Over the weekend of August 14th, Reality Rush packed its bags and traveled cross-country to Olney, Maryland to run an URBAN HUNT event for over 120 teachers and faculty members at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. When Staff Development Administrator, Gail Donahue, was looking for a unique way to kick off the school year, URBAN HUNT offered the perfect opportunity to unite her staff through teamwork and competition.

On Monday afternoon, August 16th, the staff of OLGCHS divided into 32 teams consisting of 3-4 members per team. Each team was created based on mixing up ages, gender, and school departments to allow the staff to interact with faculty members they may not have worked with in the past. At the start of the hunt, each team was given an envelope with 19 clues worth a total of 50 points. Each clue had a different point value and if successfully completed, would earn the team points. The team that finished with the highest point total and in the fastest time would win a $200 cash prize and be crowned winner of URBAN HUNT.

Over three hours, teams worked together and drove themselves around the surrounding Olney area solving clues, completing challenges, and learning about its historic past. Teams sang karaoke to classic songs such “Sweet Caroline,” and “I Got You Babe”. They went paddle boating and golfing in Rock Creek Recreational Park and blueberry picking in Ashton. They discovered and explored history by taking pictures at sites including a slave log cabin at a stop on the Underground Railroad in Woodlawn Manor and a 1912 Ford Model T Roadster at the Sandy Spring Museum.

In the end Team 1045 led by Captain Skylar was the first team to cross the Finish Line with a perfect score of 50 pts taking home the top prize and more importantly earning bragging rights for the entire school year! Closely behind in 2nd place also with a perfect score of 50 pts was Team 1036 led by Captain Lauren. All teams did such a great job and couldn’t believe how much fun it was to feel like a kid again, to compete with and against one another, and to become closer to staff members in the process.

We can’t thank OLGCHS enough for such an amazing experience and wish them the best of luck in their upcoming school year!

GAME RESULTS:

1st placeTeam 1045 Captain: Skylar – 50pts
2nd placeTeam 1036 Captain: Lauren – 50pts
3rd placeTeam 1031 Captain: Marianne – 50pts
Team 1029 Captain: Pat G. – 49pts
Team 1026 Captain: Debbie McK. – 48pts
Team 1027 Captain: Megan – 48pts
Team 1032 Captain: Nikki – 48pts
Team 1033 Captain: Sean – 48pts
Team 1025 Captain: Jon – 47pts
Team 1040 Captain: Mike H. – 47pts
Team 1047 Captain: Brett – 47pts
Team 1052 Captain: Franny – 47pts
Team 1037 Captain: Amy P. – 46pts
Team 1055 Captain: Patti – 45pts
Team 1030 Captain: Will – 44pts
Team 1044 Captain: Kenny – 44pts
Team 1048 Captain: Jorge – 44pts
Team 1050 Captain: Luis – 44pts
Team 1034 Captain: Rick – 43pts
Team 1038 Captain: Ben Christian – 43pts
Team 1039 Captain: Blair – 43pts
Team 1028 Captain: Nicole – 42pts
Team 1049 Captain: Sylvia – 42pts
Team 1056 Captain: Bob S. – 42pts
Team 1046 Captain: Theresa – 41pts
Team 1041 Captain: Todd – 40pts
Team 1042 Captain: Rich S. – 36pts
Team 1043 Captain: Cathie – 36pts
Team 1053 Captain: Steve 35pts
Team 1054 Captain: Chuck E. – 35pts
Team 1035 Captain: Pat R. – 34pts
Team 1051 Captain: John S. – 34pts