I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This time I went to a Polaroid Scavenger Hunt.
Polaroid Scavenger Hunt. No, we’re not using the new, pastel-colored mini instant film cameras that are everywhere recently (I actually own the light blue one myself). We’re using vintage, retro-looking polaroid cameras that really take you back in time.
Our Polaroid Scavenger Hunt is a throwback to the days of the original classic instant camera! Teams get a list of challenges and they get to choose which ones to do to meet the required amount. The only catch is that some challenges are worth more points than others. So the teams have to choose between the easy-finds or the ones that are worth more points which could mean having to travel farther or doing something more difficult.
A key to the Polaroid Scavenger Hunt is that teams have to stick together and complete the challenges together. They can’t split up to try to cover more ground. All the choices and decisions regarding the challenges had to be made together. It really emphasized teamwork, especially on a time crunch and not being able to discuss it over and over – they had to make the choices on-the-go. Challenges ranged from getting a free cup from Dunkin Donuts, finding a state quarter, or taking a picture with a lobster.
On this particular hunt, our base location was right next to the New England Aquarium. Because of that, of course one of the challenges had to take place there. The challenge was to bark with a sea lion.
One team tried to double-up on the challenges by combining barking with a sea lion and serenading on your knees. Yes, it was as funny as it sounds. Too bad one of the rules is that you can’t double up on the challenges, not even “creativity” points. Otherwise, that photo and their photo of a yoga pose taken in front of one of the statues might’ve won it.
Some teams were a little more reserved, but once the event really got going everyone got really involved. They had team leaders and creative team names (Day Drinking Dabblers, Is This Fuschia?, and Black Like My Soul to name a few).
The group was pretty young and when they heard polaroid some were a little lost even with the new-found popularity polaroids have been getting recently. But they quickly found their footing and got the cameras working.
As a team event, I think the most important part was the rule that teams had to stay together the entire time, otherwise it would’ve been incredibly easy to split up and get it done in the short amount of time. This way they really had to communicate, open up, and work together. It was team bonding disguised as fun!
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively in order to work effectively. (more…)
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
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