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Team Skills
Team Fun
Team Work
Team Bond

Teams work to overcome a series of obstacles in
order to build toys for kids of wounded soldiers.

Overview

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.

Goals
  • Identify key teamwork behaviors and how to implement them.
  • Reinforce the importance of staying focused on the primary goal.
  • Give back to the community.
Logistics

Length: 3-4 hours, depending on your schedule.

Activity: Moderate

Location: Outdoors in a large open space, or inside a gym or similar space.

Group Size: 35-500 people

Includes: Complete facilitation, bandanas, toys, delivery to our partner charity, event photos and videos.

“I just want to say thank you to you and your team for a fabulous team building activity. I received such an overwhelming response of positive feedback on the event from everyone. Thank you for what you do! I hope we can team up again in the future.”

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