Team Building: Unique Options for Your Group

By Maura Keller | Photo courtesy of Tanque Verde Ranch

There is a reason why so many meetings and events seem to be cookie-cutter productions. There are people to please and placate, funds to be allocated, guest lists to be trimmed, and complex rules of etiquette to be followed. It is no wonder that so many people end up with the same event they have attended a dozen times before. For your next event, add unique team building in a distinctive atmosphere to help your event stand out from the rest.

Team-building options are catching the attention of organizations of all sizes. Many of today’s companies are interested in investing time, resources, and energy into building better teams with fun, interactive, creative events. As with any facet of the meeting and events industry, the popularity of certain types of team building activities ebbs and flows from year to year. Themed meetings also are likely to encourage attendance as prospective attendees look forward to what is to come.

CHALLENGE YOUR TEAM IN NEW WAYS

Planning your retreat for the greater Phoenix area? One Day Adventures boasts a wealth of team-building activities throughout Phoenix and Scottsdale. From private team building resorts like the Boulders, or a private ranch like Rancho De Lagos, many teams enjoy the bonding activities One Day Adventures offer. Some attendee favorites include paintball, the “Amazing Corporate Race,” a ropes course, an eco-adventure race, a leadership challenge, and zip line. The ropes/challenge course, for example, offers a team-building program that incorporates communication, trust, problem solving and fun.

If you’re looking for a high-energy event to encourage problem solving and communication on a whole new level, Venture Up in Phoenix is the company for you. Venture Up’s Strategic Games and Leadership Challenges is the preeminent team-building initiative that is intended to reinforce a company’s values and success strategies. Events and activities that are high energy and entice participants to engage with their peers, these challenges include problem-solving obstacles and engaging tasks that celebrate each team player’s unique abilities. Venture Up also offers dozens of other team-building options—from ropes courses to geocaching to charitable activities that engage teams in their various capacities.

Nearby, Team Builders Plus in Scottsdale offers team-building programs that range from fun team retreats to intensive executive team intervention. In addition, the program’s assessment services help individuals, teams and organizations to gain an understanding of their strengths and challenges.

The company offers a variety of leadership training programs and fun team building activities that complement corporate events and team meeting. For example, a treasure hunt in old town Scottsdale is a fun way for teams to work together to complete various tasks. Or perhaps learning about martial arts and the key elements of communication, stress and focus that are features in the Team Builders Plus’ team samurai program, sounds more interesting? Whatever your group’s interests are,Team Builders Plus can meet your needs.

Located in Tempe, Main Event Entertainment offers a series of corporate team building activities that promote and encourage strategic thinking, teamwork, communication, leadership, problem solving and cooperation among team members.

Attendees can enjoy laser tag activities, a gravity ropes course, and competitive bowling activities that will engage and delight team members. An assigned team-building facilitator will help orchestrate events and guide teams through the activities, provide encouragement and give strategic advice to maximize their experience.

RACE TO YOUR GOALS

Since 2001, Feet First has been providing Phoenix with unique and memorable team-building activities and scavenger hunts, utilizing various parts of the city for these programs. Feet First’s Amazing Race program is reminiscent of the popular television series of the same name. Attendees enjoy “racing” through different parts of the city completing required tasks. The program’s Survivor Games includes a series of physical challenges (for people of all fitness levels) that allow team members to test their mental and physical strengths. in addition, game shows, building activities, and Post-it note art projects are other options.

Looking for a unique way to re-energize your teams? Scottsdale-based Octane Raceway offers a fun, exciting venue for groups of 10 to 500 for team building exercises, corporate outings and VIP adventures. Whatever the size of the group, Octane Raceway can create an all-inclusive experience that can help attendees have fun while collaborating within departments or with members across a myriad of teams.

In addition to a fleet of 32 electric racing karts from Europe, Octane Raceway offers a 1/3-mile long indoor/outdoor track. When not racing around the track, attendees can enjoy the Pit Crew Challenge, an optimal team-building activity requiring participants to jump over the pit wall, jack up the car and change the tires on a real NASCAR. The team with the fastest time wins.

If your corporation is looking for fast, flexible, and trusted group activities, American Outback Adventures & Events in Tucson can create corporate group and team-building activities that not only stimulate participants’ mental prowess but also help establish stronger communication and interactive skills among attendees. From crime investigation activities to smart phone scavenger hunts to philanthropic activities, attendees can participate in group activities that appeal to their interests.

EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS

Located in scenic Scottsdale, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers a tremendous number of group activity options that will help attendees gather together to experience a myriad of group activities—from cycling and hiking adventures to target shooting and several different culinary experiences. one of the most popular group offerings for meeting and team building is the Fairmont’s Chili Cook-off with margaritas. teams devise their recipe (using special secret ingredients), choose a name for their concoction, create their chili, and then present their recipe and finished product to a panel of judges.

Group attendees can also participate in group health, fitness and spa activities that allow them to learn and experience healthy living. For those not interested in team-building options, Fairmont also features a wealth of recreation options including kayak river rafting, glider flights, desert rappelling and even a seaplane adventure.

Another great way to explore the outdoors is through Sedona’s Red Earth Adventures. In addition to various group activities, Red Earth Adventure’s Montezuma Castle tour allows group participants to explore the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the southwest, inhabited by the Sinagua Pueblo Indians.

While learning the history of the area, including the ancient native people’s lifestyle and custom, attendees can enjoy passing through Yavapai-Indian reservation. Red Earth Adventure offers many other types of tours and can even customize a tour to meet your group’s needs.

Set high in the Ponderosa Pines, the flagstaff Extreme adventure course is the ideal locale for team building. suspended between the trees at 15 to 60 feet off the ground, there are five adult courses and one junior course with obstacles ranging from Tarzan ropes to wobbly bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets, zip lines, and even an aerial surf board. specializing in group fun, the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is the perfect venue for a shared experience that your group will not soon forget.

Celebrate “all things old West” with an authentic dude ranch experience as your team bonds at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson. Tanque Verde Ranch offers a variety of team-building activities that will enhance your group’s cooperation, decision-making skills, and encourage teamwork. Some of the venue’s favorite team-building offerings include dudeos, team penning, and foot rodeos. In addition, special private group activities, exercises, and events can be orchestrated to meet the needs of attendees.