DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C. -- The Daufuskie Island Resort here launched
an Executive Survivor Challenge plan aimed at groups of 25 or more.
The idea derived from the popular television show
"Like the rest of the world, we were captivated by the whole
'survivor' concept, and the more we watched, the more we saw it as
the ultimate team-building experience," said Jack Bickart, vice
president of sales for the 186-room Daufuskie Island Resort.
The commissionable Executive Survivor Challenge is available
from one to three days.
It begins with an evening orientation at which teams are signed
in, outfitted with a survivor equipment pack (which consists of a
T-shirt, a hat and a knapsack with assorted materials) and given
the rules of the competition.
The next day, teams are pitted against each other in various
challenges, such as boat-making, a treasure hunt or a
Points are accumulated and all but two teams are eliminated. The
losing teams pick the winner.
The event concludes with a cocktail reception and a beachside
oyster roast and lobster boil.
Touches borrowed from the TV show include bonfires, tribal
councils and torch snuffings (as teams are defeated).
"Our unique island setting gives us a great start to re-create
the feel of the show, and our activities staff has created an
outstanding series of events," Bickart said.
The competition is overseen by the Daufuskie Island Resort
recreation staff, and it can be customized for individual
The Daufuskie staff is being careful to remain flexible so it
will be able to add to the program based on what a group wants,
said Martha Heagany, the property's vice president of
The Survivor Executive Challenge is priced per event. The
minimum is $90 per person for three events.
Additional events can be added for $30 per person, per
The fee includes staff for the event and the survivor equipment
Accommodations, food and beverages are at an additional group
For more information or reservations, call the group sales
department at (800) 960-9089 or visit the resort's Web site at www.daufuskieresort.com.