Team Building & Bonding Overview
Having your team building experience with Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks offers many rewards. Your group will leave with increased awareness as a result of engaging in dialogue about group dynamics such as leadership, communication, roles, goals, and problem solving.
Team members will have fun while challenging themselves and learning skills to work together more successfully. Our team building activities take full advantage of all that Tahoe has to offer. In addition to, or as an alternative to the aerial adventure parks, your group may also choose orienteering-based programs (using a map or compass), or an add-on activity through one of our partner organizations. In winter, snowshoeing and winter orienteering are available
We work with you to design a team building experience that best suits your group. First, we’ll help you decide what your group wants to accomplish by identifying clear goals and measurements for your program. Then we’ll work with you to develop a program design specifically tailored to your group. We’ll see that your event takes place in a supportive, encouraging, and trusting environment. Group members will be engaged, involved and open to learning.
You’ll find that you’ll better retain the skills you learn and increase your awareness of behavioral patterns. This is because the group actively experiences, reflects, internalizes, and then discusses the group’s dynamics. And, we can help your group plan how to apply the lessons back to work, school, home, or anywhere else.
Bonding Programs – The Basic Idea
Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks and our partner organization, Squaw Valley Adventure Center, have been offering Bonding and Team building programs in Lake Tahoe for over 19 years. We have worked with thousands of corporate clients, youth groups, school & church groups, sports teams and more. Ropes Courses and Adventure Parks are especially well suited and designed to host groups wanting a bonding and/or team building experience.
Often, we start with some low-to-the-ground activities aimed at fun and putting participants at ease. Follow this with some small team tasks that afford an opportunity for small teams to work together attempting a variety of challenges. These low activities are the “foundation” building activities where a supportive, trusting, and communicative environment are built. Next to follow at one of the Treetop Adventure Parks are the high/climbing events. These add to the program in that they allow participants to challenge themselves and take a risk to the level of his/her choice. Each person chooses to challenge him or herself, without coercion from others, it’s “Challenge by Choice.” Challenging oneself and taking a risk, when done in a supportive and trusting environment with peers, builds bonds and breaks down barriers. The activity alone can be the bonding effort or we can facilitate a group debrief to process the experience and “build the bridge” to the workplace, school, or other environment.
Team Building programs - The Basic Idea
Group participation in these activities can be an enlightening experience that can help participants understand the groups’ process and his/her role within the system. It is often surprising how quick we default to our typical roles when asked to work together as a team, even during a short team task requiring cooperation. The tasks we engage in are often short and contain an element of fun, however, they also are metaphors that can highlight typical participant behavior within the team setting. Through reflection and debrief we can bring out some of the salient points regarding the experience and collaboratively bring forth ideas that would help “build a better team.” If implemented, these ideas can result in lasting change, however, it is important to realize, all “application is complication.”