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A true teamwork adventure that requires a wide
variety of talents for the team to be successful.


This adventure illustrates the importance of good planning, communication, and utilization of resources in order to achieve team success. Your team leads an important recovery mission into an area contaminated by biological hazards. Team members use a map, compass and GPS to find several sites that contain toxic items that need to be retrieved. When they arrive at each location, they will find unique challenges they must engineer a solution to, using only the resources they have decided to bring with them.

Agenda & Activities

Welcome & Warm-Ups (10-15 minutes) Atlanta Challenge staff welcome participants and set expectations for the event. We then lead some fun warm-up activities that also randomly create small teams.

Mission Training (15-20 minutes) Each team of 8-10 people sends different team members to be trained in specific skills: GPS, land navigation, mission requirements, and expedition gear. When they return to their team, it is up to them to share their new expertise and information with their team mates.

Recovery Challenges (2 hours) Upon finding each location, the team must develop and implement a strategy for recovery of each item using the equipment they have with them. These challenges require a great deal of cooperation, trust, and “start to finish” planning to enable the team to be successful.

  • Pilot – The pilot of the cargo plane that was carrying the toxic materials is tangled up in his parachute. The team must safely recover the item and the pilot without becoming entangled themselves.
  • Cabin Pressure – An 8-foot cube that contains additional dangerous materials has been located. The team must retrieve items out of the cube, but without touching it. Good planning and engineering help here.
  • Retention Pond – An item is in the middle of a 30 foot wide “retention pond” which is now a toxic environment. The team will need to build a safe system for sending someone over the pond, keeping them safe and dry while retrieving the toxic item.
  • Flight Wreckage – This item is located inside of some jagged pieces of wreckage from the airplane. Due to the heat and toxicity, the team will need to create a unique solution to this problem.

Fund Raising While performing their recoveries, teams will also earn “revenue” points by taking assigned pictures of their team in action, collecting information from the local population, and discovering information about their teammates. Being able to multi-task is a key ingredient to success.

Unexpected disasters While making their way to the various contamination sites, your team will encounter other challenges besides the “official” recoveries, because you never know what’s going to happen AFTER you make your plans!

  • Exposure – Several team members are suddenly exposed to a toxic cloud, rendering them blind, mute or suffering from some other malady for a period of time.
  • Stretcher – Someone on the team needs to be carried to safety, using only a rope and whatever else your team has on hand to build a stretcher.

Group Presentations (15 minutes) Teams meet at the final rendezvous location to share their experiences and lessons in short, entertaining presentations or in a more involved group conversation.

  • Utilize problem solving skills to accomplish goals.
  • Practice managing resources while being outcome focused.
  • Integrate various skills to accomplish more together than alone.

Length: 3 hours +/-

Activity: Moderate

Location: 10-200 people.

Group Size: Outdoors in a park or your campus, please call for special location requirements.

Includes: Complete facilitation, all materials, team bandanas, event photos and videos.

“I really do see a difference in most of our team as a result of our activities. Every- one remarked that they enjoyed the first day of our retreat, and came away feeling like a valid part of the team.”

Emory Univ