Amazing Race

Based on the TV Show

We selected drivers and a vehicle for each team of three.

Everyone started at the same location and were given the first clue. The first clue brought them to the local grocery store where they were handed a disposable camera (this was paid for in advance). With the camera the store handed them their next clue.

From this point on they had to take a picture of each event. This insures that everything is recorded so you have lasting memories.

Their next clue brought them to the local bowling alley where the first team to knock down 100 pins got their next clue.

This clue brought them to another location to do a quiz. Once done the quiz they were handed the next clue.

This brought them to the local curling club where they had to put a rock in the centre of the circle. Once that was done they got their next clue.

This brought them to a section of the woods where they were met by someone who handed them a match, a big tin can, some wood, water and soap. First team to boil the water and soap got their next clue.

and so on and so on.

The first team back to the starting location is the winner. We provided certificates for everyone involved, gave out prizes (gift certificates and chocolate) for the winners. Drivers were not official members of the team (they could not help) but they were given a little something as well.

This is the first year we did this and it was a huge hit. It will be an annual event.

We played a version on the Amazing Race (CBS) at our youth retreat last weekend. The kids (and leaders) had an awesome time.
We split the kids into groups of 3 (we only have a small youth group – this would work with bigger groups too). They each got their first clue leading them through the bush (we live in Australia) to their detour (a choice of two tasks).
1. Find 20 straws hidden in the bush (pretty hard – the straws were green)
2. Set up a tent (by the way this was at night time so this was hard too)
Once they did their task they got the next clue which lead them through a bunch of mud (some of the girls freaked out a little at this) to a roadblock (a task the team HAVE to do together).
They had to match up 10 Bible verses with their addresses. There were some obvious ones and some hard ones.
They then raced back to the cabins where we were waiting to greet the first team there. They got some neat prizes from the Christian bookshop.
We did this with only 2 leaders and 15 campers – it can be done!
It was an awesome activity and made sure the kids burned some energy before bed (not that they were any quieter at night-time!)