Archery Tag: A Unique and Competitive Team Building Event!

competitive team buildingAs the referee counted down you could hear harsh breaths behind safety masks.

Hands and biceps flexed on bows.

Suddenly at the starting signal, tennis shoes squeaked against linoleum as players rushed to grab arrows to fire at their coworkers. Then someone is too slow to dodge and gets hit with a soft thunk. So they jog off to the side, only to be let back into the game once a teammate scores a hit against one of the bonus targets. Finally, a coordinated volley of shots crosses the field and one team is named victorious.

The Format

This is Archery Tag, a new fun sport we were excited to play with ASICS America during their staff day. Played exactly as you’d imagine, teams fire cushioned arrows at opponents hoping to eliminate the opposing team first. Some brave players kept mobile and darted around the field, dodging arrows that came flying by. I preferred to hide behind the inflatable cover and snipe the other team when they weren’t expecting it.

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Each round in this high energy game goes quickly which makes it great for competitive team building. There was no need to be anxious about being hit by arrows. Players quickly laughed the mild sting off. The unique office game drew a crowd of onlookers happy to cheer their coworkers on. No prior knowledge of archery is needed to play. Most staffers were excited to try bow and arrow for the first time. I felt like a majestic elf warrior battling for freedom and glory…until I took an arrow to the face.

It’s Not All About Location, Location, Location

We were fortunate that ASICS America’s headquarters had an on site gymnasium, but the game can be run in any large multipurpose room or park. If you’re looking for an out of the box year end staff outing, consider inviting your team to shoot each other- SAFELY! Meanwhile we’ll be brainstorming other medieval battle techniques we could turn into team building challenges.

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Ready for Fun and Competitive Team Building? Let’s Do This!

To challenge your team to an archery tag Battle Royale, contact us at james@fireflyteamevents.com or 877.267.1939

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The Techno Rally: A Bold And Crazy Team Building Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a great way to get your group out of the meeting room and into the glorious sunlight? Imagine doing just that while also building strong working relationships in the process. These are the big draws for our ever popular Techno Rally team building scavenger hunt.

Location, Location, Location

First, pick any location. Our clients have been spotted arm-wrestling senior citizens and admiring Manic Panic hair-do’s in various parts of Los Angeles and Orange County. Any interesting location where you are having a meeting or group event is an option. Then, let us create a hilariously wacky adventure that your co-workers will thank you for arranging.

The Team Building Scavenger Hunt Is On!

Your group will be mixed into teams who will take on crazy challenges like re-enacting high school prom photo poses. So, we’ll give them a chance to cheese it up and chase each other down as they race against the clock to complete as many challenges as possible. Groups begin by picking team names that will strike fear in the hearts of their opponents. Then, each team will pick an “App Master” who will download our scavenger hunt mobile app. The app keeps the group in check as to what’s next on the timed agenda. Strategy is key because there’s no way to complete all tasks in the time allotted. Groups must wisely choose which tasks to tackle for the most points.

Finally, they’re off to snap photos with iconic local structures, interact with the locals, and other outlandish actions. Teams will be virtually race each other as they move up and down the app’s leader board throughout the event. And lastly, they must make it back to the final meeting point before the buzzer. We turn off the leader board results in the final moments, so the winner will be a surprise to all participants. The first round of drinks are on the winning team!

Personalization For The Win

Clients can add personal touches to the event with trivia questions or other checkpoint challenges related to the company. We will help you design the event to drive home a deeper team building message to everyone on your team. Contact James Bennett at james@fireflyteamevents.com to get a-movin’ and make this adventure happen!

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5 Fresh Ideas for Los Angeles Team Building Events

I love L.A., we love it!  We could sing all day of our love for Los Angeles. You will too when you see the endless team event opportunities in the City of Angels.  Team building is not only a fun mental break for your employees, but it also shows them that you value their well-being.  According to a Gallup study, 75% of workers leave their bosses, not their companies.  Be the boss your employees don’t want to leave while strengthening team bonds with these top Los Angeles team building activities.

I’m A Rocket Man

Your colleagues will seriously wonder, “how can this be my job?!” as they have a blast with our Launch It! Rockets event. The California Science Center is the perfect backdrop for your group to soak in the genius as they take on the challenge of designing, creating, and launching their own water rockets.

I Will Survive

Work together or die (figuratively); that’s the premise of our Manic Panic Escape Room event. There’s no better way to escape the clutches of madness than in any of the funky, mid-mod meeting spaces at The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles. For one hour, your group will have to think fast to solve mind-bending puzzles as the time whittles down. Lastly, they’ll make their escape to the final point: the rooftop bar for celebratory cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

He’s Going the Distance, He’s Going For Speed

Yes, there may be moments of silliness, but our Techno Rally is guaranteed to cause laughter and bonding moments. Even better as you race through Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street and Chinatown districts. Start at the iconic Los Angeles Union Station. From there, teams will divide and conquer as they wind up, down, and through the maze of history on our technology-based scavenger hunt event.

Work It, Make It, Do It!

Your group chooses one word that invokes a strong meaning and learns how to spray, dazzle, and dot their canvas in our Team Graffiti event. It’s big picture thinking guided by our world class graffiti artist. We can set up this creative and cutting edge art challenge anywhere (even indoors!) but there is nowhere better in the Los Angeles area than next to the iconic graffiti walls at Venice Beach.

All I Want To Do Is Have Some Fun

Team play is top priority for our Iron Team Challenge. Multiple challenge games that test the communication, cooperation, and critical thinking skills of your team can be set up on Santa Monica Beach.  Bring your team outside and they’ll want to keep playing until the sun comes up on Santa Monica Boulevard! 

We’re Los Angeles Team Building Gurus

Gather your team and make yourself the hero by incorporating some fun into their work life.  Having happier, healthier, and more engaged employees will be a positive by-product.  If you’re ready to partner with us on your next Los Angeles team building adventure, email james@fireflyteamevents.com.

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5 Fresh Ideas for Anaheim Team Events

I recently attended an expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.  It may have been a Disney fan convention.  My nerdy-ness knows no bounds.  If you are brought out to Anaheim for a sales conference or meeting, know that the city has so many unique venues for a team outing.  What was once just sprawling citrus groves is now jam-packed with entertainment options.  I’ve compiled my favorite ideas for Anaheim team events below.

1. Disneyland Scavenger Hunt

We’ll start with the giant mouse in the room.  Anaheim is most widely known as the home of Disneyland.  Its popularity is all encompassing and certain to peak with the upcoming addition of a Star Wars themed land.  I love Disneyland for all the great photo locations throughout the park.  Grab your team for FireFly’s most magical team building challenge: a scavenger hunt at Disneyland Resort.  We’ve run hunts both in the park and exclusively in the adjacent Downtown Disney shopping area so theme park admission isn’t always needed.  This option is great for staff that are bringing their families with them or teams that like to be a bit Goofy!

2. Escape Room Anaheim Team Events

FireFly’s love of escape rooms is well documented.  In fact, our facilitators have collectively completed over 50 rooms.  One of our absolute favorites is Cross Roads Escape Games, located in Anaheim!  We attempted their Hex Room together and had a blast.  Themed after the scary movie genre, we had to race to solve the case of the murderer and find our own survival tokens.  The Hex Room is unique because each participant is placed in their own room with limited communication to the rest of the team.  More so, its a unique challenge that benefits from a thorough debriefing afterwards.  Consider contracting an experienced facilitator to help your team draw meaning out of their experience.

3. Sports Go Sports!

Anaheim is home to two great sports teams.  The Angels baseball team and the Ducks hockey team.  Tickets to one of their exciting games is always a good incentive reward.  Make your team the star by booking Anaheim team events at the Honda Center or Angel Stadium.

4. OC Foodie Paradise

If you have any foodies in your group, you’ll need to visit the Anaheim Packing House. The building is one of the few remaining structures from the agricultural era of the town.  Take a culinary tour through the two story mecca of southern California cuisine.  You’ll often find local musicians performing free concerts here, so it’s a great spot for groups wanting food and entertainment on a budget.  This trendy spot is popular among locals so we recommend using Anaheim’s superior public transit to arrive stress free.

5. I.P.A. I.Q.

It might be due to the high population density of service industry workers, but Anaheim is home to some really good bars.  So if you like craft beer, Lyft over to Bottle Logic Brewing.  Craft beer made from SCIENCE!  You can even get your brew in a chemistry beaker.  I like their bar for the wide open seating area that’s perfect for mingling or as a setting for our Game Showdown.

Anaheim is a great city that extends beyond the tourist attractions.  If you’d like to enjoy the town with a kick awesome team building twist, contact us at james@fireflyteamevents.com or 877.267.1939

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How Successful Teams Make Team Building Count

Congratulations on completing your team building experience!  You should now have a super powered team that is completely perfect.  No?  Your team is only mostly perfect?  Well, that’s because your team building should never be “completed.”  The value of any team building comes from reflection and implementation.  The actual activity, while probably awesome and Instagram-worthy, is neutral in achieving your goals.  Follow these strategic steps to create value for your team in between epic outings. 

Debrief, Debrief, Debrief!

During your event one of our team building ninjas likely led your group in a discussion about how your team performed during the challenge.  Your company likely already has a debriefing procedure or strategy in place to discuss how projects turn out. Debriefing is where we examine the experience to find the value and actionable data. The key with team building debriefing is the actual activity is inconsequential.  The specifics of what your team did to accomplish a team building challenge doesn’t matter nearly as much as how your group functioned. 

Michelle Cummings, a leader in team development and coauthor of A Teachable Moment warns “If participants are not allowed to reflect on their experiences and relate them to the outside world, then a lot of the learning may be lost” (Cummings. “Effective Debriefing Tools and Techniques”) Gather the team together once you’re back at the office.  Engage with the staff about how they felt and what they noticed after the activity.  You can even ask each member to write down one take away from the event. Utilize these takeaways as talking points in the future. Check out Cumming’s guide “Effective Debriefing Tools and Techniques” for some great ideas on switching up your debriefing technique. It will keep things fresh and interesting.

Check In

Regularly check back in with the team about their takeaways. Have they noticed any topics or trends that you discussed during the debrief? How have they been applying their takeaways to their current projects and responsibilities?  It doesn’t have to be a big meeting, but regular reminders will help strengthen the lessons and your team will ultimately get better at applying the concepts.  Forbes encourages managers to look at team building as an important investment.  As with most investments you don’t want it to go to waste.  You’ll need to provide “maintenance” on those lessons if you want them to continue working.

Remember the Team Building Fun

If a staff member groans about team building, you’re doing it wrong.  One of the most important elements of successful team building is buy in. Buy in requires trust, clear targets, and a transparency. Don’t make assumptions on behalf of your staff’s perceptions.  I stated that the activity is immaterial, but there is a reason we host dodgeball tournaments or graffiti experiences and not Power Point presentations.  Intrigue and excite your staff and they’ll be more likely to support the activity. You can still have a powerful experience with a “fun” activity. 

Continued Investment

Book another event!  I know, shameless self promotion right?  But for truly meaningful team building one outing a year isn’t going to make a drastic difference.  Show your staff you want to invest in them by making time for multiple employee enriching activities.  This will increase their engagement in both the process and your company.

To continue your team building journey or if you want to begin this adventure of staff enrichment contact us at james@fireflyteamevents.com or 877.267.1939

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Christmas in July Summer Team Building Ideas

As temperatures rise and summer vacation photos float around the office you may notice a drop off in employee engagement and energy.  When you think back to the holidays when everyone was excited about what lay in store for the future of the company you may wonder how to recapture that festive spirit.  Summertime is a great opportunity to promote team bonding.  You don’t need to wait until December for the office holiday party with these Christmas in July summer team building ideas.

Charity Bike Build

Most offices only consider their corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment during the holidays, but you can do some good year round.  Firefly Team Events’ Bike Build will fill your team with holiday cheer.  At this event which can be run in the office or as part of an outing, your teams will be led through the assembly of children’s bicycles.  We also bring craft supplies out so employees can make personalized cards which turn these donations into heartfelt gifts.  Local, underprivileged kids get as excited for these gifts as they do for Christmas morning.

Ice Skating

Cool your staff off with an outing to the local ice rink.  With the high powered air conditioning, you could even pair it with an ugly sweater competition.  Many rinks have offers for private group lessons from professional trainers and former Ice Capade performers.  If your team has a competitive streak, try a game of broom ball.  Cap off your team bonding day with some hot cocoa and cookies to make everyone feel warm and cozy.

Great Bake Off

Nothing reminds me of the holidays more than baked goods exploding from every corner of the house.  Have a dessert potluck so everyone can share their favorite family recipe.  Provide recipe cards for the event.  For a bigger party rent out an industrial kitchen like The Hood Kitchen Space and have your team work together to create a full holiday feast.  Summer team building with a side of gravy- yes please!

Bit of the Bubbly

Everyone has a favorite holiday drink.  My favorite is hot buttered rum, but Food Network has lots of other suggestions.  Celebrate your Christmas inspired cocktails with FireFly’s event, Bar Fight- Mixology!  Teams answer trivia questions to earn money for ingredients to use in their creations.  We’ll bring the brave judges for the competition so everyone can participate even if they’re a non-drinker.  Part pub trivia, part mixology competition and all that’s merry and bright- Bar Fight gets your team laughing for a memorable, out of the ordinary experience.

Christmas in July Summer Team Building BONUS: Auld Lang Syne

Is your company launching a new program?  Offering a new service?  Celebrate its release with a New Year’s Eve inspired countdown.  Build up the excitement for this exciting development and allow your team to cheer for its ultimate implementation.  Noisemakers and plastic top hats strongly recommended.

For these or other Christmas in July team building ideas contact our favorite elf by emailing james@fireflyteamevents.com

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5 Orange County Summer Team Building Events to Excite Your Office

Are your employees and colleagues feeling the summer lull?  Looking for something to get them reinvested in your company’s team goals?  Then up-size your corporate culture with these motivating Orange County summer team building activities.  Start a new #hashtagtrend and most of all, bring about some lasting high-five buddy moments with these five team building ideas.

The Top 5 Orange County Summer Team Building Options

  1. Outrigger Canoe Racing – Orange County is known for its pristine beaches and magnificent Newport Harbor. So create an office outing that capitalizes on our surrounding beauty! Bring your group out to the harbor to compete with and against each other as they paddle along a set course.
  2. Golf & Give – Bring their dream of golfing for the afternoon to life with a charitable team building twist. Teams will create their own mini golf hole with non-perishable food items and play throughout the course.  And best of all, the food items are then donated to our local Orange County food bank.
  3. Techno Rally Scavenger Hunt – Pick your favorite Orange County location, and we’ll design a summer scavenger adventure they’ll never forget! Contestants will use their tech addiction to their advantage as they use their smart phones to decipher clues that will lead them to their next location or crazy photo stunt.
  4. Future Heroes – There’s nothing hotter than the superhero craze that’s happening this summer. Join in the trend by organizing an office party that celebrates your own company heroes in addition to helping them spread their inspiring message to children in need.  Your group will design kits that contain everything your child superhero will need to become out of this world extraordinary.
  5. Escape Room: Manic Panic – Fire up your group’s mental engines with this puzzling and fun team building mission. Bring the summer sizzle inside for this 1-hour mind-bending quest to stop the clock and save the world!

We can help make your next Orange County summer team building event amazing!

Isn’t it time for a summer office party that doesn’t just include hot dogs and hamburgers in the back parking lot? Rather, it’s time to bond your team with an energetic team building event that creates lasting friendships and hilarious stories.

Contact us today at james@fireflyteamevents.com or 877.267.1939 to book these or any one of our team building experiences!  Better yet, let us use our imagination to create a custom event designed especially for you.

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Dodgeball Tournament Team Building: Your Next Extreme Team Experience

You are a competitive force to be reckoned with.  You’re not interested in a Kumbaya learning moment, but a chance to demonstrate the wreckage you can cause with your kick butt team.  You need to experience our extreme Dodgeball Tournament team building event.

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Who: You and a handful of coworkers.

Against: The rest of the force.

Where: Literally anywhere, we’ve hosted dodgeball tournaments on the beach, in parks, and indoors.

Why: Because your team is awesome and deserves an awesome team building experience.

Setting the Stage for Dodgeball Tournament Team Building

We start off every tournament by assigning teams and gearing up.  You bring the “hoo” we’ll bring the “rah”.  Those who can’t or don’t wish to participate we’ll crown cheer captains and festoon them with more noise makers than you can shake a spirit stick at.

Next up is a group warm up led by our experienced facilitators.  Just because we’re chucking balls at each other with force doesn’t mean we actually want to injure anyone.  Once everyone’s muscles have been properly prepared your group will square off against others in a round robin style tournament to crown the ultimate victor.   You’ll need to practice the “5 D’s of Dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!”  You can choose to have larger teams with alternates to allow for some breathing time during games.  Even your strongest athletes will appreciate the respite as this sport is intense!  All games will be refereed by our trained staff. Hence there’ll be no funny business with regards to rules or safety.   We promise not to throw any wrenches at you.

So whether your team is a bunch of Average Joe’s or more like the Purple Cobras round them up at your next team outing.  Our Dodgeball Tournament team building event can be run at a variety of different venues which makes it a flexible option for sales conferences, team bonding activities or motivational meetings.  For more information about our team building events or to hear more decade old movie references contact us at james@fireflyteamevents.com.

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Office Team Building Idea: Stage a Nerf Battle!

Here’s your excuse to buy that rotating triple barrel precision shot Nerf blaster you’ve been eyeing in the toy section.  Play, such as firing foam darts, is a valuable office team building activity that can actually increase productivity by providing employee fun.  And yes, I’m serious about this.  I never joke about fun.

The Power of Play

As children we are encouraged to play to strengthen our creativity, build problem solving skills and improve communication.  Once we grow up however, we’re expected to stop playing and focus on “work”.  Work tends to involve using creativity and communication to solve problems, so why does play suddenly become unimportant once our ages pass the range listed on toy packaging?  Scientists like Stuart Brown have been studying the correlation between play and success at the National Institute for Play. Psychologists have begun encouraging adults to harness the power of play so that we can continue to reap the benefits of it.

Office Team Building Nerf Battle: A How-To

Meanwhile, foam violence has been sweeping across the offices of America with widespread popularity. Online retailers like ThinkGeek have even developed sections of their websites for the sport of Office Warfare.  Rather than stage a potential HR headache-causing battle between staff, we love Dude Perfect’s use of a challenge course and competitive play in this YouTube example-

While Dude Perfect’s intensive setup is awesome, don’t feel you need such a big production for some great office team building.

  • Try scrawling target designs on Post Its and stick them around the office.
  • Once someone hits a target, they collect it as a trophy.
  • At the end of the event you can tally up the scores by counting the collected Post Its.

For an ongoing team building game, stick targets up unannounced.  Staff can race to be the first to notice and shoot the new target.

For help getting your play on at your office, sales meeting or conference give us a call at 877.267.1939 or email james@fireflyteamevents.com.

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Mobile Escape Room – Team Building @ Pasea Hotel

The clock was counting down and nobody wanted to see it hit ZERO! That was the scene during our mobile escape room experience at the Pasea Hotel in Huntington Beach for our client’s team building sessions. The first few moments are chaos and then the wheels start turning. Your group begins to unravel the puzzles, tasks, and challenges that lead to the answer. Switches get flipped to reveal important information. Wires are cut to avoid catastrophic meltdowns. If your team makes the right moves, communicates well, and can embrace trust they’ll save the world.

escape room team building corporate group meetingFor this client they had 2 groups of 15 people that they wanted to pit against the super villain we built our room around. We ran the room in 2 sessions with a debrief at the end. In the team building world we know that it’s not the activity that is important. It’s how your group shows up and performs during the activity. The debrief allows us to help the group reflect on the experience and draw meaning from the day. Escape rooms are a natural fit for team building and we LOVE watching the excitement build as the groups solve our puzzles. They’re an exciting new way for groups in Los Angeles and Orange county to revisit the skills that successful team need to succeed.

Add an escape room team building experience to your next conference, meeting or outing in Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego. Call us at 877.267.1939