By Aunt_HeatherPiper on August 09, 2013
Adventure is worthwhile in itself. ~Amelia Earhart
I've always loved adventure, always! I can turn a simple trip to the local grocery store into an adventure. And I'd be happy to write about it and tell the story over and over again, refining it and intensifying it with each pass. That's probably why I enjoy traveling so much! It's the adventure I love, the journey, the sometimes unexpected and unknown, new discoveries, the eye opening moments and the opportunity to learn first hand. I love it all. So I guess it's no surprise that my sister and I embarked on a little adventure of our own, The Piper Corporation.
Mentioning it a time or two, we started The Piper Corporation, which currently has two divisions, Thrill of the Hunt (www.ThrillScavengerHunt.com) a company that develops and administers themed scavenger hunt events for the public and packages for private birthday parties, fundraisers and business functions; and SpyRing (www.SpyRing.com) the world of spies and espionage brought to life through a simple to play educational card game for children, that reinforces scholastic school subjects including reading and reading comprehension. Yes, that's a lot to do and a lot to take in! Hence, why I am focusing my efforts towards Thrill of the Hunt. It requires less resources, we have the potential to see immediate results, it's easier to get in the hands of the public and we have the opportunity to indirectly help small businesses and local communities.
Recently, last Friday, I was at Steelerfest 2013 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. I had a booth to promote Thrill of the Hunt. As part of reaching out to the Steeler fans, I created a game for the kids to play as they stopped by my tent. After all, it's not always about making money, sometimes it's just as important to support the community, even if it was from a magnetic fishing game standpoint.
Creating this game just for something simple and cheap for the kids to do, I personally thought it was kind of stupid and I thought no child would want to participate. How wrong I was! Purchasing small random items at the dollar store and gluing magnets to them, I placed the items in a small plastic kid pool for the kids to fish. We used Kyle's old plastic fishing pools that I "sooped" up with larger magnets. Hence where I got the idea. These poles were made new again when I saw them sitting with dad's actual fishing polls in his office. Brilliant! To make it Thrill of the Hunt challenging, I made up riddles for each item. Jenny Singer, my Thrill of the Hunt Team Member, who graciously helped me out all day (including setting up the tent and our table of stuff and tearing down) read the riddles to the kids and they had to first figure out the answer and then they had to fish for the item. What did they win? A Thrill of the Hunt stamp on their hand. It was a hit! Not only were the little kids lining up to join the fun, but the young-ins around Kyle's age wanted to play too! I was flabbergasted and excited!
On a side note, Jenny was such a tremendous help! Sincerely, with her hard work and suggestions, the day went off without a hitch. She is a hard worker! Never once did I hear her complain, speak negatively about anything, heck she didn't even take a lunch break. She was in it with me for the long haul. Such a great little girl. Jenny is already a success in life and over time she it's only going to intensify. I know it!
On another side note, I missed my Kyle terribly. He is always at my side helping me with functions such as this one. Kyle is, and will always be my inspiration. He is also a busy little man with a lot going on, maybe next year! Although we do have the Banana Split Fest coming up in Latrobe! I'm sure I can count on his assistance.
Thinking about it, maybe entrepreneurship is in my blood. After all ...
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