This past month the Mobile Room Escape really racked up the miles by taking a trip to Springfield! Old Abe welcomed us with opened arms so we could put on an escape for Illinois SADD.
Illinois SADD is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive behavior among young people, particularly underage drinking, impaired and distracted driving, teen violence, teen depression and suicide. The organizers contacted us to come be a part of their summit in Springfield.
For an escape room that relies A LOT on safe driving, this was a special opportunity for us to put on a great team building escape that allowed leaders to show their stuff for a good cause.
So we escorted the teen group of nearly 10 teens into the trailer… and locked them in! Once in the trailer, the teens we no longer students, but sailors in the Navy! Engineer Melina transported them back to the 1940s where they needed to solve a mission in order to get out safely… and they only had an hour to do it.
These teens went to work right away. They followed the instructions of Engineer Melina and were able to escape in the knick of time! After the event we were able to talk to the organizers and students about their experiences.
“I just thought this sounded really interesting and it gave them a chance to go through something that made them have to work together, “ Robyn Block, Illinois SADD Coordinator stated.
“Life is just a giant puzzle and there are a lot of problem solving abilities that come with it,” Rick Birt, President National SADD, said, “so there is just a lot of messages that this escape room embodies in so many different ways.”
Mobile Room Escape has done many events, but one thing that really struck us about this one was the group of teens that came in together and left together… actually never met before. In the room they worked flawlessly as a team. Without team work, you really lower the odds of being successful in our escapes. Engineer Melina and I couldn’t believe they just met in this escape room and it really showed the teens ability to work with others and form bonds in order to solve problems.
“I honestly think that escape room helped us,” Elizabeth Eckerty, an Illinois SADD Member, says, “and after it was all done we were all high-fiving and saying we did it, and now I feel we are a lot closer and I am thankful for that.”
The drive back home was a long one but we made sure to drive safely, as always, in honor of Illinois SADD! We hope to see you guys again soon!
Keep Your Mind Open,