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Black Bear

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Black Bear is a survival simulation team building game that requires participants to work together to rescue their scout leader following a bear attack.

HRDQ Team Adventure Series training simulations are a popular choice for team development training. They're an effective way to introduce the concept of synergy and help team members quickly develop vital group-process skills such as consensus decision making, problem-solving, communication, and conflict resolution in a nonthreatening learning environment.

How It Works

Each adventure simulation in HRDQ's Team Adventure Series starts with a suspense-filled scenario that challenges teams to work together to escape danger with only limited resources - and each other. While most people can rest assured knowing they'll never encounter these survival situations, they do experience similar feelings of stress and conflict that accompany everyday organizational life.

The Black Bear Scenario

On an early-morning hike in the Great Smoky Mountains, a group surprises a mother black bear - with near-fatal results. Suddenly, their scout leader is attacked, and he is left lying on the ground, unconscious and bleeding. Now, the group must work together to make vital strategic decisions and find the most effective way to rescue their scout leader.

Participants are asked to work as a team in an emergency situation to save the injured person’s life. By ranking items, the group is asked to make a crucial strategy decision, "What is the most effective means of ensuring the victim’s survival?" The backpack items are then evaluated for their usefulness to the group as it carries out its plan. This more realistically imitates typical organization behavior. They then select the best strategy alternative key to the scout leader’s chances for survival. Individuals and teams are penalized points based on the strategy alternative they select.

Uses and Applications

Use Black Bear and other Team Adventure Series survival simulations to illustrate the concept of team synergy, break the ice among new or conflicted teams, and give teams a nonthreatening opportunity to work together and practice decision making. It also helps:

  • Improve active listening, probing, and confronting behaviors in a realistic setting
  • Train team leaders in team facilitation skills
  • Open or close a learning session
  • Introduce an organizational change
  • Interject a fun activity into an otherwise serious agenda
  • Supplement outdoor experiential learning

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this simulation, participants will have the knowledge to:

  • Learn seven behaviors of effective consensus decision making
  • Hone group problem-solving skills
  • Practice a model for consensus decision making
  • Learn how to work as a team under pressure
  • Experience the concept of team synergy

Product Details

Product Type: Survival simulation

Target Audience: All individuals, but especially useful for supervisors, managers, customer service representatives, sales professionals, consultants, negotiators, and those who spend time in a communicating or listening role

Measures: How participants handle pressure and how to better cope with stress on the spot

Dimensions: Team synergy, communication, team building skills, and decision making

Time Required: Simulation: 15 minutes. Workshop: One hour and 45 minutes

What to Order

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.

Includes everything trainers need to deliver a successful learning experience including background information, administrative guidelines, a step-by-step workshop outline, expert rationale, alternative training designs, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, and sample participant materials.

Participant Guide 5-Pack: Order One Pack For Up to Five Participants.

The Participant Guide includes the adventure scenario, pressure-sensitive scoring, background information, team worksheets, and action planning.

About the Authors

The HRDQ Development Team creates soft-skills learning solutions that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. At HRDQ, we believe an experiential approach is the best catalyst for adult learning. Our unique Experiential Learning Model has been the core of what we do for more than 40 years. We combine the best of organizational learning theory and proven facilitation methods with an appreciation for adult learning styles, our philosophy initiates and inspires lasting change.

Product Resources

  • Article | How Team Survival Simulations Come Into Play
  • Info Kit | Download the Team Adventure Series Info Kit