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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).

80s themed team building

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!

80s themed team building

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!

80s themed team building

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.

80s themed team building

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.

 

Fun Corporate Holiday Parties in Orange County

Shields for kidsTry something fresh for your corporate holiday party in Orange County, Los Angeles or San Diego! The holidays are more than days-off and lots of sugar. They are a celebration and recognition of all the hard work leading up to the end of the year. Your team deserves more than bowling. The party options we’ve assembled below offer community give back options and unique experiences that will allow you to build for the future. Team building is a great fit for your holiday party.

Future Heroes
Every day there are children all over the world fighting. Some fight disease while others might face poverty. Are you ready to make a difference? Our Future Heroes event provides a way for each of your teams to craft new super charged super hero identities for very deserving local children. You’ll use your creativity and competitive spirit to design a super hero starter kit. They’ll get custom mask, cardboard shield, and a how-to booklet for all aspiring heroes. Our light hearted fun event designs will have your team laughing, working together, and making a difference. We can produce this fun corporate event in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County. View More Details

Launch It

Launch, lift, and propel objects further, higher and more accurately than the other teams! This is the perfect event for teams that like to go BIG. You’ll be responsible for creating projectile contraptions like slingshots, rockets, and catapults. Each round you’ll receive supplies and instructions for a new height, distance or accuracy challenge. Build the best device and you’ll earn BIG points for your team. Teams LOVE hurling objects in pursuit of the win!!! View More Details

Minute Madness

Your teams will compete for the top spot in our team-based version of the popular game show – Minute To Win It. Instead of competing solo Your team will have to complete 1 minute wacky challenges to try and out score the competition. You’ll be laughing hysterically from the first to last challenges in this hilarious event! View additional Details

Bike Build

A bicycle is more than just a toy in the life of a child. Every time the turn the handlebars they’re making a choice. Each press of the pedals gets them to their destination under their own power. Bikes can help kids feel empowered to be independent, fit, and motivated. HG Wells once said that for every adult he saw on a bike he had hope for the world. We like to say the putting kids on bikes gives up hope for the future. Gather your team and get ready for a transformative team experience for your coworkers and the kids that receive the bikes. Create a breathtaking experience for local children for your employee party.  View Additional Details

Team Building with Visit Huntington Beach

Visit Huntington Beach staff

Visit Huntington Beach staff

We had a great day out with Visit Huntington Beach in Central Park. They have a wonderful staff working hard to make HB a great place for visitors! It was a two part day with team building challenges in the morning. In the afternoon we facilitated a brainstorming session to develop a new Mission and Vision statement. Thanks Visit HB!

Need to work on communication, trust, or leadership? Interested in new brainstorming and creativity techniques? Give us a call at 877.267.1939

 

 

2 Alternative Team Building Ideas: Orange County Team Building

Already done a scavenger hunt? Need a new idea? We love fresh new corporate team building events that we can offer our clients! Here’s two ideas that are definitely NOT your traditional team event and perfect for Orange County, Anaheim, or Los Angeles.

Mural Madness – Graffiti Lessons as Team Building

Move over Banksy! NO ARTISTIC SKILL NEEDED! Want a group activity to break-up the powerpoints? Let them experience the thrill of creating a new memory through graffiti. Our graffiti lesson focuses on the the act of creating a masterpiece. Your team will get a lesson from our world class graffiti and street artists. They’ll learn about flares, fades, and can control. Then they’ll combine efforts with the artists to create a gallery worthy work of art. It’s a fast, fun, and rewarding team event that they’ll talk about for a long time.

Tactical Team Up – Weapons training as Team Building

Want to add some excitement to the work day or conference?  We’ll put your team in front of advanced weapons simulators & tactical training session. Drop them into an adrenaline charged scenario and let them take care of business! How will your team stack up against our virtual assailants and adrenaline spiking scenarios?

Call us at 877.267.1939 to discuss ideas or pricing in Orange County or surrounding areas. You can also reach us at james@fireflygroupevents.com