I sometimes get frustrated at the way some trainers use activities. In short, activities can be excellent, but you really need to know why you’re using them and what people are going to get from them.
Other, more practical Team bonding activities Singapore seem to abound on the net. I say “seem” because there are actually just a few that are copied and made available from a large number of sites. Search for games like “Spider’s Web”, for example, and you’ll see almost 9,000 results. Apart from the fact that there are relatively few of them despite them being so widespread, they are also relatively short activities. Whereas Lost at Sea and similar options can gainfully engage a team for up to an hour and half or more, these free practical options are best suited to 15 minutes slots. In fact they are probably better as icebreakers than they are to run a full team session.
The Queen’s Staircase is the tower that could give you the best sights that the island could offer. The good thing with this activity is that you don’t get taken instantly to the top. You will in fact walk. With its peak being the highest point in the island, you will need a lot of water on your bag or else get tired easily. A comfortable shoe could also help in getting there!
Bandits: Form troops of three or more members. Disguise one person as a bandit for each troop. Each troop gets a Team building activities description of the bandit and a map of the terrain. All troops have to assemble at a predetermined place at the end of the time specified, say after two hours. Within this time they have to capture the bandit. There will be as many bandits as there are troops, so each troop has to use the description of their bandit and capture the right person. This game requires group planning and decision making.
13. Golf Day – Group golf for teambuilding and exercise. Have at least two teams. Each person tees off. Next shots are played from the team’s best shot.
Everyone loves a good game of capture the flag. You can divide your team into 2 groups. Make sure that you put children with people they may not know very well; this encourages new bonds. Once groups have been divided let the children choose a leader; this person will delegate and help the team either win, or lose.
Tightrope Walking: Tie a twenty foot rope into a circle. Let all the participants stand around in a circle and hold the rope, with half an arm’s length gap between each person. All the people in the circle grab on to the rope tightly and lean backwards as much as they can so that the rope is taut. One person, with the help of a broomstick or staff to use as support, climbs on to the rope and walks around the circle. This activity promotes team building and trust.