Camp Journal: Camp’s Puzzle Room
For our Young Adult Retreat this winter, our leadership team wanted to try something new – a Puzzle Room! These fun puzzle-solving activities are very popular right now, and we decided to take on the challenge of building our own here at Camp Lebanon. Puzzle Rooms (like Escape Rooms) are elaborate group activities centered on working together as a team to solve puzzles and put together clues to “solve” the room. We hoped to create a fun experience for groups of old and new friends to get to know each other better, to develop communication and problem-solving skills, and just to have a ton of fun solving a mystery!
Throughout the YAR weekend, the room was open to groups of up to 6 people to tackle together. In another part of the building, YAR team members and those who had already completed the room could observe the groups still working on the room through a camera feed on a computer screen. This allowed the team members who were running the room to provide clues to the groups if they became stuck in any part of the room.
The room was designed by one of our YAR Leadership Members, Gunnar McConnell. The level of work and effort he put in to the design and building was incredible! He worked so hard to create a truly immersive experience for everyone who tried the room.
Camp was so excited to have this special activity at our Young Adult Retreat, and we can’t wait to use it for other groups and programmed events coming up in the near future!