Top 5 Summer Lakeside Teambuilding Ideas

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    POSTED January 25, 2018
     
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Sponsored by Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

Spending time on, in or near the shores of a clear, clean lake is a beloved part of life in Minnesota.  A lake turns an ordinary business trip into a retreat. That’s why so many planners look for meeting and conventions locations on the water.

But when the meetings, breakout sessions and eating are done, and your team races to the water, what are some fun, out-of-the-ordinary teambuilding ideas? Here are a few of our favorites.

1. S’mores Contest

Nothing goes together quite like a lake, a bonfire and s’mores. Kick up a traditional s’mores feast with an Iron Chef s’mores competition. Put out marshmallows, graham crackers, Hershey bars but add an assortment of other confectionary delights (peanut butter, Nutella, assorted other chocolate bars, nuts, bacon, caramel, etc.). Break into teams to create a s’mores masterpiece. The boss is the judge, but because everyone gets to eat s’mores, you’ll all be winners.

2. Brew Cruise

Pair a great craft beer with a peaceful pontoon cruise around the lake. Add in a sunset and you have a perfect summer evening. Most craft breweries are willing to host a cruise featuring their special brews.

3. Water Olympics

For the more adventure-seeking groups, plan some time on the water, and make a contest out of it. A relay race involving kayaking, swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding or water biking is an exciting way to connect with the lake. And just for fun, make it a requirement to do a cannon ball to cross the finish line.

4. Water Jet Pack

Though many of us are still waiting for the jet packs we were promised as children, water jet packs are very real and extremely fun. For a modest hourly price, water jet pack organizations (Search “water jetpack rental Minnesota” for one near you) will come to you and let your team take flight. This is an experience you will not soon forget.

5. Lakefront “Drive-in” Movies

Movie night, outdoors under the stars. Play it straight and pick a classic movie, or go campy and pick a cult classic. Either way, it’s a great way to spend an evening together. And, course, there needs to be popcorn, candy and beer, wine and other refreshments. Some venues have large outdoor movie screens to project a movie, but if they don’t, renting an inflatable screen is affordable.

6. BONUS idea – Paddle Pubs

You’ve seen the peddle pubs cruising downtown Minneapolis. Paddle pubs are the same, but on the lake. Hop on board a modified pontoon, belly up to the bar and start peddling, drinking and teambuilding.

Sponsored by Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

Ruttger’s is the longest, continually owned family resort in the state of Minnesota. Beautiful facilities and a friendly staff will make your event a success. The smell of a bonfire, a picturesque round of golf, a day on the water and spectacular sunsets will make it unforgettable.

Meggan has been the Sales Manager at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge for two years. Before joining Ruttger’s she held the same title at Buca di Beppo for 6 years. Meggan is a Foodie with over 15 years in the hospitality industry, and is a member of MPI, IAAP & Associations North. When not assisting planners and devising creative outdoor, lake-related teambuilding events, she is keeping up with her 3 kids, cooking authentic Latin recipes or binge watching Destination Travel.