We bonded through a communication challenge today called "minefield." The group was instructed to work together is a closed room while one of their team members attempted to walk across a live minefield (post-it notes that are safe or not, but the kids didn't know which was which). After each individual attempted the course alone, they returned to their teammates to report successes and failures each step of the way.
It was up to the group to develop a system and communication plan to accomplish the task of sending every member across the minefield without stepping on a single live mine. It was challenging at first, but they aced it by their second try, encouraging one another, working together to map each move, and creating a helpful language.
We toured the woods behind the space in search of some free time after lunch and a shady nature spot to read a little Howard Zinn and sketch out ideas for personal flags and a NOMAD flag. "The Spot," as it's called, has a few rope swings, support rope for steep areas, and lots of potential for group building projects of some sort. We imagined ourselves building a classroom fort where we could work under our future NOMAD flag flying proudly!