Outrigger Canoe Team Building – Out-paddle the Competition!

outrigger canoe team buildingAloha! Last week we gathered with TYR Sport in Long Beach to enjoy a sunset paddle for our Outrigger Canoe Team Building Race event. Participants were treated to a brief lesson on the history of outrigger canoeing in California and a hands-on lesson in paddling. Then it was into the canoes for the tournament!

Our experienced na ho‘okele (steerers) captained each canoe and urged the teams to huki (paddle fast)! Their expertise was welcome since outrigger canoes are much more difficult to navigate than regular boats. Outrigger canoes require synchronicity and communication between teammates. Hence, outrigger racing is perfect for team building! If crews are able to work together they can get their vessels cutting quickly through the waves. Their speed when manned by a cohesive team invokes the memory that these canoes were once used as powerful war vehicles.

outrigger canoe team buildingHere in California, outrigger racing has been a popular sport since 1959. That’s when we held the inaugural race from Orange County to Avalon, Catalina and back. FireFly’s race is much shorter, spanning a football field’s length of sheltered channel. Crews gathered on the sand to cheer on the other teams and await their turn to compete. Soon the instructors shouted “HO‘OMAKAUKAU!” meaning “get ready!” Team members piled into the canoes and set off for the starting line. The chase boat followed along, directing the participants and transporting yours truly to get the best action shots of our athletes. Crews chanted to keep rhythm like dancers or drill sergeants “One, two, one, two!” I think singing Moana songs would have been equally effective. We held many heiheis (races) until we ultimately crowned the victor.

The winners showed off their medals as the sun sank below the horizon. The event was equal parts exhilarating and tranquil. The thrill of physical competition was complimented by the peaceful protected bay and gorgeous weather. Our participants worked up a hearty appetite and certainly deserved the dinner that they headed off to as they outrigger canoe team buildingtraded stories of the day.

Outrigger Canoe Team Building with FireFly Team Events

If your team is up for an adventure, contact us to schedule your own Outrigger Canoe Race and learn the ho‘owala‘au wa‘a (canoe lingo).

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80s Themed Team Building: Totally 80s Decathalawn

We had a totally radical time with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company at the Pasea Hotel in Huntington Beach for an 80s themed team building event. Our newest, coolest and raddest Totally 80s Decathalawn! Our tubular clients came dressed to impress with leg warmers, bright makeup and BIG hair! Awesome costumes included Marty McFly, Slash, Madonna, Ghostbusters and lots of Jazzercise get-ups. Even our team got in on the neon fashion action!

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Classic 80s Games With a Team Building Twist

We introduced new games inspired by the decade we were celebrating. Teamwork really came into play with Team Pac-Man. Individual team members controlled isolated movements of our favorite pie man. Everyone worked together to make sure Pac-Man ate all his Pac-Dots while avoiding the ghosts!

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What do chopsticks, pencils and red solo cups have in common? They were all supplies for Double Dare, where teams competed head to head in zany feats using common household items. We loved how competitive the teams were throughout the game. Shouting counts as team communication, right?

The most challenging game of the day was our cooperative take on the classic Operation board game. Teams had to work together to carefully remove pieces from the game board without setting off the buzzer! We salute those who were successful.

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Everyone performed well on our Totally 80s Trivia Quiz. Nobody was a goober and teams remembered those Happy Days like they were yesterday!

It was a beautiful day on the Pasea Hotel’s lawn overlooking the ocean. And the great event was capped off with dancing to the groovy tunes of a local 80s cover band. Seeing everyone let loose and have fun being creative and a little silly was for sure what made this team building event a memorable one.

Let’s like, totally get this 80s themed team building started.

If your team is looking for a dose of nostalgia and action packed fun, contact us at 877.267.1939 or email james@fireflyteamevents.com.

 

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Large Group Team Building: 5 Ideas With A CSR Focus!

As we look toward the end of the year I get excited for our corporate give back events.  I love seeing the ways companies use their corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitments to become heroes to their local communities.  Whether your company culture includes year round employee volunteering or a charitable large group team building event, here are five ways your team can give back.

1. Beach Clean Up Large Group Team Building

large-group-team-building-beach-cleanupAll the fun in the sun of a beach day coupled with the feel good emotions of civic responsibility make beach clean ups a popular option.  Plenty of gloves, trash bags and trash pickers help keep the gross factor down while staff comb the shore for “buried treasure”.  Consider giving the event a competitive edge and reward the team that has the most bags filled.  Be sure to take before and after pictures so your team can reflect on all the good they did for the environment!

2. Toy Drive with a Twist

large-group-team-building-toy-driveSpice up your year-end Toys for Tots drive with a Minute to Win It: Holiday Edition event.  Offer up awesome toys as prizes that winning teams can earn for each round of competition playing games inspired by the television show, Minute to Win It. Then round up these toys to make a truly meaningful donation delivery.  Cap the night off with hot cocoa and caroling for a festive good time.  And might we suggest one of the games your staff of elves compete in be the “Tinsel Twerk”?

3. Bike Build

large-group-team-building-bike-buildA popular option for a reason.  Everyone remembers receiving their first bike.  Bicycles symbolize freedom, self reliance, and opportunity.  Avoid the headache of following complicated instructions by having our facilitators gamify the experience.  Teams can compete to earn parts for their bicycle and then be assisted in the assembly by experienced technicians.

4. Local Nonprofit Love

If you’re wondering how to best benefit your local community- just ask!  We loved helping Working Wardrobes which provides professional interview wear for homeless or financially unstable applicants.  Staff were able to volunteer their time in sorting donations and organizing inventory.  Many local organizations appreciate the man hours that large groups can provide.

5. Super Hero Kits For Kids

large-group-team-buildingWe think the brave kids battling illness at children’s hospitals are super heroes and they need to supplies to look the part.  Your team can flex their creativity and imagination by creating shields and masks for local super kids.

These activities can stand alone or be paired with other events like year end meetings or holiday parties.  There’s no wrong way to give back, so feel free to think outside the box.  We’ve decorated duffel bags for foster youth, painted surfboards for injured veterans, and assembled hygiene kits for those displaced from permanent housing.

Contact us at james@fireflyteamevents.com or 877.267.1939 and we’ll help you champion a cause important to your team that also makes the largest impact.  Allow your team to shine and enjoy those warm fuzzies you get from giving back to your community with large group team building!

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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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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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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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3 Charity Team Activities for Sales Meetings

No doubt over the next several weeks, your company will hold a sales meeting to share in the corporate successes of 2016 and discuss the best interest of your organization for the new year.  As far as your employees can expect, it’ll be conducted as many a sales meeting before, with talk of market strategy and bottom lines.    

Imagine, if you will, a scene in which your sales meeting is coupled with a charitable team building event!  Suddenly your attendees are talking more than facts and figures; they’re actively engaged in a task that will transform the community you serve!  Several options exist to make your upcoming meeting the best it’s ever been!


Charity Bicycle Builds

A symbol of freedom and possibility, your teams will assemble bicycles for youth in your community.  Make a true difference in the lives of at-risk children by partnering with The Boys & Girls Club of America or your local YMCA.  For many of these children, you’ll build and deliver the very first bicycle they’ve ever owned!

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A child’s early engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will help to pave the way to high-demand careers in their future.  Spark innovation in the mind of a child as you team with a nonprofit in your area, such as KidWorks of Orange County, to fill backpacks with science related materials.   

Care Packages

Donate your time and resources to boosting the spirits of children when you partner with local charities like Human Options and Families Forward.  Smiles are genuine when they receive backpacks and teddy bears made with love.

For more information or to book your charitable San Diego, Orange County, or Los Angeles event, contact james@fireflyteamevents.org.  You can rely on more than ten years of industry know how when FireFly Team Event’s coordinates an experience tailored specifically for your organization.  It’ll be an event that neither your organization’s employees nor those you help will ever forget!

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5 Team Building Ideas for Your Orange County Meeting

From Newport to Huntington Beach, from Irvine to Anaheim, the Orange County team building options are huge! With dozens of customizable team building concepts for your next staff meeting, incentive event, sales kickoff, or holiday party, FireFly Team Events knows just how to amp up the fun of your next gathering! We also understand that team building is more than fun and games. Our amazing facilitators will help your team recognize how these experiences can reveal powerful messages about your team. Take a look at some of our Client favorites below.

1. Scavenger Hunts That Don’t Suck

It’s team against team as you take to the streets of Orange County for our our Techno Rally! Crews compete for a first place ranking in our wild photo, trivia, and checkpoint challenges.You won’t find the standard scavenger hunt challenges in our hunts. Our staff has a created a hilarious assortment of social interactions that will keep your team laughing. This team builder is completely customizable and works with any size group! We highly recommend the following areas for your hunt: Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Downtown Fullerton, Downtown Orange, Downtown, Santa Ana,  and Downtown Disney.  Read More

people scavenger hunt corporate team building2. Team Olympics or Iron Team Challenge

This last team standing, winner take all Iron Team Challenge is loaded with team building fun! Groups are put to the test as they go head to head in our wacky challenges. We’ll have you relaying, searching, solving, and high fiving from start to finish! This is our unique version of a team olympics rooted in fun and team building concepts. This is the perfect event for Salt Creek Park next to the Dana Point Ritz Carlton or the beach in front of the Pasea Hotel in Huntington Beach. You’ll need trust, communication, and leadership if your team wants gold! Read More

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3. Tactical Challenge

Looking for an experience that you can’t find anywhere else in Orange County or the United States? Look no further than our Tactical Challenge! Your team will learn practical hand-to-hand combat and self defense skills in this interactive weapons experience. This amazing experience is a peek into how your team performs under stress. After you’ve saved the world from the forces of evil you can put your skills to the test in our Top Shooter competition! It’s within 30 minutes driving to the Ritz Carlton, Hotel Irvine,  St. Regis, The Resort at Pelican Hill and John Wayne Airport. [This event is site specific] Read More

4. Minute To Win It

Considering something a little more lighthearted? Minute Madness takes a group approach to the famous TV game show, Minute To Win It! Each lightning-fast round is packed with silliness that’ll give everyone the giggles. Teams compete to complete a deceptively simple challenge before their opponents. This pairs great with cocktail hour if your onsite at a hotel like the Hyatt Huntington Beach or Newport Beach Marriott! Read More

5. Graffiti Team Buildingteam building graffiti group photo

Mural Madness takes team building and graffiti to a whole new level. It’s all about collaboration as crew members learn skills from world class graffiti artists to create one-of-a-kind piece. With spray paint in hand, crews will transform a blank canvas into art! This bold and colorful creative exploration is all about identity at the personal, cultural, and brand levels. Explore your team identity outside the office in this unique experience. We’ve produced this event in a variety of venues like Lantern Bay Park in front of the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Huntington Beach Resort and Spa Hyatt Regency, and event a clients parking structure in Irvine. Read More

Leave it to our experts to plan your next event! For more OC team building opportunities and to book your event, go to www.fireflyteamevents.com or contact james@fireflyteamevents.com.