• New Outdoor Team Building Option

    POSTED April 18, 2014
  • New Outdoor Team Building Option

    POSTED April 18, 2014

Recently, I spent 48 hours hiking through backcountry with nothing but a 28-pound pack and the company of five other hikers - only one of whom I’d ever met before. Let me tell you, there is nothing like pushing through exhaustion to build a sense of camaraderie. I made friends in the small victories: reaching the top of a bluff, scaling down a boulder, building a fire.

By the time we reached the end of the trail, I knew these were people I could count on. And I knew something else, too. There is something incredibly powerful about outdoor teambuilding.

So when I learned about a new, on-property teambuilding activity at La Toretta Lake Resort and Spa, I knew I needed to share the news. The resort, situated on Lake Conroe just northwest of Houston, recently added year-round kayaking to its collection of teambuilding activities.

The resort’s kayak launch is located on the property near the conference center, so there’s no need to build travel time or transportation into the itinerary. At the dock, tandem kayaks and life vests await. They’re perfect for competitions like buoy races or relay races. For a different twist, try kayak soccer using floating goals, or make the kayaks part of a scavenger hunt.

La Torretta has other teambuilding activities, too, like chili or barbecue sauce cook-offs, a 20-minute salsa challenge, a cake decorating challenge and a tasty competition called "Dessert Wars." Previous groups have built camaraderie through beach Olympics and glow-in-the-dark golf on the property’s 18-hole miniature golf course. Speaking of golf, the resort has 18-hole golf teambuilding options on its championship course.

La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa’s IACC-certified conference center features 19 conference and meeting rooms including the 9,500-square-foot Americas Ballroom at the lakeside Versailles Ballroom. When you book a meeting, it comes with a conference service professional, free 4G Wi-Fi access throughout all meeting spaces and in-house audiovisual services.

Get your adrenaline pumping at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa outside of Austin. The hotel provides a menu of heart-racing, group team-building activities in partnership with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).


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