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michaelnz:
I am organizing a family boys weekend in New Zealand in January. Will be nice weather as Southern Hemisphere summer.

Age range 10 - 70

I am looking for a range of challenges for us to complete as a team.

1. Locate a buried cache of food using map and compass.
2. Build fire
3. Pitch tent
4. Axe throwing (maybe)
5. Make dinner

Any other thoughts?

Cedar:
Is it Kiwiland or Australia (or both) which pretty much wants to eat or kill you in the bush at times? The spider the size of a house which will stalk you for days etc?

What about learning dangerous plants, bugs, spiders, etc?
What about edible/useful plants? And bring in 3-5 for the whole group to study?

Challenge for teams of two or more -- find firewood, build a fire (providing it is not fire season), boil water, make tea, and make some bannock fried in a pan over the pan (have the right amount mixed up in baggies/just add water) for team building/challenge/race?

Fried Bannock
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups water

Measure flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir to mix. Pour melted butter and water over flour mixture. Stir with fork to make a ball. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface, and knead gently about 10 times. Pat into a flat circle 3/4 to 1 inch thick.
Cook in a greased frying pan over medium heat, allowing about 15 minutes for each side. Use two lifters for easy turning.

Give points for who gets a fire going first, who brings the water to boil first and judge the best bannock. There likely will be good bannock and really not so good bannock..

Cedar

Carl:
Improvised water filtration or how to dig a simple well or even just how to sterilize water in sunlight,
Glass or plastic (clear) does an acceptable job in the sun.

And I agree with CEDAR , fire is easy ,food preparation takes some skill.

Knecht:
Archery
Tool sharpening
Scavenging the area for useful materials and utiizing them

squidd:
Fire building using different methods/materials
Knot tying/ lashing
Hang a tarp in various configurations (A-frame, Lean-to, Plow Point)
Plant Identification
Demonstrate different methods for purifying water (filter, boil, steripen, drops, tablets, bleach)
Demonstrate international distress signals

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