.

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