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10 Sizzling Summer Team Building Ideas

Team building refers to a wide range of activities, presented to businesses, schools, sports teams, religious or nonprofit organizations designed for improving team performance.

Let’s insert some fun into that definition now. Summer is in full swing which means we’re all looking for a reason to escape the office and score some sunshine. We looked high and low to find some of the most exotic and fun summertime excursions for your company.

1. Sailing in the City, Manhattan


Companies get a hands on team building experience on the water with Halcyon Sailing. Groups of up to 24 can enroll in a sailing course and then race in sail boats from the New York Harbor to city landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. The full day, water-bound experience lasts two hours and is followed by a celebratory champagne toast.

2. Reaching New Heights, New Mexico


Corporate groups of 15 can reach new heights in New Mexico with the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. Along with Adventure Partners, Four Seasons is bringing guests a scenic experience on foot. Guests take route up the Windsor Trail where they reach the top of one of many summits for inspiring views.


3. SWAT it out, Sarasota, FL.

 Many local areas offer similar activities like this. It’s a full day tactical obstacle course for corporations hosted by Sarasota’s local Sheriff’s office. The course is all physical and teaches teams to use military-style methods in a fast-paced environment. Team-building includes a hostage rescue, downed officer event, ladder scramble and a zip line over the waters. Better yet? It’s all benefiting the local Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

4. Lost and Found, Colorado


What better than being lost with your team of coworkers and venturing on a quest back to humanity? Get the full on quest experience with your team at Hotel Madeline Telluride. Teams must find flags using two-way radios, GPS units, maps and verbal and written clues. The expedition is for groups of all sizes.


5. Revving for the Team, Various Locations

 Maybe you have a boss who’s a car enthusiast? This will rev his engine as teams reunite on the tracks. Brought to you by the Exotic Driving Experience, groups can turn the ignition on camaraderie as they speed in exotic racing cars. There are rewards and incentive programs for large groups. For some good old-fashioned office laughs, invest in the in-car video.


6. A Team that Swims Together…, San Diego

Get beautiful once-in-a-lifetime views of San Diego bay at night with the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina! Teams of 10-20 are led on a guided tour through San Diego Bay on LED-lit paddleboards. After the tour, guests head to a camp fire for drinks and traditional Hawaiian-style storytelling.

7. Corporate ‘Ohana,’ Waikiki Beach, HI

The blue waters of Waikiki Beach are perfect for companies looking to inspire a sense of ‘ohana.’ The Royal Hawaiian offers a team building experience that puts guests in traditional style canoes and teaches them to race through the turquoise water. Each team member has a different role and the group must work together to move ahead.


8. Flash Mob Mayhem, Various Locations


A lasting experience that requires long-term preparation for large teams. Teambonding has developed a program for corporate flash teams all across America. This activity requires unparalleled communication, spirited energy and shared experience. Every program is customizable and is perfect for lightening up retreats and conferences.

9. Shopping Around, Seattle


Who doesn’t love a fresh farmers market? Who doesn’t love a challenge? The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is unrolling a new activity called Market to Art. Teams of 10 head to the historic Pike Place Market where participants are split into teams of two. Each team is given $60 and 30 minutes to buy ingredients for one of five courses for the evening’s meal. Chefs at the Four Seasons then work to prepare the dishes and each team presents there “plate.”

10. Voted Off the Island, Various Locations

You’ve been voted off the island and sent back to the office! Corporate Survivors is brought to you by TeamBonding. It’s just like the Survivor television show but is 100% inclusive – teams work with their teammates through various challenges, each requiring a different skill. This challenge is perfect for annual meetings, company outings and project kickoffs.

We want to know how you build your team during the summer months! Email us at with your best ideas and past experiences! 




6 (Easy) Steps to Cooling Summer Energy Expenses

During the summer of 2011, Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, NC cut back big time to reduce their utilities cost. The district re-formatted their work week to four 10-hour days during the summer months. The district also made an effort to unplug all unnecessary electrical devices, adjust HVAC settings according to occupancy, curb water consumption and turn off unneeded lights. The extensive plan included everyone: team principals, administration, custodians and all school staff. Throughout the months of June, July and August – the district reduced energy costs by $508,413. Imagine what small changes like this could do for your facility.

FirstFuel, a company specializing in building energy analytics, monitored 60 million square feet of commercial buildings across the US. They report that America could save $17 billion just by making simple behavior changes and minimal alterations to operations as shown in the Guildford County School District.  

During summer months, energy-use is at an all-time high. Weather is a key energy driver as summer cooling systems account for 13-percent of total energy usage in commercial buildings nationwide – there is no better time to implement an energy saving plan.

Below are some simple methods to cool climbing summer energy expenses:

  1. Measure and Compare your expenses. Get a general idea of what others in your industry are spending on energy costs and how those expenses vary throughout the year. Are other commercial buildings doing something that you’re not to keep energy bills down low? Compare your facility’s energy usage to similar buildings with this tool.
  2. Regular maintenance is key. Routine inspection of cooling systems before the summer season will save you time, money and discomfort. Be sure to have an air conditioning professional check your system along with inspect ductwork and seal leaks. Replace air filters frequently and dust outside units before heavy use. Also, ask your AC professional to calibrate your thermostat – make sure that you are getting an accurate reading and that cooling equipment is working correctly.
  3. Apply occupancy monitors. There’s no need for cooling systems to maintain the same settings 24-hours per day, especially when facilities are empty at certain hours. Consider occupancy monitors that adjust temperature depending on habitation of the facility. Just a couple of degrees can save a huge amount, for every degree increase in temperature over a 12-hour period, you can save 1.5 percent in cooling energy costs.
  4. Consider upgrading lighting systems. All of that talk about LED lighting wasn’t for nothing. Save money by replacing incandescent bulbs with long lasting LED lights. This lighting upgrade runs at an estimated energy efficiency of 80% to 90% compared to the traditional incandescent bulb which runs at just 20% energy efficiency – wasting 80% of electric energy. That wasted energy is converted into heat – a big negative for the summer months!

  5. Be aware of peak-demand charges! Utility companies define a “demand charge” as a charge that “is determined using the maximum demand (or “peak demand”) occurring during the monthly billing period.” This charge is a fixed rate calculated on a per kilowatt basis. There are several strategies to cut back on peak-demand charges: first, be sure to establish the facility’s load profile identifying high-energy use equipment. Initiate an Energy Management System (EMS) that creates a sequence or schedule for high-energy equipment avoiding peak energy use. Consider using backup generators to power equipment that cannot be shifted away from peak demand periods.
  6. Work as a team! None of these strategies will work without the help of employees. Implement a goal within your team so that everyone feels as though they are a part of this reduction – share the responsibility! Encourage employees to turn off lights, turn off personal devices using electricity during the day and unplug things that aren’t being used! This is a team wide effort!

We want to know: what are you doing to keep your energy usage lower during the summer months? How are you encouraging your team to get involved and help alleviate the extra costs of higher energy usage? Email us at to share your ideas!




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