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Do You Want to Build a Sandcastle? Team Building on the Oregon Coast

Published: March 13, 2017

If you’re like most people, you probably spend a lot of time staring at a screen each day, whether in the office, at home or on a cell phone. This makes it more important than ever to step away from our screens and interact with fellow attendees and delegates. Enter team building and sandcastles.

Team building exercises are the perfect opportunity to get people out from behind their desks to work together while doing something fun!

Prepping the Sand

Sand can be a finicky medium to work with, so preparation is important to make it happy, meaning sculptable and standing. The molds are filled with a layer of sand then water (making sure the sand is properly saturated), debris is removed as the water drains, the sand is tamped down, and the process is repeated numerous times until the mold is filled.

Open Communication

Although each person creates an individual piece, the connection as a team remains throughout the process. You want to see everyone’s pile of sand turn out to be a masterpiece, even if you aren’t directly sculpting it. Helping the person next to you with even the smallest task is helping them succeed, which helps everyone succeed. Interacting outside of the office also allows everyone to let their hair down, which only strengthens the connections and lines of communication, making the time at work even more enjoyable.

Look at that Masterpiece

Once time is up, you take a step back to see how the lumps of sand have transformed. From a castle with a carefully crafted spiral staircase to a cat and even Autzen Stadium (complete with goal posts!), the masterpieces are proudly showed off over plenty of smiles and sandy high fives.

There are a lot of exciting opportunities for team building around the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Your team will have a newfound appreciation for how you work together both inside and outside of the office and will have a blast doing it. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and think outside the sandbox!

Author: Rebecca Adelman

Meet Rebecca! She most recently worked at Walt Disney World Resort in a variety of roles including events and customer service. A native Oregonian, she is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, she enjoys sampling the local wineries & breweries, reading and running.

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