The Wall

The Wall

The Challenge and Objectives
The entire group must work together to get everyone over the top of the wall. Use a stop watch to time the group.  After the group completes the event for the first time, challenge them to do it again but faster. Have them set the goal for the time to beat.

Tasks for the Instructor

  1. Position the ladder for access to the platform.
  2. Inspect the wall for cracks, smoothness or splinters.
  3. 3.   Inspect the platform for structural soundness.
  4. 4.    Station one facilitator on the platform who will remain there for the duration of the challenge and another person (can be a leader or parent) at the base of the ladder to ensure people descend safely.
  5. 5.    Explain the challenge to the participants.
    1. The group cannot use anything but their own power to get everyone over the wall.
    2. When a participant ascends the wall, he/she has can help lift two group members over the wall. After their two lifts, then must leave the platform.
    3. Once a participant has gone over the wall, the climber needs to return to the other side to help spot the rest of the group.
    4. No more than two participants can be may be on the top of the wall (the platform) with the facilitator.
    5. Ask the group to create a plan for how to accomplish the challenge.

Safety Precautions

  1. Be sure there are enough spotters to ensure a safe activity. Remind the group about appropriate spotting technique.
  2. Spotting must be strictly enforced to prevent injuries.
  3. Spotters must anticipate a fall from any direction and be aware of kicking feet.
  4. Participants on top of the wall must have both feet on the platform at all times.
  5. Instruct participants not to position their rib cage across the top of the wall while on top of the platform – instead use the ‘chicken wing’ approach where elbows are over the top of the wall.
  6. Participants may not pull one another by the belt or belt loops.
  7. If the participant says ‘that hurts’ immediate stop whatever is being done.
  8. Keep the ascending participant close to the wall to prevent him/her from falling backward.
  9. Spot the participant descending the ladder.

After the event

  1.  Lead a group discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of the group’s method.
  2.  Have the group explore the possibility of a better or different way to achieve the challenge.  


Possible COPE Elements