“We’ve got spirit, yes we do. We’ve got spirit, how ‘bout you?” Sure, corporate team building isn’t as simple as waving around pompoms at a high school football game. So, when it comes to pulling your team together, inspiring one another, building trust and working together, you need to find some pretty effective ways to fire up the troops. What it requires is a challenge. Is your team up for it?
Who hasn’t watched a WWII flick and thought to themselves, “I’d really like to drive a tank someday!” Well, now you can. Drive a Tank’s team building package offers your team history, training, and hands-on experience behind the wheel of a five ton truck. Teams are evaluated throughout the day on knowledge retention, as well as their driving, shooting, and riding abilities. The winning team gets the chance to crush a car with the Chieftain Main Battle Tank.
If crushing things isn’t at the top of your list, you could get the team in gear at Brainerd International Raceway’s Performance Driving School. The adrenaline pumping experience allows your team to become real race car drivers for a day. This aint no arcade game and it’s sure not the highway at rush hour, but the real thing, customized to meet your goals.
Take them sky high at Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park. Imagine your crew bouncing off the walls (like they already do on Fridays) except for real and with a mission. A customized challenge for your group can include ultimate dodge ball, flipping into a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes or just plain bouncing around. This is every grown up kids’ dream come true!
Why not give Whirly Ball a whirl? Combining basketball, hockey, and lacrosse, two teams of five players each use scoops to try to toss a ball through an elevated backboard at opposite ends of an enclosed court. The “whirly bugs” (aka, bumper cars) are very advanced, quick and highly maneuverable. Until Whirly ball, you never knew it was possible for your team to have so much fun while working together.
If you’d like to get your crew in the teamwork zone, we’ve got just the place for you — Brunswick Zone XL! At any one of their four locations (Lakeville, Eden Prairie, Brooklyn Park, or Blaine) Brunswick’s professional event moderator will take your troops through the Team Challenge. Designed to build essential business skills, the challenge can include a bowling competition, interactive arcade games, competitive lazer tag or billiards (depending on location) and team and individual awards, plus food and drink in your own private event space.
Perhaps you should consider making dress code on casual Fridays include coveralls. That is if you’re interested in bringing your crew to MN Pro Paintball. The closest paintball park to the metro and the largest in the state, MN Pro Paintball provides your gang with a group commander who is specially trained to guide and orchestrate missions and scenarios. You’ll see your team working together, collaborating, strategizing, and oh yes, having tons of fun, too!
Trust, leadership, and confidence emerge when your team navigates their way through a rope or zip lining challenge at Sand Creek Adventures. Participants stimulate mind and muscle as they work together to conquer the giant ladder, the leap of faith, the zip exit that spans across the Sand Creek bluffs, and much, much more.
Summer camp was never like this. Send your team to new heights with high rope activities, rock wall climbing, team building exercises, and more at Base Camp. Banquet catering is available as well as amphitheater and classroom settings for your group meeting.
Want to do something a little less daring, but just as effective? Book your bunch for a team building event at any of the three locations (Edina, St. Paul, Stillwater) of Cooks of Crocus Hill. They’ve perfected the recipe for facilitated learning with over-the-top cooking and dining experiences. Exercises spotlight the elements of communication, resource management, and creative leadership. Never before, has learning been this delicious!
When it comes to team building, nothing says self-expression and collaboration like painting with Wine & Canvas. This mobile business comes to your venue along with a talented art instructor who will guide participants through recreating a painting by the end of the session. Wine is optional, of course, but often pairs well with the creative process.
From rope lines to zip lines, bowling balls to paint balls and everything in between, any of these unique activities will challenge your team to rise to new heights.
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