The Porthole is constructed by suspending a tire between poles or trees.

The objective is to cross from one side of the porthole to the other without touching the porthole. The group must create a plan that takes participant physical ability and size to lift, pass, and spot participants in order to get them through.

Sample Story Line

  1. Explain to the group that they have been sent on an all expenses paid cruise because they have been communicating so well throughout the other activites. (Hopefully that is the case).
  2. However, the cruise ship that they are on was the cheapest one available, the SS Soup Strainer (insert your own goofy name). It hadn't been serviced in a very long time, and wouldn't you know it, the rough stormy weather has punched holes in the bottom the ship, and it is sinking.
  3. The captain has just informed the group that there are enough life boats, but since your rooms are by the engines in the bottom of the ship, you must escape through the lone porthole in your room. The captain estimates that the ship will be completely submerged in 20 minutes.
  4. Explain to the group that only the inside of the tire (the porthole) are accessible. The ropes and cables that hold the tire up, as well as the outside edges of the tire are really there, and can't be used.
  5. Good Luck!

Some facilitiation tips:

  • Be sure the group has practiced spotting and lifting, and that they are mature enough to safely do both. This activity requires lifting and must be taken seriously.
  • Avoid making too short of a time period to avoid rushing. If you make the time too urgent, groups begin to rush and become careless lifting and spotting.
  • Do not allow a run and dive for any participants! It is simply not safe and there are other methods.
  • Ask participants to tuck their shirts in. When being passed through the tire, it is very easy for shirts to come untucked and pulled up. Be mindful of this while observing the group and discreetly hold onto the bottom of someone's shirt if it begins to rise.
  • The hardest people to get through are the first and last person. Make sure the group does not plan anything dangerous. A general rule of thumb is everyone's head must remain higher than their feet at all times.
  • This is a very physical demanding element. Based on your observations of the group, it may not be appropriate based on the collective physical limitations of the group. There are so many universally adaptable activities out there, that we remind you to choose activities that set up for success the highest number of people.
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