Outdoor Team Building Activities that Promote Communication and Problem Solving

Outdoor team building activities are a great way of bringing your team together outside of the corporate work environment, clearing the air – literally and also encouraging communication and an environment that can promote a team focus towards problem solving.

Of course at Accolade Corporate Events, we’ve got a whole host of effective and fun outdoor team building activities for you to choose from but we’re going to focus on three fun team building events that specifically target problem solving.

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Celebrity Treasure hunt

So let’s take a look at just three outdoor problem solving team building activities

The Crystal Maze
Based on the popular 90s TV show, the Crystal Maze team building event will really put your team through their paces. This is a great event for those of mixed age and physical abilities as each of the challenges are uniquely different and require different skills to overcome.

Team Apprentice Buying Task
Can your team show their bargaining skills and time management? As in the hit TV show, the teams are sent out with an obscure shopping list – the team that comes back with the most items and the most spare cash left is crowned the winners. However, unlike the TV show – nobody gets fired!

Spy Catcher
Our Spy Catcher team building event is a great way to really get to see a city and all her sights. We set challenging tasks and goals that require a variety of skills to achieve, all leading up to finding the spy and their location.

Spy Catcher Case Study
Our corporate client who is in the private finance industry in London, had hosted a number of different evening entertainment events with us before entertaining their clients and after hugely successfully events, they asked us to organise their annual team building event. They had a good brief, it was to be an event that could easily cope with 100 people, it had to be outdoors, they wanted activities that included problem solving and they needed it to be challenging but a lot of fun! Of course we were only too happy to put forward our Spy Catcher event – so much more than a treasure hunt, this was tailor made for our client and saw teams communicating and racing around London.

As with all our outdoor activities Spy Catcher was precision planned and had lots of different elements to suit all different kinds of personality traits within the team. Based around the West End of London, the first problem that the had to solve together was a memory activity before they could even begin to start on the outdoor element. Once outside, teams had to track down secret agents and obtain vital information from them. They had to take a series of photographs both outdoor and indoors and they had to answer a number of coded questions, it was fast paced, it was exciting and it was fun.

The client was delighted with the event, how the teams were out of the normal corporate environment and could really bond as a team. They saw their teams communicating and problem solving in a relaxed and fun way. The day was a huge success.

The Crystal Maze Case Study
Our client, who works within the local authority, wanted outdoor team building activities that were a lot of fun but very much focused on team building, they wanted their teams to really stretch themselves and to try to encourage communication and out of the box thinking.

The Crystal Maze team building event was ideal for them and they were very excited. Based on the TV show our corporate event has many challenging and mystifying problems to be solved within the different zone and we certainly put the teams through their paces as they raced against the clock trying to solve the different problems.

With this being an outdoor event, our client was concerned about the weather – what if it rained? We helped them to book a cost effective wet weather plan just in case, this way the show could go on without any problems. On the day however, the sun was shining and we hosted the event outdoors as planned. The feedback that we received was fantastic and our client is already talking to us about next years event.

Team Apprentice Buying Task Case Study
We’ve hosted hundreds of Team Apprentice corporate events, in fact we’re proud to say that we were one of the first team building companies to launch Team Apprentice – so we as you can see, we’re the experts!

Our client didn’t know if they wanted indoor or outdoor team building activities, so we suggested Team Apprentice as it has the perfect balance, tasks that are completed indoors and then the outdoor Buying Task. The Buying Task is always a favourite on the day. We worked very closely with the client and visited their location prior to the event to ensure that we picked the most suitable items for teams to track down and buy – items that were both achievable but obscure at the same time, some items that would test teams lateral thinking and negotiation – a key element to the buying task is communication and planning. Without clear communication without each other and strong problem solving, they would be coming back empty handed.

The teams loved the tasks and activities and even surprised us with their ingenuity! Their were lots of smiling faces, lots of conversation and it was clear that individuals within teams were bonding, there was a team cohesion that was strong before and that, our client declared, was the sign and a brilliantly successful team building event!

Does Daniel have a Doppelganger?

We’re not sure what we found funnier in the latest episode of The Apprentice – Solomon carefully carrying the skeleton across a busy road then allowing it sit on his knee in the car, or Lord Sugar’s face when he saw Tenacity’s paper version which to make matters worse, was still in the box! And why can’t Solomon say the word “anatomical?” It’s not so difficult we think.

Daniel’s dramatic transformation

The biggest turn up for the books on Wednesday had to be the charisma transplant Daniel had been for during the past week. Instead of someone who routinely noised up every individual in his team, here was a team leader who considered the opinions of others, handed out praise when deserved and proved inspiring throughout the task (which was to collect nine items at the cheapest prices using £1000, business directories and a map of London).

Arch enemy Mark even praised Daniel’s team leader skills in the boardroom when he told Lord Sugar: “He’s turned over a new leaf, he’s willing to listen and is far more positive.”

Katie said she believed Tenacity were getting results because they were “finally working together as a team.” Ah sweet.


Felipe fails to impress

Until that is – that very four found themselves the team under threat in the boardroom. Then the praise turned to recrimination with lawyer Felipe getting it in the neck from all team members. His crime? To “think out the box” as he put it. What that means is he tried to pull one on Lord Sugar by ordering a paper skeleton rather than the real thing on the basis that Lord Sugar hadn’t specified “a real skeleton.” Hmm.

On learning it was the skeleton that cost Tenacity the team Katie told Felipe she’d “never been so angry in her life.” Just what kind of uneventful existence has she had up there in Sunderland all this time?

Other highlight’s of episode nine was Roisin’s brilliant bagging of a diamond for the fabulous knock-down price of £50. Admittedly there was a lot of eyelash fluttering and smiling involved. But don’t knock it – it worked!

Katie and Mark in Tenacity also pulled a blinder when they managed to buy a vial of oil for more than half the cost that Summit did. The reason? They bought it from the internet whereas Sanjay turned up at a posh shop. Meanwhile Daniel used his Jewish background to nab a 30% discount on a kosher chicken (whereas Sanjay, in a fit of stupidity, admitted he didn’t even know what this was).

And so to the board room execution. Make no bones about it, the skeleton did it for Felipe. Lord Sugar told him in no uncertain terms that fetching a paper skeleton had secured his departure.

On learning this bit of news, Daniel – who had been making his fourth appearance in the board room – breathed a huge sigh of relief while his right ear twitched uncontrollably. So convinced were the others that Daniel was in the firing line that when he appeared in the house he was greeted with a baffled silence. The contest continues…

Meanwhile, here at Accolade Events we have the skills and expertise to help you set up your own company’s Apprentice team building event. Read here for more information on this fun team building activity.

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