Teamwork is an important part of any successful organization. Members of the group must be able to rely on each other to complete their work. Teamwork is emphasized in businesses and sports teams alike. However, team unity may not be present from the onset. To help foster this ideal, leaders use team-building programs. Many outdoor team-building activities are available for adults.
The Ropes Course
The ropes course is a team-building program that develops a number of abilities within the group. The course consists of various obstacles created from rope combinations. For example, the team may have to scale a rope wall while supporting teammates who must act out disabilities such as blindness. The difficulty of the obstacles may vary, and some obstacles may be available only to adult participants. Ropes courses are usually facilitated by a trained leader, who will give the group time to plan a strategy to overcome each obstacle. The group then attempts to complete the task. Once the group is successful, the leader facilitates a discussion to give teammates a chance to express their feelings and give each other feedback on their interactions. This program helps develop critical thinking and communication skills.
Scavenger hunts can help develop cohesive units within an organization. The item list can be created to require the participants to venture outside and visit locations that are easily accessible to adults. Scavenger hunts can also be used as an opportunity for team members to get to know each other and the managers they work with. When creating the list, require the groups to retrieve such items as photographs of street signs or buildings to involve different aspects of their outdoor surroundings. Create a time limit such as 2 hours to provide enough time for travel if needed. The group that returns within the time limit with the most items found wins the event and a prize if allowed. This team-building program develops creative thinking, communication and delegation skills.
Multi-Way Tug of War
Tug of war is often played during social outings such as picnics or retreats. Multi-way tug of war is a variation of the traditional game. This activity develops the ability to strategize and communicate when forced to make quick decisions. Using two pieces of rope, tie them together to make the shape of an X. Be sure that the four sections are of equal length. Split the team into four units of equal size and number. At the sound of a whistle, the four teams begin to pull against each other, trying to eliminate the other groups. A team is eliminated when all members are pulled beyond the designated out-of-bounds area. Once three teams have been eliminated, the last group is declared the winner. After the activity, hold a discussion to give the teams a chance to speak about the experience of working with someone who can quickly become a competitor.