For New Geisel Students, an Online Campus Scavenger Hunt

Last week, first-year Geisel students participated in a virtual team-building program. Organized by Gunnar Johnson, a coordinator for the Outdoor Programs Office (OPO), the game combined aspects of an orienteering course, Scrabble, a campus tour, and a scavenger hunt. 

Students tuned in via Zoom and became members of teams, each with an on-campus facilitator. After learning basic map and compass skills, the students worked together to navigate and lead their facilitator to targets placed around campus. Once at the targets, the facilitators gave their group a challenge. The challenges included trivia questions, riddles, math equations or a game. If the team members passed, the team received a letter for its Scrabble board. The goal was to collect as many letters as possible and build the most words with the largest word scores, all while getting to know fellow classmates and the campus. Read the full story.

 

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Outdoor Programs Office staff members Gunnar Johnson, left, and Michael Vecchiarelli collect materials for a virtual scrabble orienteering challenge around the Dartmouth campus with first year Geisel students.
Outdoor Programs Office staff members Gunnar Johnson, left, and Michael Vecchiarelli collect materials for a virtual Scrabble orienteering challenge around the Dartmouth campus with first-year Geisel students.   (Photo by Robert Gill)
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Gunnar Johnson briefs the facilitators on the team-building exercise.
Gunnar Johnson briefs the facilitators on the team-building exercise. (Photo by Robert Gill)
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Facilitators review the plan for the activity. Teams work remotely via Zoom to guide their facilitators to targets set up around campus. The colors correspond to questions that the teams must answer to earn points.
Facilitators review the plan for the activity. Teams work remotely via Zoom to guide their facilitators to targets set up around campus. The colors correspond to questions that the teams must answer to earn points. (Photo by Robert Gill)
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Collis Center staff member Angelica Hernandez communicates with a group of first-year Geisel students via Zoom as they guide her to targets around campus.
Collis Center staff member Angelica Hernandez communicates with a group of first-year Geisel students via Zoom as they guide her to targets around campus. (Photo by Robert Gill)
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Student Life Staff member Joseph Castelot looks at a campus map as he helps facilitate the orienteering exercise.
Student Life Staff member Joseph Castelot looks at a campus map as he helps facilitate the orienteering exercise. (Photo by Robert Gill)
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After arriving at one of the targets, Hernandez reads her team a trivia question. If they get the question right they earn a letter to use for their scrabble points.
After arriving at one of the targets, Hernandez reads her team a trivia question. If they get the question right they earn a letter to use for their Scrabble points.

  (Photo by Robert Gill)
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Hernandez's team guides her across the street to the next target.
 Hernandez’s team guides her across the street to the next target.  (Photo by Robert Gill)
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Kneeling at a target, marked by an orange and white flag, Hernandez reads her team their next trivia question for the chance to earn scrabble point.
Kneeling at a target, marked by an orange and white flag, Hernandez reads her team their next trivia question for the chance to earn Scrabble point. 

  (Photo by Robert Gill)
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OPO staff member Rory Gawler approaches Dartmouth Hall as his team of students remotely guide him to a target.
OPO staff member Rory Gawler approaches Dartmouth Hall as his team of students remotely guide him to a target. (Photo by Robert Gill)
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A group of Geisel students on Zoom work together to guide their facilitator around campus.
A group of Geisel students on Zoom work together to guide their facilitator around campus.