It is always an immense pleasure for me to hang out and play with Karl Rohnke. He joined us at Northeastern Illinois University on April 18th for some true F.U.N.N. (Functional Understanding Not Necessary) as he likes to call it. One activity in particular struck a cord for me - Fire in the Hole. Karl wrote about Fire in the Hole in the first Silver Bullets activity book over 30 years ago, and has been sharing it ever since (and I'm sure sharing it even before he wrote about it).
The participant in the video below is attending his first adventure-based activity workshop (and, is not yet 30 years old) - little did he know! The master demonstrates for us Fire in the Hole (in his subtle flair, telling a story about when he first heard the term "fire in the hole" used by construction workers, after placing a charge to dynamite, to warn the people within earshot that an impending loud blast was about to occur) with someone experiencing it for THE FIRST TIME EVER. You will see in the video the emotional connection the apprentice makes with the activity (not to mention getting to give Karl a big hug). The power of F.U.N.N. is everlasting! It might be old to us, but it's something new (and even memorable) to others.
Have F.U.N.N. out there!
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Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.
This blog is a space for hands-on programable fun - energetic activities and ideas that can be used as a means to bring people together; activities and ideas we as educators can add to our social development curriculums.