Mormon Breakout or Escape Room…a great Mutual Activity!
Breakout Rooms (or Escape Rooms) are an increasingly popular entertainment springing up all around the country. They are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. Some games include sub-plots. The games are based on “escape the room” video games in which the player is locked inside a room and must explore their surroundings in order to escape. Players must be observant and use their critical thinking skills to escape the room. Other inspirations include adventure board games and movies.
Soooooo for a fun combined Mutual activity we decided to create a “Mormon theme” breakout room. Using clues from scripture, church history, Mormon culture and even the Young Women’s values and personal progress book we made up clues, set up locks and created a “missionary apartment” from which they had to breakout!
The young men and young women were divided into 3 groups (we set up three identical breakout rooms). They were told the rules of the game and lead into their respective room and “locked” into the room with all the clues needed to open the lock on the door. They were given one hour to “breakout”. We even had an iPad in each room linked to a computer in the “control room” in the event if the group got totally stuck or got totally off base. Then, if needed a clue would appear on their iPad screen (we have had to give “clues” to keep each group on track). In the control room we could watch and listen to each group, but they could not see or hear us in the control room. With varying degrees of help all groups finally were able to breakout. After breaking out, using one last key found in the “missionaries apartment” they could open the lock on the chest holding their refreshments. Everyone enjoyed the activity!
And then due to popular demand, (on a p-day) we set the rooms up again and had the missionaries in our district try to “breakout” of the missionary apartment. Again the activity was enjoyed with gusto.
Our plans are to share the Mutual activity with other wards and allow our youth to be involved on the “proctoring” end of the activity.
THE BREAKOUT ROOM:
The CLUES and LOCKS
Email from parents tells them to “Pray, kneel and look up”.
Tucked into the light fixture on the ceiling is an envelop:
“JARED” unlocks the suitcase
The order of the Presidents of the Church as represented on the wall (and if you don’t remember the order of the Presidents from memory it could be figured out using a bookmark in the Book of Mormon.)
The 24 hour kit could then be opened with more clues and challenges…
For the MASTER PLAN