Team Craft Team Building
General Information and Program Overviews
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Select from many refined Program Formats: Customized for your team
We offer a variety of fun and proven team building formats; first-class experiences that we can adapt to your special interests. Our programs are fun professional training with high quality facilitation. Each one is described below this General Information section.
Our focus is primarily with adult work teams, and college sponsored student teams.
We do not provide programs for participants under 18 years of age, or for individuals.
Plan on some Serious Fun!
Our approach to team building is rooted in over twenty-five years of involvement in the field of experiential learning. From the beginning, we have built both serious learning design and having fun into Team Craft programs. We continue to build on our experience to provide you with the most productive team building you can find anywhere.
It's not just an event, it's Real Team Development
Our program design process addresses your teams specific work needs. One-half to three day high-impact Team Building Programs are designed to meet your expectations, from new team formation, to informal networking, to conflict resolution, and more.
We work with you before the program to develop a plan to respond to your team's current issues and needs. The more information you provide through the Team Craft contact form, the better we can identify program options to meet your needs and expectations. We involve you in planning the schedule and selection of specific activities, as you desire. In addition, pre-program surveys, conference calls with your planning committee, and on-site meetings can be arranged to identify or propose a format, set realistic expectations, and target outcomes.
Please request this added input if it is of interest.
We Work With Groups of All Sizes & Fitness Levels
We accommodate groups with fewer than ten all the way up to several hundred participants. A large group is organized into smaller activity teams during a program. Teams often collaborate with each other to solve interrelated challenges, or lightly compete to see who are the most clever, creative, and effective teams.
Some team building program formats work better with smaller groups, others larger, and for many, it doesn't matter. The program format descriptions below identify minimum or maximum participant numbers if relevant.
Basically, participants only need to show up and be open to interacting on a team. We can provide you with pre-program information that you can circulate to participants that describe the basic program plan and how to prepare.
We work particularly well with skeptics, who, by the end of a program, are surprised to find themselves not only relieved "it wasn't like that other program last year", but glad that they participated.
We Conduct Programs Anywhere ... at our place or yours
We conduct programs both indoors and out.
We regularly travel to all points of North America to conduct our programs. See our Locations & Links section for an extensive list of areas where we frequently provide programs. We'll come to your place, no matter where you're located.
And we can help you link up with other facilities across North America and beyond, from world-class to rustic, where we have great working relationships.
The Role of Team Craft Facilitators
Team Craft facilitators help participants make the leaps. . . from fun activity. . . to management concept . . . to on-the-job behavior. Our facilitators know how to flow with each group's momentum, elicit shared observations, and help participants apply key learnings to their work experience.
Team Craft staff are experienced professionals knowledgeable in the proper techniques and systems for ensuring client safety in the action learning environment.
Facilitators adapt the activities to fit the physical abilities of every member of the group. They also encourage participants to choose their individual level of challenge for each element of every program. This is the challenge by choice principle used in all our programs.
"The instructors were very impressive. They had fabulous personalities and ... were patient, supportive, intuitive and well informed."
Key Learnings, Action Planning, & Follow-through
Our experiential learning approach usually involves small (4 to 12 member) activity teams in a series of problem solving challenges and focused discussions. The ways the team members act during the activity typically mirrors and highlights their work-based strengths as well as areas for needed development. Participants are encouraged to track their many impressions throughout the experience. They distill these into a few key highlights and learning points at the end of the program. These become the stimulus to plan improvements in their work-based interactions. Some team building formats are more focused on work applications than others.
InterActive Teams and Team Initiatives, for example, generate lots of work applications based on impressions from the experience.
After Team Craft, an individual's motivation to follow-through is greater than with traditional programs. At Team Craft, strong impressions are made based on first hand experience and lively discussions that can lead to both personal and team shared commitments. This is much different from what happens when a group sits and listens to a motivational speaker or participates in a simply-for-fun team outing.
It is the major value-added quality of doing one of our programs.
We encourage follow-through efforts back at work. We encourage team leaders to plan beyond the "event" and commit to a real team development process over time. See our Collaboration Skills section for ways Team Craft can continue to support your team.
Do you have additional questions? Fill out our contact form, send us an e-mail, or give us a call.
You can also go to our FAQ section.
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Team Craft Team Building Programs
Overviews and Links to our many formats for work teams
(Click the title link above each overview to go to a complete description of design and activity options.)
1. City Sleuths Scavneger Hunts
Are you familiar with scavenger or treasure hunts as team building activities? City Sleuths is Team Craft's unusual and fun upgrade that is based on solving a series of riddles. The riddles require team members to locate entertaining, historic, or kitschy elements of a stimulating city district to discover the answer. Each riddle hides the identity of the street you need to go to, the building to look for, and the information needed there. Answer the riddle correctly and the team wins points. A lot of strategy goes into figuring out not only the answer to the riddles, but what order to answer them in, and how to avoid giving easy clues to other teams. Winning teams receive medals or award cups. Everyone is given a cool memento of the experience. (Given the city district size, you can include from about 6 to more than 60 participants for from 2.5 to 4.5 hours)
City Sleuths is currently offered in 14 cities: Austin, Baltimore, Charleston-SC, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston (Galveston), Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Princeton, San Antonio, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. We can develop City Sleuths in other cities with vibrant active and historic areas.
2. InterActive Teams Team Building Program
InterActive Teams is a fun and innovative program where teams work with other teams to meet common goals. Organizations are made up of a collection of teams. These groups need to work together as effectively as the individuals within each team. During the program a large group operates in smaller activity teams. They are presented with a series of engaging and fun activities, conducted either outdoors or indoors. Facilitators lead participants in lively discussions between activities. The program gets people to interact and talk about specific ways to improve team performance across boundaries - locations or departments - back at work. Go to the overview page or contact us to obtain a sample schedule and descriptions of the many activities you can include in the program.
A program can last from 2 to 8 hours. Up to 24 participants per activity grouping; several groupings can be involved at the same time, with one large Action Planning session at the end to share impressions.
3. Team Tournaments: Bridge Builders, Eggs In Space, Mini Golf Classic, or Mega Teams
Choose one of 4 Different light hearted competitive events that stimulate creativity and teamwork.
- Bridge Builders:
Teams of from 8 to 15 participants are challenged to build a bridge using only materials we provide, including paper, foil, and wood sticks, among other paraphernalia. After making a plan, each team is split into two sections to build their halves in different locations. Teams also aim for success across six dimensions: build-to-plan, strength, length, aesthetics, efficiency, and symmetry.
- Eggs in Space:
is a lightly competitive challenge activity in which teams with from 8 to 12 participants design, construct, test, and launch devices to catapult eggs to a large bulls eye target. Teams also develop presentations that tout their inventions using eggisms that really crack people up. The program can be conducted either indoors or outside.
It lasts 3 hours.
- Mini Golf Classic: In this fun competition, teams design a miniature golf course and then challenge each other to a tournament.
- Mega Teams:two or more large teams - each with several sub-teams - compete to match skills and wits in a series of creative challenges that can be scored to determine winners. We have several unusual and fun activities just for this program including company specific word puzzles we create with your input.
4. Movie Studio - Movie Making Team Building Program
Teams make short movies that depict their views on their challenges as a team. The event is a high energy display of humor and creativity. Team members plan a production, and then assume the many roles needed to design, shoot their scenes. Then a few participants edit the movie. At the end, we hold a film festival where teams show off their productions, and "Oscar" like awards are given for the best results.
The movies are then distributed to the participants as a keepsake of the experience. Participants: from 20 to 120 - or more; Overall program length: 8 hours for all 3 parts (plan and shoot / edit / view) - that can be organized in several ways to fit your schedule.
All participants have access to the movies afterwards.
5. Raft Craft - Raft Building and Racing Team Building Activity
This innovative team building program combines two fun challenges. First: design and build a raft using an unusual mix of floatable materials. Then: race the contraption in a competitive sprint with other teams. How successful teams develop and carry out a winning strategy is a great metaphor for success strategies in the workplace. Have fun with plenty of room for creativity, whimsical good humor, and high spirited racing. It's also a great way to beat the heat on a hot day.
Participants: from 20 to 120; Program length: 2.5 to 3 hours.
6. The Trail Blazers Team Building Game
Trail Blazers is a fun and challenging outdoor activity that takes place in a park. Multiple teams set out with GPS Receivers AND Maps and compasses to find waypoints along a route where they compete in challenge activities and find hidden caches, many containing fun prizes . As they reach their series of destinations they accumulate points, in combination with those from the other teams, that are used to obtain pieces to a puzzle that contains a message, customized for the group, to promote great teamwork. Participants gain insight on effective team process, inter-team collaboration, and achieving a whole company win. The experience is a real adventure; it's stimulating and unpredictable in fun ways. Participants can number from 20 to 120 or more. A program lasts from 4 to 6 hours.
7. ROPES Challenge Course Team Building Programs
Our Team Initiative Ground Activities for small teams (up to 15 participants per team) provide lively team challenges to promote great teamwork. They are mobile and can be done anywhere with some flat open space - typically outdoors, but inside as well, as weather warrants. Many people refer to Team Initiatives as Low Ropes.
Common themes include improving communication, developing trust, sharing risk (giving and receiving help), clarifying roles and responsibilities, and shared leadership and followership. Almost any size group can be accommodated.
8. Personal and Team Communication and Behavior Style Workshop Discover the varied relationship styles present on a team, and how they can be channeled to be highly productive.
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