The fundraiser by the Franklin County Historical Society, Break Out of the 1880 Jail, is an escape room at the Old Jail in Chambersburg, PA. Teams are given instructions and rules, and the scene is set. The teams are then led handcuffed into the actual 1800s jail cells that are filled with furnishings. The door is locked and teams have an hour to unlock the door by uncovering clues. Games like these emphasize working together, communicating effectively, delegating tasks, and thinking creatively.
Baxter Group, Inc. is constantly developing and strengthening a positive culture of working together as a team. Bowling nights, riverside barbecues etc. Owner and CEO, Jocelyne Melton, really wanted to be a part of the escape as all proceeds benefit our local nonprofit historical society. Employees were excited to get locked up. BGI Radon Project Manager, Amanda Yeager, said “It was a great addition to our out of the office activities.”
They were split into teams. While one team was attempting to escape the jail, the other team ate pizza, and went on a tour of the jail that covered the history, taking them to the dungeon and gallows. Unfortunately, both BGI teams missed the cutoff time by mere minutes. One team missed it by only 3 minutes! Baxter Group Indoor Environmental Consultant, Jason Young, said “I got to see the other sides of my coworkers.” Darlene Wenger, the Baxter Group Office Assistant, said she would have never been able to do it herself, and BGI Office Manager, Miriam Vason, stated “It was a great team enhancing experience. I wouldn’t say building because we have a really good team already.”
They highly recommend going to the escape room. It’s perfect for team building, team enhancing, and just plain fun.