Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Would You Survive?

Last night we had another Buddy Trainer PAT Team meeting at work. The first 15-20 minutes of the meeting is always spent doing some kind of group building activity. This time was almost fun. We split up into groups of 5-7 people and played a game called "Survival." It's a situation game used in military training classrooms and was developed by a guy named Mark Wanvig, a former U.S. Army instructor. I thought I would post the game and see how you would do in this situation. I'm hoping this will generate some comments since the last couple posts, I haven't gotten that many. Are you guys bored with I post? Maybe this will spice it up a bit!

"You and your companions have just survived the crash of a small plane. Both the pilot and the co-pilot were killed in the crash. It is mid-January and you are in Northwestern Canada. The daily temperature is 25 below zero and the night time temperature is 40 below zero. There is snow on the ground and the countryside is wooded with several creeks criss-crossing the area. The nearest town is 20 miles away. You are all dressed in city clothes appropriate for a business meeting. Your group of survivors manages to salvage the following items:

- A ball of steel wool

- A small ax

- A loaded .45-caliber pistol

- Can of Crisco shortening

- Newspapers (one per person)

- Cigarette lighter (without fluid)

- Extra shirt & pants for each survivor

- 20 x 20 piece of heavy-duty canvas

- A sectional air map made of plastic

- One quart of 100-proof whiskey

- A compass

- Family-sized chocolate bars (one per person)"

Now, what we had to do was list the 12 items above in order of importance. Our first priority was to get warm then to summon help. It was made clear to us that we shouldn't attempt to walk the 20 miles to the town in the current weather conditions and to make due with what we had. We also knew that in time a search party would be sent out to look for us. Our group was comprised of 5 women, the other two groups were all men and we won the game. According to the "answer key" we listed our items correctly to survive. Now let's see how you do! Good luck!

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