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Incorporating Slings Into Group Activities - Phil Chandler
This past summer I had the opportunity to participate in a leadership training/team building event with 26 young men (ages 16-18) of a local church group. We spent three days in the beautiful Uintah Mountains of north eastern Utah.

The most popular activity was entitled “Slaying the Goliaths in Your Life”. We had an instructor lead a discussion about the biblical story of David and Goliath. We then drew parallels of how we could apply David’s experience to our day-to-day lives, and difficult challenges we may face.

To cement the ideas we had discussed, we constructed slings, based on the ideas and help we received from Chris at We used elk skin and parachute cord. When the slings were finished, we went outside for a friendly competition.

Fearing the potential hazards that are associated with a bunch of beginners (teenagers no less), we started with marshmallows. Once they had the basic motion down, we moved on to rubber balls. When we determined that everyone had the general feel for throwing we had a volunteer (with full body armor) act as a Goliath.

One thing that they learned was that David must have had plenty of practice. With the exception of a few near-hits, most shots were way off target.

Despite the bad aim, we did accomplish our purpose; to teach a valuable lessen (there is a cause worth fighting for – 1 Samuel 17:29) and have fun at the same time.

A big thanks to Chris for an incredibly informative website and some much appreciated advise through the days leading up to this event. We couldn’t have done it without his help.

I’d be happy to offer my assistance to anyone interested in trying an activity like this. I can be reached at


- Phil Chandler

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