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A Crate Idea (also known as Crate Outdoors) is a recurring physical/puzzle challenge that originated in Survivor: Tocantins and was later used in future seasons.


Two castaways from each tribe race out to a giant tribe-colored crate. Once they reach the crate, they must roll it back to their tribe's mat. Upon reaching the tribe mat, the next pair run out to get the next crate. Once all 6 crates have been collected, the contestants would stack the crates, solving a puzzle on the side of the crates (spelling out a key word or phrase). Once all the crates have been stacked correctly, the castaways would climb up the crates to a platform. The first tribe to get all tribe members on the platform wins.


In the challenge's debut in Tocantins, Timbira was able to collect their crates first. However, Jalapao overtook them in the puzzle portion and won immunity, sending Timbira to their second consecutive Tribal Council.

The challenge later reappeared in Heroes vs. Villains. Although the Heroes collected all their crates first, a communications breakdown between several of their members allowed the much more organized Villains, under Rob Mariano's leadership to finish their puzzle first and win immunity.

In Caramoan, the challenge was supposed to be an Immunity Challenge in "Persona Non Grata", but Bikal decided to forfeit the challenge and go to Tribal Council, giving Gota immunity. It was used later in the following episode, with the physically stronger new Gota tribe winning immunity over the less physically adept new Bikal.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This"
Tribal Immunity S18 jt t.pngS18 joe t.pngS18 sandy t.png
S18 spencer t.pngS18 stephen t.pngS18 sydney t.pngS18 taj t.png
Heroes vs. Villains
"It's Getting the Best of Me"
Tribal Immunity S20 coach t.pngS20 courtney t.pngS20 danielle t.png
S20 jerri t.pngS20 parvati t.pngS20 randy t.pngS20 rob t.png
S20 russell t.pngS20 sandra t.pngS20 tyson t.png
"Persona Non Grata"
Tribal Immunity S26 eddie t.pngS26 julia t.pngS26 matt t.png
S26 michael t.pngS26 reynold t.pngS26 sherri t.png
"Operation Thunder Dome"
Tribal Immunity S26 andrea t.pngS26 brenda t.pngS26 eddie t.png
S26 erik t.pngS26 malcolm t.pngS26 reynold t.pngS26 sherri t.png



  • J.T. Thomas, Coach Wade, and Tyson Apostol have competed in this challenge twice, all winning it once.
  • Every time this challenge appeared, it was used for tribal immunity.
  • This challenge is the first challenge in Survivor history to be forfeited by a tribe before it began. Bikal forfeited this challenge in Caramoan, giving Gota immunity.
  • When the challenge was subsequently reused, the switched Gota tribe won again. This makes Gota the first tribe to "win" the same challenge twice, and Eddie Fox, Reynold Toepfer, and Sherri Biethman the first contestants to "win" the same challenge twice in one season.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kenny Log-Ins · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Star Man · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me