• Mixing it up in 2017
• Technology and teambuilding
Let us ‘pose’ a question.
Where do you see your next meeting or event and what types of activities do you have in mind to keep attendees engaged with your content and their surroundings? Consider mixing it up a bit this year, find ways to keep attendees mingling by opting for a great outdoor teambuilder.
When it comes to ‘posing,’ most people know all about #selfies. Starved Rock Lodge, near Oglesby, IL, has tapped into the photographer in all of us with their ‘Selfie Stops.’ Take six selfies from their immense list of opportunities and show them to the Front Desk for your chance at a unique souvenir. Break your group into teams and create a Selfie Stop scavenger hunt for added fun and don’t forget to use the hashtag: #starvedrockselfie when sharing on your social media channels.
Adventurous groups truly enjoy the area, featuring 13 miles of hiking trails, seasonal waterfalls, 18 canyons, and trolley tours. Jenny Roulston, Sales Director for Starved Rock Lodge, suggests you “allow some free time for your attendees to experience the park and trails. This will help energize and relax the attendee and they’ll become more focused.” It takes about an hour to walk from the Lodge to the top of Starved Rock, in and out of French Canyon, and back to the Lodge.
“The staff did a great job…I’ve never had such a great experience planning and dealing with an off-premise meeting for almost 40 people before,” raved a planner for JB Hunt, about their experience at Starved Rock Lodge.
Another resort mixing modern technology and teambuilding, Wooded Glen Retreat and Conference Center in Henryville, IN takes groups on ‘Geo-Missions.’ Combining technology, nature, and adventure to provide an out-of-the-box experience, Geo-Mission gives teams a GPS unit and clues to various waypoints. When waypoints are reached, teams must find a particular object or complete a challenge to earn points. Racing against time and other teams, this is a two-hour wooded gallivant that will have attendees thinking, laughing, and working together without disruption.
Whether you are booking for a group large or small, consider resorts with great outdoor spaces, meeting room, and an abundance of interactive, outdoor activities. No two lodges are exactly the same, find the one that calls to your group and goals. Remind your attendees who aren’t ‘outdoorsy,’ that magic happens outside the comfort zone. Enjoy!