Tunnel of Victory
This activity should follow some type of goal setting activity as it is meant to symbolically represent overcoming obstacles and being victorious in achieving your goal.
- Separate the group into brothers and sisters. They can be in the same room or go into separate rooms.
- A staff member should demonstrate the activity first to show the level of intention, along with practical safety points.
- The first volunteer chooses 3 people to represent obstacles and one person to represent their goal.
- The three obstacle people line up in plank position next to each other with about 1 foot of distance between them.
- The goal person stand at the end of the row.
- Before beginning, the volunteer should shout out their goal to the group, and everyone should cheer in response.
- The volunteer’s job is to crawl under the obstacle/plank people until they have reached the goal person.
- Once the volunteers head has passed obstacle person #1, the obstacle person should drop their entire weight to make it difficult for them to pass (they must wait until their head has passed for safety reasons).
- They continue this process with the other obstacles until the make it out of the tunnel victoriously.
- The volunteer, obstacle people and goal person should all embrace at the end.
- While the entire experience has happening everyone on the sidelines should be shouting and cheering them on.
- If someone is having difficulty completing the tunnel, help them by pushing the backs of their feet or holding back the obstacle people from being dragged.
- People will often get dragged and that makes it nearly impossible, so have some staff ready to pull people back if needed.