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The Moat
Materials required: Tape to draw on floor Flip chart paper to use for planks Transparency of MOAT or draw on Flip Chart Overview An exercise in teamwork and lateral thinking in which participants are given a task to perform. Goals 1. To allow participants direct experience of teamwork. 2. To introduce lateral thinking. Procedure 1. Participants form subgroups of 5-7 members. 2. Now give the groups their briefing. Each group has been asked to rescue someone who is being held captive inside a castle. Unfortunately, the castle is sitting on a square island with a 2.1-metre wide, crocodile-infested moat around it. The only way to access the island is with the drawbridge-and it has been raised to stop your rescue operation. You have searched the area and found two planks. These planks are the ONLY items available to you. 3. Your task is to get to the island safely and rescue the person being held captive. The problem is, how are you going to cross the crocodile-infested moat? If you touch the water you can assume you have been eaten and your rescue attempt has failed! Discussion points 1. 2. 3. 4. How long did it take to come up with a solution? Is this the only solution? What was the process? How may this apply to everyday situations?

Variations 1. This activity may be used either indoors or outdoors. If used outdoors make sure you use your imagination when creating the moat! 2. Other stories may be used, but employ creativity in your choice.

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Trainers Notes: 1. Ensure everything is prepared before this activity is introduced, including the tape on the floor 2. Each group should be far enough apart to ensure ideas aren’t copied One solution is:

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