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REVIEW: “Susan, Operation Our Town scavenger hunt was a HUGE success at my family reunion!! We ALL – everyone – had a great time. The interaction was exactly what was needed. You learn a lot about people through such activities. I can’t wait to try another one of your hunts. By the way I liked to read what others thought about the product before buying and I love that you communicate with your audience – it adds such a personal touch! Wonderful!” – Andrea Johnson
HOW IT WORKS: This is an outdoor walking or driving scavenger hunt suitable for any area with shops and businesses (including malls). *This scavenger hunt will work in both large and small communities. They will embark on a super fun scavenger hunt, taking pictures, obtaining specific items and completing a creative project.
You’ll need about 2 hours minimum for this hunt 3 to 10 people. Each team will receive a collection bag containing a digital camera (or you can use one smart phone per team), their challenge sheet – the hunt itself – and various supplies. They will then embark on the scavenger hunt, taking pictures, obtaining specific items and completing a creative project. All the challenges are worth valuable points and there are some bonus point challenges as well. At the conclusion of the hunt, the teams will prepare an optional final presentation while you “grade” their challenge sheets to find the winners based on point total (award certificates are included with this hunt). THE WINNING TEAM will have had the most fun as a team while collecting the most points.. Your group will be divided into teams of
Spring is just about here and it’s time to get out and play no matter what age you are!
REVIEW: “Absolutely Amazing!!!! There is no other way to describe our team scavenger hunt activity. It exceeded every expectation I could have had. The picture portion brought me to tears when doing the scoring, I couldn’t believe the things our teams came up with. I knew it would be fun, but I had no idea how much. This was truly a ‘team” building exercise, watching the men (who are only usually interested in a golf outing), roar with excitement when their teams photo or unusual item was chosen and displayed for all to see. We had a dinner that evening to present awards and the winners, this is a must in bringing things to an end. We had a projector and showed the highlights of the day on screen. The room was “electric”!!!!!!!! Thank you so much the all the tools to make this day a huge success. The only problem I have is what to do for next year, the bar has been set so high, I don’t think anything could top this.” Fondly, Desiree Clisura, Princeton, NJ
I love that my mystery games are used for all sorts of events from fundraisers to house parties to church events to … well, whatever!
Each year, the Mora Area Chamber of Commerce performs one of our murder mystery games. Karen Amundson is their fearless leader, director, actor, stage manager, stage hand and jack of all trades. Her creativity and imagination are inspiring with every adaptation she makes to our games. Her efforts combined with our mystery games make for one successful event after another, like this one:
Especially when my main male character (after he “died”) came swankering out to the bar for a drink, as a woman with very large boobies with fantastic nipples in a very tight stretchy dress! All eyes were on him/her and, well, we pretty much lost it for a while! He had his wig on backwards, but it really worked on him/her!
“Taking Life One Shot at at Time” or “The 225th Annual Meeting of the O’Gilvie Irish Whiskey Distillery” adapted from your “Next of Kin” … (Ogilvie is a small town near Mora where we live. – We’re Scandinavian around here, mostly. Not many Irish – but falling near St. Patrick’s Day – what could we do!??) We sold shots of Jameson – in special stainless steel shot glasses we had made – with O’Gilvie – Fine Irish Whiskey – printed on them.
I played Sister Coreen. It was so fun!
Thank you again, Susan.”
Mora Area Chamber of Commerce, Mora MN
“We have used two of your murder mystery games for church fundraisers. The last one was Bordello of the Damned (cast pictured). We tied this in with raising awareness of human trafficking. We donated a portion to Lutheran Social Services to help with their programs. We are a small rural church with lots of people who believe we can do almost any thing. Your games have been a big hit with everyone and a blast to perform. A neighboring church asked us to help them raise money for a local man whose restaurant burned down, so I came back to you for another murder mystery. We couldn’t decide which one to do so we bought four. We will use one this winter and one next summer for hopefully a good cause. Your games work so well for us, and our shows usually sell out. Thank you, Gene Gatewood, Svea Lutheran Church, Svea, MN”
“We surprised the whole group with your Spies Like Us Team Building Mystery Game by covertly incorporating your characters into our meeting. They were prepared for a long boring lecture detailing a new product for our company from an ET Mars imposter. One of our supervisors (AKA Wanda Frohickey – one of the prime suspects in your murder mystery) jumped up and started yelling at the guest speaker saying he was not ET Mars. Everyone was stunned. They couldn’t believe she would stand up and yell at such an important representative of our company. The “real” ET Mars came out and called for security to escort the imposter from the building. Out I came in a security uniform and doing my best Barney Fife impersonation. People were laughing throughout the dinner and they still thought we actually had a new drug for the company in development. Overall, we had a great time and we really enjoyed the dinner. Thank you for the great script and making our dinner successful. Kind Regards, Daryl Dawson, Quincy, MA”
“I just came back from one of the most enjoyably gratifying events of my life. Granted, I’ve only been alive for 16 years, but this is definitely one I will remember. At my high school, I am the Treasurer of our Thespian Society Chapter. We were very low in club funds so we decided to put on a Murder Mystery Dinner to raise money. I was the director and organizer of the event, and the materials that came with the “Final Cut” mystery game were such a big help. The student actors thoroughly enjoyed breaking from the standard “stage performance” and exploring interactive and improvisational theater. We had a caterer, raffles, place cards, sternos, everything to make the dinner legitimate and, in a way, classy. The audience absolutely loved the performance. EVERYONE in the high school cafeteria enjoyed themselves tremendously, and we were able to raise over $500. Thank you so much for the basis for an amazing evening. We hope to make this an annual event, and we will of course use you next time =) Sincerely, Maria Knieste and the Hills West Thespian Society, Dix Hill, NY”
The enemy of creativity… is fear.
We’re all born creative, it takes a little while to become afraid.
A surprising insight: an enemy of fear is creativity. Acting in a creative way generates action, and action persuades the fear to lighten up. – Seth Godin
Clearly it’s a trending topic. As Seth says, “Acting in a creative way generates action, and action persuades the fear to lighten up.”
Which leads me to ask you:
to generate action (productivity, new products, innovative ideas…)?
I’m driven by my creativity and imagination. I’m still a kid in that way. They too are driven by their creativity and imagination – and their desire to play and to create. I’m always thinking, imagining, envisioning something “different” than what is. My mind never rests. And kids are the same way don’t you think? All you need to do is to play with a child and go where he or she leads you. Before you know it, time has passed as you become lost in their imagination. How awesome is that?
I facilitated my team building scavenger hunt games for many years for local San Francisco businesses. I have always designed my hunts from a kids’ point of view. I wanted to get adults away from technical, logical, in the box, “adult” thinking if you will and to rediscover their imagination, to rediscover the kid in them that should never go away.
Every time I facilitated one of my scavenger hunts for a company event, I would watch people as I gave my introductory speech. I would see the irritation on their faces, watch them dig in and, with their body language, clearly tell me that they were not going to have a good time because my game was going to be a waste of their valuable time.
And then they had to use their collective creativity and imagination to complete a challenge.
The transformation was absolute. The kid in all of them surfaced. They smiled, they relaxed, they laughed, they talked, they had fun and they were inspired. Whatever was going on in their office or in their life took a back seat. Sometimes they absolutely blew me away with their creative solution to the scavenger hunt challenge. They imagined something I never even thought of. Me, the creative one!
I never got tired of watching that transformation, which always came without fail.
So my next question is, what can we learn from our kids with regard to more fully using our creativity and imagination? To appreciate the power of fun? To take action and tell fear to lighten up?
Plan a team activity that will be so memorable and fun that it’ll spark the creative genius, team spirit, and sense of camaraderie and cooperation in your employees or coworkers.
I read an article in the newspaper this weekend entitled, Go ahead — be weird at work. Weirdness is gaining traction as more workers realize conformity will only hold them back. The article was about Seth Godin’s book, We Are All Weird.
I loved the concept but I’d like to add to it: “We Are All Weird, Imaginative and Creative, Dammit!”