Top 10 Outdoor Team Building Activities
When the sun is shining there is nothing more rewarding then getting your staff outside and having some fun.
There are so many amazing ways to get your staff interacting together whilst taking a break from being inside of the office. Especially if your office job consists of working Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Taking a break from it all and heading outside for some fresh air will be the exact thing that your workforce will want and definitely benefit from. So we have put together a list that is full of some great experiences that will be perfect for any type of business to enjoy.
1. Corporate Sports Day
There is no better way to inject some friendly competition into your outdoor event than with something like this corporate sports day. It will make you feel like you have travelled back in time and ended up on the school field competing in a sports day again! You’ll go head to head in a variety of classic games like the space hoppers, the egg and spoon race, tug of war and even a 3 legged race!
2. Smartphone Urban Treasure Hunt
A slightly less active activity but still one that will bring out everyone’s competitive side is the smartphone urban treasure hunt for teams! You will start the session by splitting up into smaller groups and downloading an app onto your phone. From there you will pick your group name and then head out to find different hotspots. At each hotspot you will either have a task, challenge, or question that you need to complete to earn points.
3. Classic English Garden Games
If you are looking for an activity for a summer away day with your team then the classic English garden games will be the perfect choice. With this experience you will all be able to have a go at some games like rounders, croquet, giant Jenga and more! The best part about this outdoor activity for teams is that everyone can pick and choose what they want to have a go of. And again this will definitely add some competitive fun to your day.
4. Soap Box Derby
If you are wanting an experience that will give your staff a good few hours of fun then the soap box derby might be just the thing for you! Split up into smaller groups and design, build and race your own soap box vehicle. The race will have a pit stop gazebo that will be provided for each group and you will have to choose a designated driver and pusher per soap box for the race. The winners also receive a medal.
5. Foot Darts
With this foot darts team experience it mixes both football and darts together for a memorable and extremely unique activity that everyone will love. Basically there will be a huge inflatable dart board blown up ready for you to use. Once everyone is ready to go you will each take it in turns to kick a Velcro ball at the dart board and of course aim for bullseye. There are also a variety of different mini games that you can all take part in too.
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6. Megamix Challenge
If you aren’t too sure on what exactly you want to do for your outdoor team building activity then the megamix challenge will be perfect. There are a range of different activities to choose from and with this you are able to pick your two favourite. And then for 2 whole hours you will have the chance to enjoy some energetic fun as an events co-ordinator hosts both of the activities for you all! Double the fun with double the activities.
7. Bubble Mayhem
Get all your staff and pop yourselves inside of a zorb bubble suit and get involved in a range of different fun games. Bubble mayhem is an experience where you will all find yourselves bashing, smashing, and crashing into each other and rolling around the floor. You will have an events co-ordinator who will take you through each game and explain the rules and what you need to do. The games that you could be playing include bulldog, last person standing and relay races.
8. It's a Knockout Team Challenge
It’s a knockout team challenge is the perfect experience if you want something energetic, fun, and unique. It’s a mixture of inflatable, costume, and relay games where you will take part in the wettest, wildest, and wackiest activities that you can think of! It’s the perfect experience if you are a large group and want a fun filled day that will get everyone laughing. You will split up into smaller groups and nominate a group captain who will lead you all.
9. Turbo Cricket
With turbo cricket you will be able to enjoy a unique and modern twist on the classic English game that everyone knows and loves. The main difference is this game is a little more fast paced and intense than your usual game which is what makes it such a great addition to your outdoor team experiences. Split up into smaller groups and get ready to go head to head in this unique game. All the equipment you need will be included like the bats, balls and stumps.
10. Bubble Football
Another extremely popular outdoor team activity is the bubble football! You can all try out being inside of a 1.55m inflatable bubble suit and go head to head in a unique game of football. Split up into two groups and play a game of 5 a side football. The main thing you will be doing is crashing into each other and rolling around on the floor! It’s a hilarious experience that everyone in your work will enjoy whether they can play football or not.
What are the benefits of outdoor team building activities?
1. Fresh air lowers stress
Why would you want to go from being inside a busy office to going into a conference space for an activity which may be similar size to the office you’re in every day. By going outdoors you are getting plenty of fresh air that is good for de-stressing, especially for people who work inside an office.
2. Improves mental energy
Not only can work be physically draining it can also be mentally draining so heading outside and enjoying the fresh air, having some fun and trying out something new can do wonders for your mental energy.
3. Improves your positive outlook
When work all gets a little too much people can be quick to think negatively about the situation. But with an outdoor team event it can help with reducing any negative thoughts and making you feel a lot more refreshed about the rest of your work tasks.
4. Helps your focus and creativity
There are so many benefits to being outside and one of the main ones for work is that it helps your focus and creativity. There has been various studies surrounding this topic and all of them back up that ‘nature therapy’ is extremely beneficial to a team.
When is the best time of year for activities for teams outdoors?
Since we are in the UK you can never be too careful when it comes to outdoor planning. And planning team building events outside is no different. We would suggest keeping your activities for your office outdoors to the summer months when you can expect a lot more sun and a lot less rain!
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