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    Team-Building Ideas That Will Have Groups Asking for S’more

     
    POSTED April 30, 2019
     
  • Sponsored

    Team-Building Ideas That Will Have Groups Asking for S’more

     
    POSTED April 30, 2019
     
  • Sponsored

    Team-Building Ideas That Will Have Groups Asking for S’more

     
    POSTED April 30, 2019
     

Sponsored by Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

As a meeting planner, you have a lot riding on your shoulders. You have to ensure that meetings go off without a hitch, that they are productive, and that each team member has an “a-ha” moment, a take away, or a tool that will benefit them and the team. So you plan and plan. One of the most challenging details is planning a meaningful team-building experience. These have to be more than just a way to break up a meeting and engage your team; they also have to strengthen your group.  

Here are a few on-and off-site options that are both physically and mentally challenging.

  1. Escape rooms: Working together and communication are at a premium in this fun and challenging team-building activity. Teams enter a locked room and have to work together to decipher clues and escape.
  2. Ropes and Team-Challenge Courses: Conquer your fears by working together - plus it’s a lot of fun.
  3. Employee Mystery Game: This detective game of sorts is a fun way for your team to get to know each other better. The game starts with a handful of fun unknown facts about team members. For example, “Someone in this room won a blue ribbon at the State Fair for best Blueberry pie.” The team then tries to figure out who it is without directly asking the question.
  4. Amazing Race – Team-Building Edition: This is a team scavenger hunt where you must work together to solve the clues and find items. The first team to find all the items wins.
  5. Fun Activities: Other options include two truths and a lie, ghost stories by the campfire, and dining in the dark (eating while blindfolded).

But wait…there’s always room for a little s’more team building:

When the meetings are done, and the day has ended, how do you know that all that planning paid off?  How do you know if the meeting was productive and rewarding, not only to your team, but to you as well?  

The easiest way is to gather your team, start a bonfire, listen for the loons on Bay Lake, and enjoy a traditional “up north” Minnesota s’more. Planners can also load up their team on a pontoon for a cruise around the island with their s’mores in a glass and sit back to let Mother Nature top off the night. You will find your reward on your teams’ faces as the fresh air rejuvenates them and a renewed spirit takes over the group.

S’more in a Glass
 – In a mason jar, add 3 TBS crushed Graham Crackers, small handful of mini marshmallows, 4-6 toasted marshmallows, 3-4 TBS chocolate sauce and Cream Liqueur. 
– You can substitute marshmallow flavored vodka for cream liqueur.
– For non-drinkers, substitute hot cocoa.

*Recommendation: Minnesota’s own North Mallow Artisan Marshmallows are a fantastic substitute for the traditional marshmallow.  They are all-natural, no preservative nuggets of deliciousness that come in three flavors: vanilla, caramel swirl, and chocolate.  As a bonus, they are gluten free and because they don’t contain high fructose corn syrup, they will not catch fire giving you that golden marshmallow every time.

Sponsored by Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge is a traditional up north Minnesota Lodge located on Bay Lake. Whether you are planning a small or large group meeting, a large conference, a corporate retreat, or some other event, Ruttger’s offers a variety of meeting spaces to ensure a productive meeting, along with Mother Nature as she helps set the stage for success and inspiration with her natural beauty. Group meetings held by the lake, with an evening fire, and cruise around the island will for sure inspire, rejuvenate, and help build lasting relationships among your team members.

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Denver-based Dazbog Coffee has delivered a taste of Russia and Colorado through its eye-catching packaging, branding, small-batch roasting and blending of hand-selected coffee from around the globe. Leonid and Anatoly Yuffa immigrated to The Mile High City from St. Petersburg, Russia with their family in 1979 and later combined their skill sets and business savvy to launch Dazbog Coffee in 1996. Today, the company has more than 30 coffee shops across Colorado and Wyoming and a product line with names like KGBlend and White Nights Espresso.