Yesterday Rotary International hosted the youth leadership awards and asked our Rotaract chapter to help. Our team was assigned the lower ropes challenge with various groups of 13-16 year olds. 

First challenge, tie 20 knots in the 25 foot rope and have the groups untie the knot together using only their right hand. 

Second challenge, make a shape together using the 25 foot rope while blindfolded.
Final challenge, walk a course together in unison while lassoed by the rope.  

Lessons learned: when you’re resource limited you must pool your teams resources to accomplish the mission.

In life many times we walk into a situation blindfolded, but how you find your way is by communicating correctly by asking the right asking the right questions to your team and by trusting that they follow instructions.

There’s the old saying “Individually you’ll get there faster, but together you’ll get there farther.” They learned that in order to finish the course they must all walk together because if not, they would be bound by the rope and ultimately fall. 

 


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