Raft Building and Racing Program
Invention, moxie, strategy and luck; add teamwork, a beach on a refreshing lake, bay, or pool, lots of unusual flotation materials and Team Craft's experiential learning approach. Tie it all together and you've got the winning ingredients for fun and memorable team building on a hot day. This two-part program involves building and then racing rafts in small teams. It can last from 2 to 3 hours or longer with large group ice breakers at the beginning. The design can be adapted to meet your team building objectives to focus on creativity, competition, and multiple elements of teamwork. And of course, lots of good clean fun.
Building materials are limited to items that can be obtained from the raft "store." Participants will be taken on a tour of the store at the outset of the activity. A few minutes into the activity materials can be "purchased" with the team's budget.
Ample materials are made available to construct a seaworthy raft. Materials consist of a wide array of items that float, from inner tubes to plastic foam to noodles. Framing and connecting materials are also available such as rope, and plastic tubing. Paddles can be obtained as well.
Once built, the rafts are brought to the shoreline for basic seaworthiness inspection and for the teams to flaunt their designs and introduce their two member paddle teams.
A single race or race series are program options. A series consists of qualifying heats and a finals heat for the 'company cup'.
Team Craft provides a gold medal on a satin ribbon to first place team members.
Additional awards can be given for:
Work Applications: Debrief discussions follow the activity. Facilitators inquire about effective strategy within each team, effective problem solving strategies, distribution of roles, effective communication, overall key insights and how these provide opportunities to improve teamwork in the future.
- Most Innovative design
- Team Spirit
- Titanic Award (most spectacular unraveling)
Participants leave with a fun experience, new bonds with teammates, as well as positive new insight on team effectiveness. Swimming and a picnic can be included in the activity.
Budgeting: A typical program costs between $60 & $90
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per person and varies with number of participants, length of the program, and location. A typical program has about 30 participants and lasts 2.5 hours.
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