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 tS18 joe tS18 sandy t
S18 spencer tS18 stephen tS18 sydney tS18 taj t
Heroes vs. Villains
"It's Getting the Best of Me"
Tribal Immunity S20 coach tS20 courtney tS20 danielle t
S20 jerri tS20 parvati tS20 randy tS20 rob t
S20 russell tS20 sandra tS20 tyson t
"Persona Non Grata"
Tribal Immunity S26 eddie tS26 julia tS26 matt t
S26 michael tS26 reynold tS26 sherri t
"Operation Thunder Dome"
Tribal Immunity S26 andrea tS26 brenda tS26 eddie t
S26 erik tS26 malcolm tS26 reynold tS26 sherri t



  • J.T. Thomas, Coach Wade, and Tyson Apostol have competed in this challenge twice, all winning it once.
  • 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.


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