Team building activities are a fun way to help employees get to know each other better. Check out these engaging and affordable activities that can often be found close to home and are sure to build morale.
1. Escape Rooms
If you’ve never heard about the escape room trend,
it’s time to acquaint yourself with this popular activity. Here’s how it works.
You and a small group are locked in an enclosed space and given a mystery to unravel.
The venue provides your team with clues, and you have one to two hours to
figure out how to unlock the escape room. If the time lapses and you still
haven’t figured it out, the venue unlocks the door.
At Lancaster’s Escape Room, you can choose from several themed rooms,
including 50’s Diner and Ancient Greece. It’s perfect for team building because
the activity is short, engaging, fun, and affordable. If you are bringing a
group of 12 or more, you can call them for reservations and special pricing.
2. Ax Throwing
Ax throwing is an emerging trend that’s safe and
fun. It originated in Canada, but Philadelphia is home to the first competitive
ax throwing center in the U.S. Check out Bury the Hatchet located in South Philly. Bury the Hatchet
caters to group events such as team building, and can be fun for various ages.
Ax throwing is similar to throwing darts. The
thrower hurls an ax down a short lane that’s walled on either side. Individuals
and teams can play in tournaments to see how quickly the thrower can land a
bullseye. You might even find that your team building event encourages a few new hobbyists.
3. Outdoor Adventure Course
Outdoor adventure courses are perfect for beautiful
days and a nice way to get out of the office to encourage employee wellness.
Ropes courses are a trending activity, and it’s
one that’s suitable for adventurous and reasonably fit folks of most ages. The
best time to visit a ropes course is on a sunny day, of course — but don’t
overlook venues that offer nighttime excursions. It’s also a terrific activity
when you want to enjoy a stunning fall day outdoors.
In Pennsylvania, check out Camelback Mountain Adventures, home to nighttime ropes courses, zip
lines, and even a mountain coaster. If you’re planning an overnight getaway,
Camelback also features a lodge for easy accommodations.
Trained pros will harness you and your colleagues
and clip your line to bridges and ladders affixed to the trees. Some of your most
adventurous employees may prefer traversing the very top of the course, while others
can stay on a course that’s closer to the ground. Either way, the courses are
well supervised. You’ll need to sign a waiver to participate.
4. Cave Tour
Have you ever been in a cave? If not, you’re in
for a fantastic treat. Cave tours are great for all ages, and you and your team
can take your time exploring, or hire a guide for an in-depth tour.
For nearly 90 years, Lincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks has been a top PA attraction, and group tours are
available. There are miles of trails underground and above ground, and
additional activities include panning for gemstones and viewing flora and
You won’t believe the otherworldly formations and
bright colors. And if you go on a hot day, you’ll appreciate how cool it stays
underground. Planning a winter team building event? Don’t worry — caves stay
roughly the same temperature all year long.
5. Fun and Games
If you want the party to come to you, then consider hiring a games
expert to come to your property. This custom solution is ideal for all-sized groups
— anywhere from 20 to 400. You can also tailor the activity to fit your budget,
and it works for indoor or outdoor spaces. Your game consultant can design team
and one-on-one competitions, perform emcee duties, arrange for a DJ or
background music, give awards, and more.
TeamBonding is one such
consultant that’s willing to create a fun event anywhere in the state, indoors
or outside. From Erie to Philadelphia, the options for team building are nearly
6. Ice Sculpting
Have you ever looked at an ice sculpture and wondered how long it took
to make it? And where the sculptor found a block of ice that big?
When you host an ice sculpting event for your colleagues, you can find
out. Ice sculpting teams can race to complete an assigned sculpture, or you can
all work on one sculpture together. It’s perfect for all ages and is a highly
In addition to custom events, TeamBonding also offers ice sculpting as
a team building exercise. Like their other offerings, they’ll bring the ice and
teach the class at a location of your choosing.
7. Giving Back
What better way to grow a sense of shared responsibility than by spending
quality time giving back to your community? You can accomplish your corporate social
responsibility goals while boosting morale. And you don’t have to wait until
the holiday season to
get into the spirit of giving.
Bike building is one such activity. During this event, you and your
colleagues will build bikes and
donate them to a local charity. Offered by Professional Teambuilding
& Leadership Development, you can choose the location and timing of your
event, so no matter where you are in PA, you can participate.
Your next corporate retreat doesn’t have to feature trust falls or flow
charts. Think outside the box instead, and you can return a sense of fun to
your workplace — and maybe even see a new side of your colleagues.
Make sure to show your team you appreciate them outside of these
special events, as well. Offering free benefits, such as credit union
membership, can help your employees manage their money and feel less stressed
every day. For information on how your workplace can become a Select Employee Group
(SEG) through PSECU, visit our SEG page.