A Lesson in Hide-And-Go-Seek: A Team Building Game


  • Suresh L. Gamlath


This paper emanates from an on-going study into the use of outdoor sports and games to build interpersonal and teamwork skills within a formal academic curriculum in higher education. Working in teams of five students had to locate their tutor and escort him to a designated location (base camp) via several landmarks (rendezvous points) – without being intercepted by an opposing team. Winning was largely a matter of chance, but favoured highly cohesive teams with a strong leader/coordinator function. Participants reported a high level of enjoyment. The game gave freshers an opportunity to bond with their peers and to explore the university’s hometown. While winning was important to all players, they were largely driven by the intrinsic reward derived from playing the game.