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Operation Balance Build
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Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring balance/dexterity challenge
Appearances: One World
Blood vs. Water
Millennials vs. Gen X

Operation Balance Build is a recurring challenge of Survivor. It debuted in One World, and has since reappeared in Blood vs. Water and Millennials vs. Gen X.


The castaways have to attach a small wooden bowl to a prong at the end of a long pole to maneuver it through a metal structure. The structure is mounted on a spring in order to increase the difficulty. Once they have the piece through the structure, they have to sit it at the top. First castaway to stack all their bowls on top each other, or have the most bowls stacked by the end of the time limit win.


In Survivor: One World, the challenge was used as the Final Immunity Challenge, where Kim beat Chelsea, Christina, and Sabrina to win immunity.

In Survivor: Blood vs. Water, the challenge was the first Redemption Island duel, between Candice, Marissa, and Rupert. Candice and Rupert were close to finishing the duel when Rupert's stack toppled over. Candice cruised to finishing first, while Rupert was unable to recover, allowing Marissa to continue on.

In Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, the challenge was once again used the Final Immunity Challenge. After thirty minutes had elapsed, both Hannah and Ken had ten bowls stacked. After a second showdown, Ken managed to get seven bowls to Hannah's six, giving him the final immunity and a seat at Final Tribal Council.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
One World
"Perception Is Not Always Reality"
Individual Immunity
(Final Immunity)
S24 kim t
Kim Spradlin
Blood vs. Water
"Rule in Chaos"
Duel S27 candice tS27 marissa t
Candice & Marissa
Millennials vs. Gen X
"I'm Going for a Million Bucks"
Individual Immunity
(Final Immunity)
S33 ken t
Ken McNickle



  • Even though three castaways have been in two seasons where this challenge occurred, none of them have ever competed in this challenge.


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