A true teamwork adventure course that requires a
wide variety of talents for the team to be successful.
This adventure course 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 venture to several sites that contain toxic items that need to be retrieved. When they arrive at each location, they will find unique teamwork challenges they must engineer a solution to, using only their teamwork skills and the resources they decided to bring with them.
Agenda & Activities
Welcome & Warm-Ups (10-15 minutes) Atlanta Challenge staff welcome participants and set expectations for the adventure course. 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 various recovery skills. When they return to their team, it is up to them to share their new expertise with their team mates. Only using teamwork skills will ensure success!
Recovery Teamwork Challenges (2 hours) Upon arriving at each location, the team must develop and implement a strategy for recovery of the toxic materials 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.
Sample team building activities:
- 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 the recoveries, teams also earn “revenue” points by taking assigned pictures of their team in action, collecting information, and discovering facts 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 in the adventure course, teams will encounter other teamwork 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) After completing as many teamwork challenges as they can in the time allot- ted, teams meet at the final rendezvous location to share their experiences and lessons in short, entertaining presentations or in a more involved group conversation.
Wrap-up (5 min) We wrap up with a meaningful closing activity and team picture.