When people hear the dreaded activity of "team building" people run for the hills, or at least call in sick that day. Thoughts of shooting each other with paint balls, trying to cook a meal together or going camping as an office team singing songs around a campfire all come to mind. Thankfully NorthStar Adventure doesn't do any of that. We specialize in using hands on activities (described below) to expose blind spots in teams and accentuate strengths in teams.
Tell me and I will forget.
Show me and I may remember.
Involve me and I will understand.
The tools we use are called low elements; these activities are low or on the ground and are made of wood, ropes, wires and logs. Low elements cannot be solved or accomplished with 1 or 2 people, in fact it's impossible. A group of 7-12 people is the prime number of people in each small team.
The things we have to learn before we do them,
we learn by doing them.
If after your group accomplishes the low elements and want a more individual challenge with the verbal support of their team, we have a 34-foot ropes course and rock wall. Our 34-foot high ropes course looks intimidating, but its bark is worse than its bite. Our Sky Challenge is 100% safe and offers personal challenges for those looking for more pulse quickening activities. Also along with the Sky Challenge we have our rock wall with an easy, medium and hard climb. We can teach your team members to belay (taking up the slack of a fellow team member) which will create greater trust among team members. Of course the Sky Challenge is completely voluntary and is not a required component to a team development program.
Teach only when cornered.
Otherwise let the people learn.
We also offer a wide array of profiling assessments to further the understanding of how each employee operates, is effected by stress and how each employee interacts within the company.
You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
Some common goals of our program are:
- · to identify skills, strengths, and values as they relate to professional development
- · to foster personal responsibility
- · to build positive group interaction
- · to build appreciation for differences within the group
- · to foster confidence in coping with situations that, like many situations in life, are challenging
- · to enhance problem-solving and goal-setting skills
- · to explore ways to meet other specific challenges brought to the program by the group