Islands - COPE


The Challenge and Objectives
Start with half the group on each of the three end islands, then swap ends without touching the ground.

Tasks for the Instructor

  1. Check the islands for structural integrity.
  2. Check the boards for splinters.
  3. Weight test the islands by standing on them.
  4. Issue the challenge to the group.
    1. Participants and boards may not touch the ground. Participants may not throw boards, or attempt to leap from one island to another.
    2. If a participant touches the ground, the entire group must start over.
    3. If a board touches the ground, the group loses that resource.
    4. Participants must not bound or jump while crossing the boards.
    5. The boards must not be extended further than the black marker line. Three people must be standing on the board end to secure and stabilize the board when it is used for a crossing.

Safety Precautions

Facilitators must stand ready to spot participants as they cross from island to island. This is particularly important for team members who have been ‘handicapped’ with blindness for the challenge.

Variations for accomplishing the event

  1. Blindfold some of the participants.
  2. Prohibit some of the participants from speaking.

After the event

  1. Lead a group discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of the group’s method after each variation is attempted.
  2. Discuss how the group accommodated team members with temporary disabilities such as blindness or being mute.
  3. Have the group explore the possibility of a better or different way to achieve the challenge.  

Possible COPE Elements