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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?

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..


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.

Tool sharpening
Scavenging the area for useful materials and utiizing them

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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