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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 rescue the parts for a child’s toy which they assemble and then donate to a local charity. There are also bonus challenges that can help teams complete their toy or earn accessories. The challenges are a combination of 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 toy is a great metaphor for the importance of staying focused on the big picture.
Agenda & Activities
Welcome & Warm-Ups (20-30 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 small teams. Each team creates a name and slogan which represent their commitment to success and teamwork. The teams review the event mate-rials and discuss what their strategy will be for success.
Recovery Challenges (90-120 minutes) Teams attempt to recover the parts for their toy 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 toy part from the contaminated area using only the equipment provided.
- Boardwalk: Your team must use planning, trust and unified effort to retrieve the toy part from the center section of a complex of 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 toy part from the infested area.
- Step Lightly: Your team must use the resources available to them to cross toxic sludge safely and retrieve the toy part without touching the floor.
- Secure Transfer: Using the tools provided, careful attention to detail, and a little perseverance, teams transfer toy parts from the contaminated container to safety.
- Swamp Crossing: Your entire team must support each other and work together to cross the snake infested swamp to recover your toy part. Strategy is key!
Accessory Challenges Teams complete additional challenges to earn points for purchasing parts from challenges they were unable to complete, or accessories for their toy.
- Trivia: Teams solve local trivia and trivia about your organization.
- 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 toys.
Toy Acceptance (5 minutes) The group is told about where the toys are going, and thanked for their efforts. When possible, this is a representative from the charity.
Wrap-Up (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 toys.