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What 3 Words Challenge

What 3 Words Challenge

What You’ll Need:

  • Mobile Phone
  • What 3 Words App
  • Maps

Getting into the Activity

Take on a navigation challenge using the mobile app ‘What3Words’. Compete in teams to see who can get around the course in the quickest time.

What3Words is an app which can be downloaded onto mobile phones. It breaks up the world into 3 metre square, giving each square it’s own unique set of three words. What3words can therefore be a great app to have on your phone to help provide people (particularly emergency services) an exact location of where you are – very useful if you are in an unfamiliar or remote place. By completing this challenge, young people should be encouraged to download the app (free) and keep it on their phones in case of emergencies in the future.

The What3Words challenge can be taken on in lots of different ways. Here are a couple of versions to help inspire your challenge.

10 Locations: A leader should find 10 locations in their local area, all that are within walking distance. Use the What3Words app to find the locations 3 word phase for each place. Give these 10 What3Words locations to the groups. Their challenge is to use the app to find each location, map them out and decide on the quickest route to visit all 10 places. Groups must get a photo at each location to prove they visited. The quickest team to get around wins.

Treasure Hunt: Split into groups and stagger their departure by 5 minutes per group. Only give the group the first 3 words location and a question to answer when they get there (i.e. what does the sign say at this location or what is the house name etc?). Once a group have made it to the location and found the answer they should text it to a central phone. If correct, the group can then be texted back with the next location and question / challenge to complete. Each group should be timed with the quickest group to complete the treasure hunt the winners.

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • The route should ideally avoid any major roads. Whilst the activity is a race, care should always be taken when moving about, particularly when crossing roads.
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