Why can't these people work as a team?
As a trainer, you're familiar with this plea. We know teamwork is vital
to organizational success, yet so many teams continue to struggle. Why?
The answer may be as simple as this: they don't have a clear vision of
how a well-oiled team looks, acts, and feels.
You can stand in front of your audience and tell - even push - them to
be better team members, but we have a better idea. Let them experience
it. Whisk teams away from the traditional classroom with Jungle Escape,
the high-energy game that's been a bestseller and perennial favorite
among trainers since it was first introduced more than 30 years ago.
Fully immersed in a survival scenario, teams are challenged to work
together to build a make-shift helicopter with only limited parts--and
each other. Jungle Escape's hands-on design enables players to
discover and practice critical group-process skills such as team
planning, problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution.
Before they know it, they've experienced first-hand the differences
between a Cohesive team and one that's Fragmented or Divergent.
Stranded in a jungle after surviving an airplane crash, teams are
challenged to build a helicopter to exact specifications using only toy
parts, limited access to an assembled model, and teamwork. Starting with
a planning phase, they discuss how to execute the project, and then the
- Understand the difference between Cohesive, Fragmented, and Divergent teams
- Learn and practice the nine elements of effective teamwork
- Experience vital group-process skills
- Demonstrate the balance between planning and implementation
- Recognize the impact of individual behavior on group productivity
- Establish action-planning steps for improved team performance
When the team believes they've properly built their aircraft, the
facilitator checks the helicopter for accuracy and then records the
amount of time that was dedicated to planning and construction. The
winner? The team that spends the most time planning is typically the
team that completes the project the fastest. Following the activity,
team members take part in a discussion about team dynamics, offer
insights, and create an action plan for improvement.
The Jungle Escape kit is packed with everything you need to
deliver an interactive, 90-minute team-building exercise, from a
comprehensive facilitator guide, colorful toy parts, and useful
participant guides to support materials, an action video, and an
eco-friendly backpack. Heck, we even added a water bottle for trainers
with a thirst for learning!
Jungle Escape is a snap to facilitate, whether you are a novice
or a seasoned trainer. Use the game as a powerful way to introduce
basic team skills, improve productivity between multiple work teams, or
energize mature teams.
Uses and Applications
Jungle Escape can be used as a
standalone team-building exercise or part of a more comprehensive
training program. It was developed specifically for new and intermediate
work groups, but it's also an excellent refresher and energizer for
more mature teams. You can also use the game to:
- Introduce the elements of effective teamwork
- Kick off a team-building workshop or seminar
- Improve productivity between multiple work teams
- Identify group issues or concerns that block team performance
- Energize established work teams