Solve the Puzzles of Teamwork
When done right, team building-oriented scavenger hunts lap the competition by being:
Surprisingly Affordable: With a treasure hunt, what you see is what you get. Other popular team program, for example, often add in hidden expenses, such as special licenses & insurances, I.D. cards, yearly membership, water, helmets or shoe rental, etc. With a treasure hunt, there’s no nasty sticker shock when you get your bill — just great team building! (Dr. Clue hunts start from as low as $49.99.)
Brainy: As a leader in your industry, you hire only the top employees. They’re savvy, they’re smart — and they don’t want or need their team building “dumbed down”. A la the Da Vinci Code and National Treasure, treasure hunts offer intelligent, sophisticated puzzles and clues to solve — allowing sharp, problem-solving professionals a chance to strut their stuff. (Dr. Clue, for example, hires professional puzzle writers. These are no simple rhymes and wordplay…we’re talking word & logic puzzles, codes, ciphers, trivia, tactile clues…the whole kitchen sink.)
Structured: So many “recreational team building” activities are non-structured — you watch a ballgame, bowl a few strikes and go home with a fun time…and little more. Treasure hunts, by contrast, unfold in stages: a team formation and planning stage, a clue solving stage, a location visiting stage, a debriefing stage. Facilitators are there throughout the process, helping you relate the hunt back to real-world work issues.
Competitive Within Limits: With other team building activities, cut-throat competition is the norm. Whether it’s paint ball, laser tag, go-kart racing — the goal tends to be Win At All Costs. In a treasure hunt, however, the goal is to bring people closer rather than further dividing them. Treasure hunters are urged to maximize their own scores, yes, but not at the expense of sabotaging the other teams’ efforts. Cross-team collaboration and silo busting is strongly encouraged, with the total, collective score of the organization valued at a premium.
Low Impact: Unlike some of the more rigorously “athletic” activities available, treasure hunts are suitable for ALL physical abilities. As long as you can walk (and think), you can participate — without fear of embarrassment that you’ll be singled out, criticized or “picked last”.
Site Specific: Treasure hunts get you out on the streets, exploring all the hidden nooks and crannies. How many times have you come to town for a meeting, then been shuttled between hotel and conference room without ever seeing & experiencing the local area?! At Dr. Clue, we’ve scouted over 100 locations, world-wide, for treasure hunts. Pretty much wherever you’re meeting, we’re likely to have one or two pre-scouted locations to choose from. OR, we’ll create one for you!