Pipeline – A Classic Team Building Activity

January 16th, 2013


Project Adventure’s Pipeline is a classic activity that will encourage your group to work together to achieve a common goal. Pipeline teaches your group that each participant has a part to play and is important to the overall success of the team.
Paradigm Shift
Number of Participants: 5-25 with the traditional Pipeline set.
Time:  20-25 minutes
Activity Level:  Moderate
Props:  Project Adventure’s Pipeline Kit: Includes Pipes, Webbing, “Eggs” – Marbles, Golf Balls, Ping Pong Balls
Objective:  To transport the eggs from their nest, down the trail, and into their safe haven – the pipe.
Set Up:
Place the “eggs” into the lid of the Pipeline Kit. Unwind a 25-50’ rope from the lid across the room ending at the pipe. Make the rope line about 10 feet longer than the length of the participants if they were lined up in a straight line.
This activity works best if related to the group via an incredibly story. I always tell the group that they are special scientists who are a traveling to a far away land must be transported from the beginning.

  1. The pipes may never touch each other.
  2. The eggs must never touch any part of the participant.
  3. Once in a pipe, an egg can never move backwards. It must always move towards the pipe at the end of the rope.
  4. If a participant has an egg in their pipe, that participant can not walk around the room.
  5. The pipes can not touch each other.
  6. The eggs follow the trail prepared by the facilitator.
  7. The trail and nests can not be moved.

The scientists’ special task on this adventure is to move these eggs as a group using the pipes given. They must follow the rules and will let the adventure begin.

Questions for discussion:

Facilitator Notes:

I hope you enjoyed this post…below is a video of some kids in Africa playing Pipeline. I hope you get the real importance of Pipeline while watching these participants laugh and celebrate together.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXTnG79zeak]
Ryan Eller
Founder, Paradigm Shift
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