Leadership & Team Building - YMCA Camp Silver Beach | YMCA of South Hampton Roads
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Team Building Activities
YMCA Camp Silver Beach is here for you and the members of your group. Whether you want to learn, play or grow as a team, we’ll help you accomplish your goals while having an enjoyable and memorable experience.

  • Building Your Team
    The goal is to build the tallest structure possible by incorporating strategic planning within time constraints, executing a group plan and knowing when to abort the plan and try something different as a team. This activity identifies roles, weaknesses in the decision making process, and ultimately solutions.
  • Magic Shoes
    Identify team members’ strengths and weaknesses and utilize them strategically in a team setting to reach the goal and help to build appreciation of diversity. This activity can also serve as an icebreaker.
  • Team Survival
    The goal in this activity is to prioritize materials enabling the group its best chance of surviving the scenario! This is a leadership characteristic identification tool in which you learn to develop decisions based upon the team and goal at hand, not individual preferences. This also teaches teams how to constructively criticize and move toward a common goal, identify individual strengths and weaknesses and learn how to debate constructively.
  • Bid Your Bridge
    The focus in this activity is the prioritizing of items to execute a strategic plan your group develops in order to reach the common goal of building the longest bridge.  With that goal, you must also prioritize how to get those items.  Like Team Survival, this is a leadership characteristic identification tool in which you learn to develop decisions based on the team and goal at hand, not individual preferences.  It also teaches how to constructively criticize and move toward a common goal, identify individual strengths and weaknesses and learn how to debate constructively within a team toward a common goal.

Team Building Initiatives (Challenge Course)

  • Rescue Mission
    Team members naturally take one of three roles (leader, follower or facilitator). As the Challenge Course is navigated, individual strengths will be disabled in order to enable other team members into different roles within the team.  This activity helps identify strengths and weaknesses while creating an atmosphere in which team members can assist weaknesses and harness strengths. This initiative is also good for 3rd party individual/team analysis.
  • Traffic Jam
    This is a critical thinking exercise that requires teamwork and decision making. This activity helps teams to work together in making tough decisions. It also allows natural leaders to take a different role as situations and stumbling blocks occur.
  • Water Drill
    The Water Drill is an efficiency activity. It focuses on the importance of planning and time management. This provides a visual perspective of how productivity is lost with lack of communication, planning and execution at different levels of an organization or team.

Most activities can be customized to group and/or needs.

The YMCA of South Hampton Roads is dedicated to putting Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.