Many people in the UK will remember the jump-suited Anneka Rice and Annabel Croft in Channel 4’s popular 1980s Treasure Hunt TV series. The series used helicopters to follow the instructions of a studio team and get the peripatetic presenter to a series of clues in the UK or overseas. Now, a similar idea is being applied to the corporate treasure hunt used for team building.
A corporate treasure hunt day – with a helicopter
Though the TV series is long since off the air, the idea of a helicopter-borne team building treasure hunt is alive and well in England. From their base in Gloucestershire, one enterprising helicopter operator offers airborne treasure hunts for corporate team building. Based on a concept that is well-known to motorists, the idea of a treasure hunt from the air challenges clue-interpretation, team co-operation and navigation skills to the limit.
Improve team performance
With businesses on the look out for new ways to motivate and reward staff and customers, treasure hunt ideas don’t come much more exciting than when the search takes place in a helicopter. And for the employees who get to enjoy this amazing corporate team building day, their efforts in the skies over Gloucestershire can be a great way to increase performance in the office or out in the marketplace.
A new dimension to treasure hunt ideas
Because the helicopter allows greater distances to be covered, and because of the heights involved, clues can take on a whole new dimension. Forget looking for cryptic messages in road signs or on the side of buildings. Using the helicopter opens up the possibility of using landscape elements or man-made structures as clues. Chances are that if you organise a helicopter based treasure hunt it’ll be a first for everyone who takes part – and a memorable, enjoyable day for everyone involved.
Four people, a helicopter and a treasure hunt map…
Using a helicopter, a corporate treasure hunt involves teams of up to four people. First, a team leader is selected for each team, which is then given an Ordnance Survey map of the area and a set of clues. After a 10-minute familiarisation period, the team boards the helicopter (typically a Robinson R44 or a Bell JetRanger) and guides the pilot along their chosen route to the clues. At the end of the treasure hunt, each team is given a score and the highest-scoring team wins a prize. To make the day even more special, the event can be complemented by activities such as hover challenges – and delicious catering.
Making traditional corporate team building games look dull
When you use a helicopter, clay pigeon shooting, go-karting and other traditional corporate team building activities suddenly start to look very tame. If you have a business team that deserves a special day out, this could be exactly what you need to inspire and motivate them.