Cracking the codes – the Dusk 'til Dawn key to survival

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

THE CHALLENGES and the 'code breaking' tests facing the 120 young people from Lancashire who are going to take part in this month's Dusk 'til Dawn adventure have just been published on [ Facebook].

Organised by Lancashire County Council's young people's service, Dusk 'til Dawn 3 will take place on the evening of August 21 through to the morning of the 22nd.

The popular challenge will be held at the Anderton Centre in Chorley, making full use of the eerie surroundings of Rivington Park.

During the adventure, the twelve teams of 10 young people between the ages of 12 and 19 will be confronted by an unusual and apocalyptic scenario.

The challenge for them will be to find imaginative ways to survive the decimation of the population and the destruction of cities. The ultimate goal will be to contact the outside world.

Brian Wood from the county council's young people's service designed the activities.

He said: "The idea is that the team members from the 12 districts taking part have to prove they have what it takes to become a 'citizen' of the 'The Sanctuary', an imaginary safe zone at The Anderton Centre, Chorley.

"This safe zone provides clean water, food, shelter and vaccines for those citizens lucky enough to be successful.

"The themed idea stems from many differing sources such as the Hunger games and the Game of Thrones.

"The codes are a mental challenge element which is complemented by the physical challenges at the site and on Rivington Park the 'Wildlands'. The teams are striving to show they are the elite and to earn a place in 'The Sanctuary'."

The codes are being published at daily intervals over 10 days on the young people's service Facebook page from now until August 13.

The young people competing in the Dust 'til Dawn event will check out the codes on Facebook and then try to crack them.

They will then send all the solutions to the event organisers via their young people's worker or personally through private messages.

Each team will then be awarded points if they unlock the secrets in the codes. The leader board will be announced before the Dusk till Dawn event gets underway.

"We've only got two weeks to go now before Dusk 'til Dawn, added Brian." The young people from the teams are already looking at the codes on our Facebook page.

"Some teams have managed to decrypt them so far but it is early days and, knowing the people taking part, I don't think it will be long before they all manage it.

"Last year, the young people completed the challenges and found the antidote that they hoped would save them and the rest of the world. However, this was not enough!

"I have no doubt that this year's teams will rise to the challenge – but I can't guarantee it will save them!"

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