Team Builders

Great Mattress Run, The


Supplies: A mattress and map for every team.

This is a fun EVENT where teams have to carry a mattress a mile or two across town WITHOUT getting caught by STAFF HUNTERS. Let me explain.

Arrange teams and drop each team off at separate designated points, each the exact same distance from the FINAL MEETING PLACE. Each group has one mattress. Their job is to be the first team to get from their designated point to the FINAL MEETING PLACE while the STAFF HUNTERS travel around in their vehicles “hunting” them.

The teams are only safe from the STAFF HUNTERS when the entire team is jumping up and down on the mattress. So the entire trek, they need to keep their eyes open for STAFF HUNTERS and immediately throw their mattress down and start jumping on it if they see them. Teams are only vulnerable to STAFF HUNTERS within one hundred yards- and the STAFF HUNTER is the judge of distance. If the STAFF HUNTERS catch the team within one hundred yards NOT jumping on their mattress, they can TRANQUELIZE the team by saying “gotcha!” Then the entire group MUST lie down on their mattress for 2 minutes.

The first team to the FINAL MEETING PLACE wins.

Icing on the cake: provide every STAFF HUNTER with a person in their passenger seat with a video camera. The footage makes a great video, edited and put to music the next week.

Original idea by John Tempest


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Steph Brook
    February 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mattress run was hugely successful, have run it twice now and is always one they want to do again!

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