Build bikes for military families while your
students builds their commitment to excellence.
This is a team building event and service project combined into one exciting program. Teams of 8-10 participants overcome a series of challenges in order to retrieve the parts for a child’s bicycle which they assemble and then donate to a local charity. There are also bonus challenges where teams can earn accessories for their bikes. The challenges are a combination of proven, high-energy, problem-solving initiatives and mental challenges that will help your team identify the behaviors of optimum teamwork. The goal of donating a completed bicycle is a great metaphor for staying focused on the big picture.
Agenda & Activities
Welcome & Warm-Ups (5-10 minutes) Atlanta Challenge staff welcome the participants and set expectations for the event. We then lead some fun warm-up activities that also randomly create teams.
Team Up (5-10 minutes) Each team creates a name and slogan which represent their commitment to success and teamwork. The teams review the event materials and discuss what their strategy will be for the event.
Recovery Challenges (90-120 minutes) Teams attempt to recover the parts for their bike by completing a series of six challenges. These activities are more mentally than physically challenging.
- Crane: Teams stretch their creative thinking and problem solving skills to retrieve the bike part from the contaminated area using only the equipment provided.
- Boardwalk: Your team must use planning, trust and unified effort to retrieve the bike part from the center section of a complex of narrow wooden beams.
- Rat Race: The fumes in this area are so strong that everyone entering it must wear protective eye coverings, and trust their teammates to communicate the proper path while they retrieve the bicycle part from the infested area.
- Step Lightly: Your team must use the resources available to them to cross the toxic sludge safely and retrieve the bicycle part without touching the floor.
- Secure Transfer: Using the tools provided, careful attention to detail, and a little perseverance, teams rescue bike parts from the contaminated container.
- Swamp Crossing: Your entire team must support each other and work together to cross the snake infested swamp to recover your bike part.
Accessory Challenges Teams complete additional challenges to earn points for purchasing accessories for their bike (helmets, horns, lights, etc.).
- Trivia: Teams solve themed trivia questions (hopefully without their phones) to earn points for accessories.
- Brainteasers: Teams work on this collection of various brain challenges for extra points as they complete the other challenges.
- Facilitator Challenges: Teams perform outrageous bonus challenges that our facilitators must photograph for points to be awarded.
Assembly (15 minutes) Teams assemble and inspect their bicycles.
Group Presentations (15 minutes) All teams come together to share their experiences and lessons in short, entertaining presentations. Always a lot of fun!
Bike Acceptance (5 minutes) For large groups, a representative from the charity may be available to speak to the group about where the bikes are going, and thank the group for their efforts. With smaller groups or if the representative is unavailable, our staff share this information.
Wrap-Up (5-15 minutes) At the end of the program, the teams all come together to share their experiences and lessons they have learned in short, entertaining presentations. We end with a group picture with the bikes.