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Hunt for Treasure


ACT’s Treasure Hunt Extraordinaire!

Leading Your Team in the Right Direction

Group Size: 20 to over a 1000
Where: Anywhere in the world Indoor and Outdoor

Action Centered Training is now offering an exciting new activity, the Treasure Hunt for teambuilding conferences that fosters group effectiveness in a unique way. Based on the Scandinavian and new Olympic sport of Orienteering where individuals use a detailed map to find flags on the forest, the Treasure Hunt uses a custom-made map of the Conference Center, Corporate Headquarters, Private Resort, School or University (either indoors and outdoors) that leads teams to trivia questions, riddles and group adventures.

The object is to find the key to the treasure-filled chest. The group soon realizes that the only way to accomplish this goal is to work together. The key, which is hidden somewhere on the property, can only be found by locating clues that are circled on their maps (a tree, a column, a statue, etc.) When assembled, these clues will reveal a final riddle. The large group is divided into heterogeneous sub-groups each of whom has its own set of clues to find. Clues can be "trivial pursuit" and "Jeopardy" style questions. We can also add some questions about the company. Some clues can only be acquired when the group completes a "challenge" – a fun test of the team’s mettle. In turn, each sub-group’s immediate goal is assembling their part of the riddle. All sub-groups must work together in the final stage to find the key. The excitement builds as the entire group seeks out the key. And since all contributed to the search, all get a share of the treasure, which can be a token or memento of the seminar, possibly a T-shirt emblazoned with the current slogan of the team.

The activity can be made more physical or more cerebral depending on your needs. Typically, Treasure Hunts last several hours. However, some firms prefer a full day that centers around traditional orienteering in a local forest. While the activity is best suited out of doors, we can have alternate rain sites within your hotel or conference center.

Mission Possible

Our very popular " Mission: Possible" Hunt is an exciting alternate theme. The team must defuse a "device" that was armed by a rival company. Complete with spies, dark glasses, code words, and a nail-biting countdown, our Mission, should you choose to accept it, will produce lasting results. So if your team needs a fresh approach during its next seminar or retreat, try the problem-solving and group-interactive Treasure Hunt.

Special Ops

Your teams use maps, GPS, paintball, and good ol' savvy in this covert simulation. Teams have to earn "microfilm" and decode clues at various stations around the conference center. Camouflage and face paint is optional!

What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is a sport in which participants use an accurate, detailed map and a compass to find points in the landscape. It can be enjoyed as a walk in the woods or as a competitive sport.

A standard orienteering course consists of a start, a series of control sites that are marked by circles, connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited, and a finish. The control site circles are centered around the feature that is to be found; this feature is also defined by control descriptions (sometimes called clues). On the ground, a control flag marks the location that the orienteer must visit.

To verify a visit, the orienteer uses a punch hanging next to the flag to mark his or her control card. Different punches make different patterns of holes in the paper.

The route between "controls" (refers to the flag or the site) is not specified, and is entirely up to the orienteer; this element of route choice and the ability to navigate through the forest are the essence of orienteering.

Most orienteering events use staggered starts to ensure that each orienteer has a chance to do his or her own navigating, but there are several other popular formats, including relays and events in which the orienteer must find as many controls as possible within a specified time.


Schools and Universities

A Fun, Hands-On Learning Experience

We're all familiar with the five senses. Now, help your students exercise their sixth sense - the ability to understand their place in relation to their surroundings. Included in the Swedish curriculum since 1948 (and many other countries have followed suit), the newly recognized Olympic sport of Orienteering makes map-reading a game for your class.

We offer introductory and multi-day programs for all ages that begin right in the classroom, move to the schoolyard and could culminate in a field trip to a local forest.

All programs include:

  • Accurate maps of classrooms, buildings, schoolyard and campus
  • Pre and Post activities for Teachers
  • Multimedia presentations
  • All supplies including compasses, markers, handouts and maps

The school campus becomes our classroom as students navigate around it integrating the following aspects of the curriculum:

  • Geography
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Life Science
  • Physical Education
  • Language Arts

Orienteering is a physical, mental and emotional activity in which students find their way though a series of checkpoints with only the aid of a map, a compass and their wits. Pairs are used in the younger grades but the true benefits come from individual involvement.

The entire process fosters:

  • Self-confidence
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision Making
  • Co-operative learning
  • Team Building
  • Love of the Outdoors

We also provide:

  • Teacher Training Workshops
  • School Field Day Treasure Hunts
  • Full Color, high quality topographical maps of your campus
  • After School Programs