Matt and I invented a game today! The activity is for Discovery, the outdoor ed and leadership program I work with. We’re going caving with a group of kids in a few weeks and want to introduce them to the utter darkness inside a cave. The activity we came up with combines darkness, expedition tasks, and teamwork. We call it…
Kim’s Scavenger Hunt
(based on Kim’s Game)
Assemble the materials necessary to complete an expedition-related task, such as building a fire, cooking dinner, doing bat research, or going caving. Do it with increasing levels of challenge.
- Cyalume light stick
- Bundle of kindling
- Matches or lighter
- Tennis, soccer, and other balls
- Hula hoops
- Rope of different lengths and diameters
- Rocks of different types and sizes
- Sticks of different sizes and shapes
- Cooking utensils
- Caving headlamp
- Caving helmet
- Utility pants
- Hiking boots
- Field guide book
- Blindfolds for every group member
- Notecards with task names pre-written on them (build a fire, cook dinner, do bat research, and go caving)
Indoors is perfect. Alternately, outdoors field will also work.
Round 1: Sighted
- Observe the room for 1-2 minutes with no agenda.
- Split the students into groups of 2-4, get silent.
- Your group receives your task card (build a fire, cook dinner, do bat research, or go caving). No talking!
- Assemble all necessary gear to do your task.
- Debrief on the process.
Round 2: Blind
- Separate back into your groups, get silent.
- Your group receives a new task card (build a fire, cook dinner, do bat research, or go caving). No talking!
- Everyone puts on a blindfold.
- Instructors distribute the materials around the room AFTER blindfolds go on.
- Go! Assemble all necessary gear to do your new task.
- Take off your blindfolds and rate your task completion. Look around, did you miss anything? Did you include unnecessary stuff?
- Debrief on the process — the goal of this debrief is to identify ways to improve the process.
Round 3: Blind, Again
Repeat Round 2 with another task, this time using task improvements they brainstormed.