Try this at your next student event or meeting.
Either an indoor or outdoor setting works well for this enjoyable initiative. The group size can vary, with a maximum of 35 people.
Provide one 12-inch or larger balloon for each participant.
The objective of this activity is for the group to move over a given course or path, carrying the balloons between their bodies. You may have them line up and cushion the balloons “front to back” or allow them to come up with a suitable method. No hands may be used, and balloons may not be stuffed inside clothing.
Set up a challenging path for the group to travel. They may move down a staircase, over stumps or logs, or around tight corners. Decide whether or not to allow them to touch one another (i.e., hold on to the shoulders of the person in front of them). If they are in a line, allow the lead person to carry her balloon. If one is dropped within the group, the leader’s balloon may be used to replace the dropped balloon. If a second one is dropped, add a time penalty or require the group to return to the point where the balloon was dropped, blow up another one, and continue.
The group must move as a unit or body to carry out this initiative. If a single person does not cooperate, the group cannot function. Ephesians 4:4 says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling.” While we all have diverse gifts and abilities, we still are a part of the body of Christ.
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Joe Hicks is manager for FUGE Camps.