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Problem Solving

Problem solving is a tremendous way to break down barriers among groups; hopefully, at the end of a session the group should certainly know each other better. Although there is an emphasis on personal development and team building in problem solving, the two key ideas of this activity is to work together and have fun.

Groups are presented with a variety of both physical and intellectual challenges based in the grounds of Conway Centres: Delamere in the heart of the forest or at Conway Centres: Anglesey with the inspiring backdrop of the Snowdonia mountains. The range of challenges can be adapted to meet many desired group aims, indeed the activity naturally lends itself to participation by all age groups. The emphasis is on setting achievable challenges to ensure that both individuals and the groups themselves can demonstrate a progression through the activity.

Regular reviewing ensures that groups have a chance to reflect on their performance and decide on areas which they need to work on.

This activity is ideally coupled with one of the following activities; zip wire, low ropes course or orienteering, to provide a balance to the session. Problem solving can also be built into a day with a specific theme, these tend to work even better than the general problem solving choices. Successful days in the past have been based around ideas as diverse as the search for the Holy Grail and a Fairy Story! Some courses find it beneficial to bring in elements of motivational competition between groups, utilising our points scoring system, this is sometimes used to extend into a raft building finale where points are swapped for raft building equipment, often referred to as ‘Outdoor Business’.

We have recently developed a new set of problem solving challenges for older groups, based upon a 'Shipwreck' theme; furthermore, our standard problem solving challenges will be re-vamped regularly to reduce the chance of duplication on returning visits.

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