Creative Ways To Assemble Teams For A
Pirate Treasure Hunt
Planning a pirate
themed treasure hunt for larger groups can sometimes necessitate the forming
of small groups or teams that must work together to complete the hunt.
With some crowds it's best to allow the participants to choose their own
teams. For party guests that aren't well acquainted with each other, it
can be best to employ other methods for assembling the groups or teams.
Here are five creative ways to randomly form teams, each keeping within
the pirate theme.
Create pirate ship crews. Random drawings can sometimes be the quickest
solution. Make it fun by writing down multiple names of pirate ships on
small pieces of paper. Make sure there isn't more than one piece of paper
in the 'hat' than there are participants. If you'd like four participants
to a team, then write down four copies of each pirate ship. Possible ship
names might include "S.S. Treasure Seeker" or "The Grim
Reaper". When it's time to assemble the teams, have each person draw
a piece of paper from the hat. They are then responsible for finding their
other fellow 'crew mates'. Once their crew is assembled, they are ready
to head out on the treasure hunt! If you are asking each team to choose
a leader for the group, make sure to refer to them as the ship captains.
A variation on the above is to write down other types of random pirate
phrases on different pieces of paper. Once everyone has drawn a piece
of paper, all of the "Argh's" will form a team, all of the "Shiver
me timbers" will form another team, etc. Now, the fun part is that
the ONLY way that the participants are allowed to find their fellow team
members will be to say their pirate phrase out loud for everyone to hear!
With everyone saying their pirate phrases at once, it can be hilarious
For smaller groups you might consider pairing the participants. To quickly
match up random couples, take several different pirate words (the longer
the word the better) and write half of the word on one piece of paper
and the other half of the word on another. Each participant will then
pull out one piece of paper. Once all of the papers have been drawn, each
participant will then mingle about the room looking for their 'other half'
to complete the pirate word. When coming up with the words, try to use
combinations of letters that would minimize multiple combination possibilities.
For example "Treasu" and "re Map" is better than "Treasure"
and "Map" because the latter words could go nicely with other
complete words you might have. Once all of the pairs have been assembled,
the couples are ready to begin the treasure hunt.
This one works well if you have the exact number of participants on each
team. Take the number of participants on a team and choose that number
of crewman responsibilities on a ship. For example, if you'd like teams
of four then you might choose Captain, Quartermaster, Cook and Crow's
Nest Watch. On small pieces of paper, write down a set of each of the
four, in this example, one for each team that must be formed. The idea
is that each participant will draw one piece of paper out of the hat.
Once they have, everyone is to mill about forming their own teams, making
sure that they have one of every crewman on their team. By telling them
that they can begin the treasure hunt as soon as they have a complete
crew will motivate them to choose quickly.
Assign a ship's captain for each team and take them into a separate room.
With everyone else left together, have them remove one of their shoes
to put in a large box. Once one of everyone's shoes have been collected,
bring the box of shoes into the room with all of the captains. Each ship's
captain will take turns choosing their crew mates based solely on the
shoe that they find in the box. Once each captain has made his/her selection
of shoes, they are to carry the shoes out to where everyone is waiting.
Teams are then formed based on who owns each shoe! For best results, do
not inform any of the participants about how the teams will be assembled
until the captains have left the room entirely (less the captains begin
checking out everyone's shoes in advance.)
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