If you’ve ever sat through a boring corporate meeting or failed team building event, you know how tedious they can be. There are many ways to spice up tired corporate activities and break the mold. One way is to get outside. From outdoor escape room services to kayaking down the river, the great outdoors offers fresh air solutions to stale board rooms and banquet halls.
Check out our list of the top five ideas for outdoor team building events:
1. Escape Room Races
A portable escape room is a great way to get the brain and body working. There’s nothing better than a little friendly competition! The best part: corporate escape room services are designed with more than fun and entertainment in mind—they are a great way to build relationships, break the ice, enhance connectedness and develop problem-solving skills. Mobile escape room services make use of outdoor spaces such as a park and encourage exploration, action and excitement. At Escape Room Races, we’ve created a thrilling outdoor team building event your entire team will enjoy and remember for years to come. For instance, our outdoor Chicago experience will have you racing to solve puzzles, using clues and the outdoor space around you. It takes a scavenger hunt to the next level!
2. Survival Challenge
This funky outdoor team building event will test your survival skills and ability to work together. Would your team make it out alive in the wild or are you destined to go all Lord of the Flies on one another? Put your brain and biceps to the test building rafts. Will you sink or float? Set up a space for a friendly (and sweaty) fire starting contest or try a survival list activity. Each individual picks their top 12 items from a long list of survival equipment, gear and tools. Then the team gets together to discuss their choices and come to a general consensus on the top 12. Choices, choices! Bonus: Check your top picks against a survival expert’s suggestions to see how yours stack up.
3. Cardboard Boat
It looks as hilarious as it sounds. During this activity, you split into small groups of 2-4 people and get to work at building a boat… out of cardboard. With just tape, cardboard and your imagination, it may surprise you at how your team works together or feel the burn from the lack of ingenuity. Put your boats to the test, sending one daring passenger aBOARD to paddle across the pool. Warning: you will get wet! First team across the pool wins. Get your bathing suits, oars and cameras ready. This outdoor team building event will be sure to get laughs from all.
4. Challenges, Challenges
Everyone loves a good race. While we’re partial to outdoor escape room services which marry the scavenger hunt and the Amazing Race into the ultimate experience, sometimes an old-fashioned race make a welcome addition to the itinerary. Keep the fun going after team building escape room services with a kayak or bike race or get physical with an obstacle or ropes course. Play a couple rounds of Ships in the Mist. This outdoor team building activity is easy to do and encourages participants to trust and rely on one another. In a wide open space, identify a team of partners while the rest of the participants scatter across the area, creating obstacles with their bodies. One team member will be blindfolded while the other shouts directions to help navigate them through the sea of bodies without an epic crash.
While it may not be the most painless activity on the list, paintball is a great way to sharpen leadership skills and learn to work together as a team. It’s a little messy but, if you don’t mind getting a little rough and dirty, you’re sure to have a good time. If it fits your team’s age, ability and interest, paintball is a great way to share a unique experience. Looking for something with a wider appeal? Scroll back up to #1 and read more about our awesome mobile escape room services for your next corporate event.