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Blindfolded Rope Trail

Blindfolded Rope Trail

What You’ll Need:

  • Long Rope
  • Blindfolds

Getting into the Activity

Get outdoors and challenge the group to work as a team to navigate a rope trail blindfolded. The ultimate test of teamwork, communication and using your senses.

This activity works best in a location where there are trees, branches, hills and other obstacles to navigate around. Before the activity a leader will need to set up a rope course, ideally so the children don’t see it beforehand. This can be done by weaving a rope around trees and through obstacles. Try to set the course to be challenging based on the abilities in the group.

Potential obstacles include weaving around trees, under/over fallen trees, up/down a hill, around large puddles, over large rocks, dodging branches and retrieving items along the way.

  • Split the children into pairs, with one of them being blindfolded.
  • The blindfolded person starts at the beginning of the course holding the rope.
  • Their partner can help them navigate the rope course by verbally giving instructions to guide them.
  • Once complete the pairs should swap over so everyone gets a go.

Make the activity more difficult by creating harder obstacles or setting rules around how the pairs can communicate.

You could work in threes, with one person completing the course, one person seeing the course but not talking and the other being able to talk but not see the course. Can all three work together to complete the challenge?

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Shared equipment should be kept to a minimum and everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the activity.
  • Ensure the space you are using is appropriate and the obstacles selected are suitable for your age group.


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