Team Building Adventures: Where Reality TV and the Corporate Boardroom Meet the Great Outdoors

In today’s complex, team-based, and increasingly competitive corporate world, managing colleague relationships and rewarding employees are essential. In addition to recognizing performance, experiential learning programs are proven to support employee retention, enhance productivity and to build morale and profits. Some companies are offering businesses a chance to embrace this opportunity by taking colleagues out of their normal surroundings and into the great outdoors for some excitement, adventure, and team building.

Working with companies both large and small, these adventure companies provide innovative outdoor special events to simply reward employees, or to reach deeper and with a team of experienced facilitators, seek solutions, resolve conflicts or focus on other specific issues.

“Historically, corporate team building programs were about bringing facilitators into the boardroom, or going to specific destinations with facilities that accommodate team building programs. What we have created are some truly unique programs that can be brought anywhere, be it an office, city centre, or resort,” says James Corbett, owner of Canadian Outback Adventures. “More and more companies are realizing the return on investment and are embracing the importance of experiential learning through team building adventures.”

A few of Canadian Outback Adventures’ ( www.canadianoutback.com [http://www.canadianoutback.com%C2%A0]) most popular programs include the following:

Survivor
Though the corporate boardroom may sometimes seem intimidating, the “Survivor” event is definitely not! Groups are split into separate tribes with local First Nations tribal names. Each tribe’s goal is to complete the various challenges as effectively as possible. Challenges such as Blind Leading the Blind, Triage, Squamish Scramble, and Buried Treasure test strategy, communication, and other essential business components. No special skills, athletic ability or previous experience required!

Amazing Race
Amazing Race is a team-building event combining communication skills, planning, strategy, teamwork, and a race against the clock. Groups are split into teams and mini-teams whose goal it is to work together to complete the race in as little time as possible. Racers are set out on a course filled with interesting route markers that provide additional route information, road blocks that outline a specific task that someone on each team must complete before moving on, and detours that run throughout the area. Amazing Race is the perfect answer for adventure-seeking enthusiasts. The resort of Whistler BC is one of the most popular locations for the Amazing Race, and many Whistler hotels also offer this as an activity individuals or small groups can do while in Whistler.

CSI:
With the increased popularity in crime stories, CSI has grown to become one of the most watched shows in the North America. Canadian Outback Adventures has adapted orienteering and the theme of the CSI into a group format allowing teams to compete in an educational and exciting activity. With each member proficient in a specific navigational or crime solving skill, teams must work together to navigate their way to a series of crime scenes. At each location teams must carefully search for clues and document evidence to solve each particular case. Upon completion, the teams will hand in their evidence and receive lab results. The final challenge will be to solve the mystery: who has committed/masterminded the crimes!

Eco-Challenge
Eco-Challenge is geared toward corporate teams searching for top performance results. This unique teambuilding event is intended to re-create themes as problem solving, creative thinking, communication, team interaction, trust and building confidence, all in an inspirational outdoor setting. Eco-Challenge begins and ends at an Adventure Base located in the Squamish Valley, just one-hour from Vancouver and Whistler. Teams work their way through the Squamish Valley to experience various challenge components, all of which are designed to encourage teams to work together, both physically and mentally, and to highlight individual and team strengths. Components include mountain biking on backcountry roads and trails, rock climbing, kayaking in river kayaks on Alice Lake and river rafting on the Cheakamus River.

RiverQuest
Groups can hit the water with the exciting RiverQuest activity. RiverQuest combines a day on the river with various problem solving and teambuilding events that encourage creative thinking, communication and team interaction. RiverQuest begins at the Adventure Base in Squamish where team members are briefed on the day’s objectives and outfitted with all the gear needed to ensure a safe journey. The adventure begins on the banks of the Cheakamus River, a fun river with small gentle rapids in a stunning setting. Once on the water, teams will be given both written and verbal instructions to retrieve various items from checkpoints located in the river or along its banks. Between checkpoints teams will encounter several challenges in which they will have the opportunity to compete individually as well as to go head-to-head with other rafts.

Imaginative adventures like these greatly enhance the experience and help employees explore themselves and teammates in a whole new way.

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For the Ultimate Aerobatic Or Fighter Plane Experience, Visit the Aviation Adventure Industry

exclusive. To begin with, flying an airplane means that you’ll have to invest a reasonable amount of time and money to attain your pilot’s license. Then there’s the cost of buying your own airplane or renting one every time you want fly. In addition, you should also invest in advanced air safety courses to be ready for any unexpected situation that comes your way. Add these three things together and you’re looking at multiple thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours spent pursuing the adventure of personal flight. Perhaps you have the time but not the money to pilot an airplane, or perhaps you have the money but not the time. In either case, there’s no reason to let your dreams of piloting an airplane go by the wayside; not when the aviation adventure industry offers you the ultimate fighter plane experience without even requiring you to possess a pilot’s license.

How is this possible? Companies in the aviation adventure industry draw almost 50 percent of their business from offering flight adventures to members of the general public who don’t possess a pilot’s license. After choosing from a range of customizable flight packages, clients of the aviation adventure industry receive accelerated ground training in flight maneuvers and air safety and then take to the sky with an experienced military fighter pilot riding along as their copilot. Since the planes are equipped with dual controls, the fighter pilot can assume control of the aircraft whenever necessary. What this means is that you can focus on having the adventure of a lifetime without worrying about your safe return to the runway.

Most aviation adventure companies offer two basic kinds of flight adventures: Aerobatic flight and simulated air-to-air combat. A good example of aerobatic flight is the kind of flight that you see in air shows. Flying in an Extra 300L, a high performance aircraft that is regularly used in air shows, you’ll perform a variety of gravity defying, pulse pounding maneuvers that constitute the ultimate adrenaline rush. If you choose a fighter plane experience package, you’ll also be performing some awesome maneuvers, but the main focus will be on simulating every aspect of classic air-to-air combat, even to the point of aiming a real gun sight at enemy aircraft and firing simulated bullets to the sound of machine gun fire. There are several kinds of aerobatic and air combat flight packages to choose from, any of which can be customized to meet your needs.

Aviation adventure packages typically start at less than $500 for one-day flight adventures. But you can also purchase multi-day flight packages that include a little bit of everything for less than $3,900. At first glance, this might seem like a lot of money to invest in a leisure activity. But when you consider that the cost of the average family vacation is around $2,000.00, treating yourself or someone special to the ultimate aerobatic or fighter plane experience doesn’t seem so out of the question. And when you consider the total time and money that goes into piloting an airplane, the flight packages offered by the aviation adventure industry seem like a better deal still.

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