Beat the Box with Eildon Housing Association

Posted: May 25 2018

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The wonderful Tweed Horizons Centre in Melrose played host to our latest Beat the Box team building event, this time with around 100 delegates from Eildon Housing Group joining us to see if they had what it took to ‘Escape Their Conference’ and find success in Beating the Box.

As the delegates departed the main conference room for lunch, the entire suite was quickly transformed as our team set about preparing for the afternoon team building session. As the guests wandered back in through the doors, they were confronted by 10 locked silver cases laid out in front of them, and as the group were divided into their teams, a sense of intrigue and anticipation filtered through the entire room. 

Our opening brief brought to light what the rest of the afternoon had in store for the Eildon Housing team – they were tasked with using all their problem solving skills and deductive reasoning to try and break into the silver case that sat on their table, which was clearly heavily padlocked! Inside that, they would find 4 more cases they needed to crack, each more difficult that then last, until eventually they could attempt to input the final code into the locked case at the top of the room, and hopefully ‘Beat the Box’ within the time frame of just 90 minutes!

An opening mysterious video message challenged the teams to the game, and gave them the first clues they needed to break into Box 1, and from there they would be on their own. A quiet concentration in the room quickly turned into frenzied, panic as a couple of our teams broke the code on the first padlock in super-quick time, whilst others struggled a little more in the early stages. As the time wore on, more and more boxes were opened, providing further mysteries to be unravelled, and enable the teams to crack the ensuing code and open the next box. But as the minutes ticked by, it became evident (at least to some!) that all the information that teams needed to open their next box was not contained within their own case, but in various cases around the room. Indeed, as the final challenge drew near and the clock ticked to a final countdown, the teams realised that they must all cooperate together if the final code was to be found, and that they could only succeed as one large, collaborative team, or instead ensure complete failure while trying to struggle on as individuals.

With just seconds remaining the Eildon House Group joined forces to crack the padlock which contained the final keypad, and together deciphered their Code Phrase which was rapidly typed in with almost no time to spare. Players stood with baited breath as the Enter button was pressed, and looked to the screen which revealed they had indeed found the correct code, and had, together, successfully managed to Beat the Box! Huge cheers resounded around the room as they unfurled the flag which confirmed their victory, and would provide a valuable lesson in reminding all within the business that they are all part one team, and that together they could achieve anything they set their minds to.

A big shout out and thank you must go to Nile and Marnie for all their efforts in organising this fantastic afternoon of true team building for the Eildon Housing Group – it was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to work with the entire team, and we very much look forward to seeing you all again soon in the future.

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