Our Jeep Riddle Rally and Scavenger Hunt is a great add-on to our popular San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour.
For a fast-paced “wild-and-wacky” program, our Desert Olympics fits the bill.
For a more serious, focused, team-building program, we suggest our Adventure Challenge team-building program (offered mid-November through mid-April).
Our professional sales team is happy to help you select the perfect team building program for your group. Just let us know a bit about the make-up of your team and what you want them to get out of their team building program experience.
The following team building programs were all designed and are operated by Desert Adventures staff.
Looking for an engaging team building program that everyone in your group can do? Our Jeep Riddle Rally and Scavenger Hunt adds elements of competition and challenge to our popular San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour. (This is also a wonderful activity for groups that include families and/or children).
The rally begins with a group welcome at the hotel where guests are given colored bandannas that correspond to their teams, one team per jeep. The jeep guides will explain the rules of the rally and give them their team packets, which contains all the items necessary for the competition. Then the teams will jump in their jeeps and the adventure begins!
From the moment guests board their big red jeeps, they will be challenged with riddles about the desert. The answers to the riddles are found in our guides’ informative and entertaining tour narration.
Teams are also required to complete some general knowledge trivia. For example: What U.S. City has the most chapels?
As an option, groups may also provide their own company or meeting specific riddles or trivia which we are happy to incorporate into the rally.
The Scavenger Hunt portion of the event takes place in a narrow canyon loop where teams will have to identify items that are not native to the desert. But they have to be careful, there are distractor items on their checklist (to keep everyone honest).
Teams earn points by coming up with a creative team name, solving riddles, answering trivia questions, finding scavenger hunt items, and performing a team cheer that they create.
Bonus points are awarded for creativity!
Duration: 3-4 hours, depending on hotel
Note: A modified version of this program is also available on our Indian Canyons Jeep & Hiking Tour. However, that program does not include a scavenger hunt.
Welcome to the Adventure Challenge…where we believe that the heart of our spirit comes from our desire to play. Our Adventure Challenge team building program presents teams with a series of experiential activities that focus on people working and playing together. The essence of the Adventure Challenge is simple. Participants learn the basics of communication, collaboration, cooperation, and trust embedded in a milieu of FUN!
Fun is contagious and people want to be part of it. People are willing to try things they might otherwise find embarrassing or difficult if they are fun. Fun is an invitation toward active involvement. Fun creates an immediate sense of togetherness and camaraderie that is essential to the group process. And fun helps keep people focused, engaged and connected to each other and the activities.
The goal of the challenges is to increase each participant's ability to work effectively as part of a group and to promote communication, trust, cooperation, and collaboration among team members. The activities are designed to engage everyone in your organization, regardless of their physical ability or level. So listen carefully and…let the games begin. But don’t let the ‘play’ or ‘game’ in this fool you! While all of the challenges are fun, they are a lot more difficult than you might imagine. Each can only be completed with true team collaboration and will require your team (however you define it) to successfully work together to navigate the challenges presented.
NOTE: This program can be set up as a team activity (recommended) or challenge/competition depending on your preference. The program can also be as superficial (i.e., primarily focused on the fun aspect of the games) or in-depth as you desire. For a true team building experience, we recommend limiting the number of challenges and allowing time for in-depth debriefing following each challenge.
Program Length: 2.5 Hours
Note: This program is offered November - March
PARACHUTE THROW - Teamwork and timing are the key to getting this parachute inflated above your heads! There is a lot of fun and laughs in this exercise. This is a great ice-breaking activity.
TROLLEY RACES - You thought marching band was hard…try and get everyone moving in step on trolleys through a course. Everyone must WORK TOGETHER and STEP IN SYNCH to make it through this course.
TURN OVER A NEW LEAF – The future is where you want to go. The past is where you are stuck. In this activity your group needs to identify what is holding them back and focus on what they really need to change to move forward.
STAR WARS – This diminishing resource challenge requires quick thinking, responsiveness, and help from others. Groups must make tough choices and learn how they make decisions as a group to successfully navigate their way though this challenge.
THE SPIDER WEB - Transport the entire team through a large, complicated web. This activity requires team members to confront both team strengths and weaknesses to successfully complete the challenge.
THE WALK ABOUT – A problem solving initiative that requires the team to construct a bridge to cross a river of “hot lava” before it’s too late. This is a lot harder than it sounds and teams MUST work together to solve this problem!
THE TITANTIC – The boat is sinking! How will you allocate the few lifeboats available to save as many lives as possible?? If you want to save your whole team, then everyone (up to 20 participants) must get on board the “lifeboat” without anyone “drowning”. Many variations can be used to make this challenge easier or harder and you will learn a lot about your team mates and how they react in stressful situations on this exercise.
BLINDFOLD TRUST - Do your really trust your team? You will find out as you try to maneuver your way through a landmine field with just your teammates’ verbal instructions to guide you.
Points are awarded based on the team’s score on each challenge and the team that accumulates the most points shall be declared the winner!
The number of activities will be adjusted based on the number of teams - with one activity per team of 10 people.
SHARP SHOOTER COMPETITION (Target Shooting) – GOAL: With each player taking a turn, hit as many targets as possible. Team members will take aim in the shooting gallery and a team total will be computed based on the number of targets hit during the round.
BULLS EYE COMPETITION (Darts) – GOAL: To throw darts at the board for points as marked on the board. As above, each team member will take their turn throwing darts at the dart board. A team total will be computed from everyone’s throws.
RINGER COMPETITION (Horseshoes) – GOAL: Get as many “shoes” on … or near … the post. As above, team member will take turns throwing horseshoes and a team total will be computed.
WALK THE PLANK – GOAL: Walk the planks across the far line … AND BACK … in the allotted time. This challenge takes coordination and communication to complete. Up to 6 team members stand on wood planks and grabbing ropes looped through the planks, they must walk the planks to the far line. When they get to the line, they must turn around and come back (with larger groups, different team members will do the return trip). Teams are penalized for each foot that hits the ground or not completing the task in time.
DECODER CHALLENGE (Morse Code Decryption) – GOAL: Figure out what a message in Morse Code says! Teams will be given a decrypted message and a Morse code decryption key. The team who deciphers the message in the shortest amount of time will win bonus points.
SPOON/WATER RELAY- GOAL: Fill the cup with as much water as possible, using only a spoon. Each team gets ONE spoon and players must take water from a bucket in their spoon and walk it to a table sitting a ways away with a cup. When they reach the table, they dump the water from their spoon into the cup and return to the starting point where they pass their spoon to the next team member. Teams earn points based on the amount of water they can get into the cup in the allotted time.
MINUTE-TO-WIN-IT ACTIVITIES (Judges Choice) – Depending on group size, additional short, quick Minute-to-Win-It type games will be added so that all groups have an activity at each rotation.
PLUS TEAM CHEER – GOAL: In the allotted time, come up with your best team cheer, this could be the tie breaker!
Program Length: 1.5 – 2 hours
If you are looking for team building programs that are offered at your hotel or ones that involve “social responsibility” activities, please let us know and we’d be happy to refer you to our team-building activity partner.
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