Team Building Activity: Blindfold Tent Building

Blindfolded and under pressure, the group must work together in a race against the clock to put up a tent. Blindfold tent build is a great challenge for developing communication and leadership skills.

Equipment Required: Basic 2-man tent

Space Required: Medium. Indoors or outdoors.

Group Size: 4 to 6 ideally. For larger groups split them into teams and use more tents. If you don’t have the tents available, then do a time trial with teams competing against each other.

Total Time: 40 minutes

  • 5 minutes to brief.
  • 10 minutes to practice and discuss
  • 20 minutes to complete the challenge
  • 5 minutes to review.

Brief/Challenge Instructions

  1. Explain to the group that they will need to work together and build the tent as a team; however, they will be blindfolded.
  2. Allow the team time to familiarise themselves with the tent and let them practice putting it up a couple of times.
  3. Give blindfolds to everyone in the group.
  4. The team leader selected is handcuffed, not allowed to touch anything but can give instructions.
  5. Begin the challenge. Allow 15-20 minutes to complete the challenge.

If you need to make it more challenging for the group, tell them that they cannot use words to communicate – only sounds (ensure you tell them this during the initial discussion phase).