Page 5 of 5 from Adventure Capitalism
Christina Valhouli, Forbes.com
Total Rebound and its sister company, Total Adventure, appeal to the geek and
wanna-be spy in all of us. This 12-year-old company specializes in creating
immersion, role-playing adventures in locations such as San Francisco's Pac
Bell Park, The Presidio and the USS Hornet. For the High Seas Adventure, a
group is brought on board and taken to the bowels of the Hornet.
"It's all very ominous and Mission Impossible," says CEO John
Wilkinson. Staff members will do things like dress up as naval officers
and give team members "assignments" that will test their problem-solving
skills. In some instances, participants are given GPS receivers, sent
on a scavenger hunt and then build six-foot-long rockets that launch
off-deck. "All the Silicon Valley engineers eat that up," says
Wilkinson. "I mean, you get to blow stuff up!"
After the explosions, there is a de-briefing where teams discuss their
strategies and what worked the best. Total Rebound/Total Adventure will
plan immersion activities anywhere in the world for clients. Other popular
activities are sumo wrestling (they provide you with huge body pads)
and the Botero Counterfeit Challenge in Hawaii, where participants sculpt
replicas of plump earth goddesses. "It's not the most politically
correct activity so it's not right for everyone," says Wilkinson.
Just imagine the photos in the company newsletter. Prices vary depending
on location, but start at $100 per person.
6610 Goodyear Rd.
Benicia, Calif. 94510
Phone: (707) 748-0117 x102
Fax: (707) 748-0116