These challenges are designed to be easy to administrate, very low on cost (under $100), can be completed either inside or outside and are not dependent of how many people actually participate. These challenges are high energy and have high crowd appeal. These challenges are designed after actual team survivor challenges from the CBS Survivor: The Australian Outback and Survivor: Philippine .series in the
Outback. Depending on how much time we have, we can complete one or all 3 of these challenges usually takes about 45 minutes per challenge after the teams have been selected). Below is a detail description of the events, what’s needed and the time it takes to complete them.
First we separate all the participants into 2 equal teams. Depending on how may challenges we are doing we ask for volunteers to compete in specific events. An example is if there were 30 people per team, 10 would compete in challenge 1, 10 in challenge 2 and 10 in challenge 3 from each team.
Challenge One – Obstacle Course
Contestants will race through a pre-designed course with their wrists tethered or tied together.
What’s needed – Zip ties (Home Depot – 250 for $5.99) or yarn & 4 balls (any type), the bigger the better. Get enough ties to secure the contestants wrists together and a course design. It’s not critical what we actually do, it’s the fact that they are tied together and have to work as a team to complete the challenge that makes it exciting.
Course – Waking over something (benches or get cinder blocks and 2 X 4’s and create a Z-shaped walkway), crawling through something (inner tube) and crawling under something (picnic tables, benches, create something) are fun parts of this challenge. Having them go through an inner tube, hoola-hoop, etc. is also real fun to watch. The more creative you make it, the more exciting it becomes.
Time approx 20-25 minutes
Challenge Two – Blindfolded Challenge
Blindfolded contestants are guided through a series of instructions by one or two teammates that can see. The biggest challenge we face here is blindfolding the participants so they cannot see. Please be sure to test whatever material you are using to blindfold the participants so they cannot see especially under the blindfolds. Invariably, it seems that there are people who navigate through the course as if their blindfolds are not secured.
What’s Needed – Enough blindfolds for all participants, strips of material, dollar store bandanas, etc. Sometimes it takes 2 pieces of material to effectively blindfold them.
Any series of instructions will work here. We have either one or two people from each team that can see and are giving instructions. Again, working together here is a must to complete this challenge. One example is to have both teams gather objects (logs, pieces of wood) and place the in a receptacle (garbage can) that is centered in between the two teams. The first team to complete the challenge is the victor.
Time approx 20-25 minutes
Again…. please do not consider this challenge unless you are certain you have an effective way to completely blindfold the contestants. It’s very anti-climatic if they can see even a little.
Challenge Three – Bug Eating Challenge
This is by far the most memorable, exciting, crowd appealing challenge of the three. I mean by far. This may take you by surprise a bit but I have done this challenge over 200 times and it’s always fun. Participants will line up and select items in closed containers to eat. Points are awarded by speed and completion. Half points are awarded for assistance from teammates.
What’s Needed –
2 portions of each food item to be consumed
Disposable cups to put the food items in
An 8-foot table
One or two lined garbage cans
Something to cover the cups so it remains a mystery (foil, lids)
If you can video tape this with a “live” feed to a screen it’s perfect for everyone in the audience to see
3 live items from Pet Smart or local pet supply
Live feeder crickets (largest ones available) at least 10 each (5 per cup), please secure lid to prevent escape. GET 3 DOZEN
Live meal worms (largest ones available), at least 10 (5 per cup). GET 2 DOZEN
Live feeder fish, at least 10 (5 per cup). GET 2 DOZEN
7 non-live items from the local grocery store (some suggestions are as follows), there is no need to get anything that will appeal to them.
Head Cheese X 2 Servings
Liverwurst X 2
Pickled Pigs Feet X 2
Canned Sardines X 2 in the nasty sauce (hot mustard)
Cow Tongue (get a whole one for display and another that we’ll cook and they eat. This actually tastes pretty good)
Cocktail Onions (we blindfold them and tell them it’s eyeballs)
Cat Food X 2 (liver)
Spam X 2
Baby Food (mashed peas or something equally unappealing) X 2
Limburger Cheese X 2
Limburger Cheese spread
Pickled Eggs (usually in a red pickled juice
Ginger root (the flat kind they serve with sushi) . shaved lizard tongue
Anything else disgusting you can find J
Smelt with the heads on
Time approx 60 minutes
Because the challenges are so exciting, awarding prizes isn’t normally an issue but if you feel it’s necessary, one idea for the winning team is you can pass out 2 raffle tickets per person and only one each for the losing team. You can then award as many prizes as you’d like to raffle off. That way you have complete control of prizes regardless of how many participants there are.