Adventure Team Building Activities
The Basic’s :
In any package, on arrival for any programs, the participants will be briefed on the entire program followed by ice breaking activities. At the beginning and end of each activities there will be briefing and de-briefing. The list of activities below are not complete and will be added on from time to time.
The basic concept utilized is experiential learning or learning through experience. Participants take part in various activities which initiate and enhance skills such as leadership, teamwork, and communication. These activities are facilitated by Instructors who ensure activities are adapted to fit the participants’ capabilities to maximize learning. As the experiences are more vivid than normal classroom lectures, participants have a higher retention and transfer of the lessons learnt to working and personal life. This is a key strength of all activities.
Team Problems Solving :
A wide variety of team dynamics activities are designed to encourage initiative, team work, planning, communication and leadership. Each activity involves varying degrees of both group and personal challenges…
Participants are divided into smaller groups, each consisting of a maximum of 3 persons. They will then be given a map of the venue ground. The idea is to look for as many markers as possible within a time limit.
Aims: To let participants do planning, teach co-operation among others, time management and self-reliance.
This usually done when participants first arrive in a variety of short programs
Aims: Generate group spirit, communication and increase group interaction and sharing of ideas
Team Dynamics :
Problems and scenarios are presented to the group as a challenge to be overcome. The wide variety of tasks all require creative thinking, leadership and close team work. E.g : corporate games
Aims: Encourage planning and leadership while working towards a single goal by a creative and fully involved team. Generate discussion on improvements in the working of the group, and allow a progressively better performance.
Plan, construct, launch and race a raft in the river along rivers, lagoon or lake
Aims: Planning creative thinking, team work and leadership are all inherent aspects of this activity that can be organised as a competition between groups
6 to 18 feet Spider Net Wall:
Group challenge to climb over a spider net wall, Safety ropes will be hooked on the participants.
Aims: Teamwork, confidence and creative thinking
Night Jungle Walk:
A rope or line is set-up in the jungle which is tied from one tree to another, The participants have to walk alone separated by a few minutes apart without a torchlight from the first point of the line to the end.
Aims: Increase communication level, teamwork, conquer fear and leadership
It is done as part of any expedition. Participants will be given equipment such as “parang”, tent sheet (tarpauline), karrimat, water-bottle, cooking pot, rucksack to name a few. They have to share the duties of making the shelter, cooking, collecting firewood and guard duty.
Selecting a good campsite is an essential part of the exercise here. Participants are not allowed to erect any campsite in a farm, near a river, on a hill slope and of course on a tree. A few aspects that should be looked into are such matters as the area, availability of water, threat from the strong wind and lightning and fallen dead branches.
to provide an opportunity to become more self-reliant, efficient and proficient in wilderness living.
to stimulate group’s interaction by sharing tasks
to present situations which test sparticipants initiative, humour, sense of responsibilty and willingness to perform routine work even when tired
to instill attitude that one can live with enjoyment and comfort in a natural environment without harming it.
At certain times, participants will need some period of time to think about themselves and their commitment to the group and their level of understanding of each member in the group. The solo is introduced to give them time to think about this.
There are 3:
Mini Solo or Time Out:
Typically not planned and can happen anytime when the group needs a mental / physical break. It can be as short as few minites pnly. It provides a chance of short period of time for participants to stop and think (to reflect) about their actions and attitude toward the program.
Short or Long Solo:
This is an overnight solo or even longer. The added challenge of spending a night or nights camping alone adds many new dimensions to the solo experience, They are faced with being alone, having to build their own shelter and to cope with fears. A task will be given to them while performing this activity. Namely:
- Write a letter to themselves which will be mailed to them in 3 months time
- List out the area of improvement and one noticeable strength for each group member
- Make gifts for each other
- Asked not to talk while bing picked up from solo until they have reached base camp
After Solo, we will give a chance to the participants to talk about:
What they think and feel about the experience, what is the purpose, are there any benefit, general feedback.
Rope Confidence Course
We has a series of rope and wooden bridges, platforms, nets and ladders designed to provide various levels of difficulties from the easy to the challenging. These are for personal challenge and test, building self confidence, teamwork and mutual trust and support.
A series of exercises which is set 1 ft. – 15 ft. above ground. Activities include Zip Wire, Burma Bridge, Wobbly Log,
Tranges Tyre, Traverse Tension, etc.
A series of exercises which is set 25 ft. – 40 ft. above ground are activities such as the Circuit, Trapeze Jump, Abseil and Flying Fox to name a few.
Climb a ladder and leap from a platform to catch a swinging Trapeze.
Reach a platform along a rope bridge and then descend by using a rope and control the rate of descent using a device
(figure of eight).
Ride an exhilarating zip wire high up in the trees.
Participants will be race in teams between 4 – 10 elements. The course includes crawling, climbing, river crossing etc…
Paintball War Game
Participants will be divided into teams of between 5 to 7 persons and will then compete to capture a center flag within a given time…
Treasure / Scavenger Hunt
Participants will compete by teams to solve clues, complete tasks and look for hidden items. At the completion of each clue, the next puzzle or clue will be provided in order to reach the final results within a given time…
Divided into teams participants will compete to accomplish the game within a given time…
Rock Climbing and Abseiling (Rappelling)
There are mainly two areas of operations for this activity. The artificial rock wall which is perfect for beginners.
The purpose of the rock wall is to provide a safe, educational and fun venue for climbing and abseiling (rappelling). Participants have to climb the rock wall safely using ropes, harnesses, belay device (ATC), Karabiners for protection. Descending (abseiling) from the top of the wall needs courage and a sense of adventure. Individuals have to control their own rate of descent using the device
(figure of eight) and suspended by a safety line controlled by the instructor.
- Increase self-confidence
- Generate trust
- Decision making involving risk and courage
- Break down previously held physical and mental limitations
- To help group understand the importance of mutual support to an individual in overcoming problems and reaching goals
For abseiling, we are using the rock wall and the high ropes circuit. On the rock wall, usually an exercise called Self-Programmed Abseil is often used with management courses and presented as a project to be managed with little help from Instructors except for technical and safety advice.
- Careful interpretation of written instruction to successfully complete a task
- Management of multi-faceted project involving perceived risk
- Co-operation / team building
- Confidence in oneself and others
- Determination to succeed
- Communication skills
- and of course… to have fun
Short expedition starting from base camp is usually done as a half day, full day or over two days and overnight stay in the jungle, whereas, the Long Expedition is done in 4 days 3 nights including a day of community service in one of the kampung (rural village). At the end of the walking day, the participants use their parang to cut wood from the jungle. They build a frame, tie it together with jungle veins, and place a tarpaulin over it. They sleep communally in their “longhouse” tents and cook over traditional campfires.
Based on the real life experiences of the instructors / motivators with no hunting or hurting of any wildlife! The emphasis on using the jungles as a friend . Suitable for anyone with good sense of humor and an open mind!
On arrival, immediate distribution of equipment and food rations Male and female participants sleep in separate quarters!
Wake up call at 7.00am – light breakfast provided – Trek begins at 8.30am passing village houses, rubber plantations, fruit orchards and secondary forests.
Things to learn, record and practice along this trail before entering the lowland primary jungles :-
- Making water bottles from Bamboo
- Identifying / Collection of Edible / Medicinal Leaves ” Senduduk ” and ” Selaput Tunggul “
- Fashioning ropes from ” Barok ” and ” Kelemedu ” tree barks to secure the bamboo water container
- Identifying drinkable wild vines ” Mengkait ” and ” Mempelas “
- There will several fixed rest stops along the trail before stopping at a checkpoint
The next class will be starting fires using available natural resources . Participants are to start and maintain their own for signaling and lunch preparation skills in cooking / packing rice for dinner using wild leaves secured by wild vines will also be taught.
Immediate departure for the first camp, all litter should be carried forward to next camp and all fires be put out. Participants are to carry water as there is no water supply. The trail enters into the wild ” Bertam ” forest. Upon arrival, participants are to immediately construct their own shelters using the leaves, branches and fronds of the ” Bertam ” tree as roofs, walls and sleeping mates. They will also be taught making light sticks using ” Bertam ” branches and leaves as a replacement for flashlights.
For dinner, participants will be taught skills in cooking canned food and preserving it for several weeks in the jungle without going bad to be followed by a short lecture on survival essentials in the jungles, skills in predicting weather without using any modern equipment and night signaling.
- Collection of ” Damar ” or dried saps from the ” Meranti ” tree as fuel and medicine.
- Collection of dried wood to carry forward to the next camp.
- Trail making skills through ” Bertam ” forest.
Departure at 12.00 noon with a stopover for a short 15 minutes break.
A class on identifying poisonous vines and plants will be done along the trail reaching the next camp.
Possible arrival at 4.00pm with an immediate set up of the shelters, collection of firewood and starting / maintaining of fires organized by participants. Camp is flanked by two running mountain streams with excellent washing and bathing areas. The waters are extremely clean, fit for washing and drinking.
For dinner, we will provide hot porridge and bread whilst participants are to boil their own drink.
There will be a discussion on the previous 24 hours’ activities.
Wake up call from the gibbons at 7.00am – we will provide coffee only – the following practical classes will be organized at 9.00am…
- Primitive Jungle Navigation without using any modern navigation equipment
- Trail making in lowland primary jungles
- Signaling methods in the daytime
Departure for the next and final camp, at 3.30pm and arrival camp at 4.30pm…
Participants will be required to practice what they’ve been taught namely…
- Set up their own shelter
- Collection of firewood
- Starting & maintenance fire for warmth, light and cooking.
- We will do impromptu inspection every few hours to ensure that the shelters are built to certain specifications, fires maintained well and the participants’ safety ensured.
Wake up call at 7.30am. Participants will assemble at camp commandant shelter at 8.30am for a group assessment of every participant’s shelter location with final comments and tips. Depart back for first base camp at 11.00am and expected arrival at 1.00pm noon with light refreshments provided.
Depart back for Kuala Lumpur at 4.30pm.