Team building provides participants with a series of experiences to help build their self-esteem, communication skills and leadership ability. Participants are introduced to experiences where they need to work effectively with each other and trust their other team members. Participants learn to communicate clearly, resolve conflict, and work with others to complete a challenging task, creating a sense of shared identity and enthusiasm towards your school or organization.
Team building activities can range from name games to problem solving challenges, such as getting the entire group over a 20 ft. section of grass by stepping only on a limited number of place mats. These activities can take place at your space, our facility or nearby park.
Sample Learning Outcomes
- I can communicate effectively by offering my own ideas and listening to the ideas of others
- I can be a good team member by participating to the best of my ability
- I can be a good leader by offering my own ideas and listening respectfully to the ideas of others
- I can reflect on my experiences and think critically about how they apply to my life at school, work, or home
- I can develop my communication skills by observing other styles of communication as well as my own
- I can share the responsibilities of leadership with my peers by taking the lead in certain initiatives and following during others
SAMPLE TEAM BUILDING AGENDA
Build problem-solving and communication skills, encourage innovative thinking, introduce shared leadership, and hone team planning skills and time management. Team Challenge events can be customized to specific program goals.
Participants will be divided into teams of 12 amd given a resource guide with some basic supplies. Teams have to strategize on how to acquire the greatest number of points for completing a series of team challenges. This action-oriented team challenge could be a timed event, but it’s not a race.
9am: Arrival and Introductions, Icebreakers, Team based initiatives
10am: Team Challenge #1: Group Juggle (Teams must work together to keep numerous objects in the air)
10:30am: Team Challenge #2: Trust initiatives (spotting stance, trust leans, trust circle)
11am: Team Challenge #3: Problem Solving Initiative (examples below):
Matrix: Only one safe path exists on the entire grid. Memory and strategy are required for each team to find their way through the matrix.
Bob’s Sled: Teams try to move marbles from the starting line to the finish bucket without stopping or dropping the ball. A coordinated team effort is required to manage the assortment of pipeline components.
12pm: Lunch Break
1pm: Hands On Workshop on Communication, Leadership, or Conflict Resolution
3:30pm: Large Group Challenge (example below)
The Great NYC Outward Bound Egg Launch
Teams will be evaluated on all three tasks described below:
Task 1. Using the materials provided (assortment of boards with pre-drilled holes, nuts, bolts and washers, threaded metal rods, bungee cords and a colander), construct a delivery system out of the materials provided that will propel the egg into the target area 25 feet away.
Task 2. Construct a protective capsule around the egg so it will not be damaged during flight or upon landing.
Task 3. Present a marketing pitch describing your transport system, capsule team, etc., that involves the whole team, 1-2 minutes in length. Creativity and humor are encouraged.
4:45pm: Team Debrief
5pm: Closing Circle and Departure
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Pricing is negotiable based on school/organizational resources and program definition.
$126 per Participant (Minimum 30 students)
The cost includes course design, lunch course director, instructional staff, program facilitation and activity equipment.