Day 1 → Depart Xining
- 9:00am- Depart Xining
- Drive 2.5 hours to Huzhu Beishan National Park
- 12:00 noon- Settle into lodge and lunch
- 1:00pm- Free time, explore the area around the lodge
- 2:00pm - Short warm up hike and ice breaker activities
- 6:00pm - Dinner at Huzhu Beishan Lodge
- 7:00pm- Teaching on leadership and high functioning teamwork 7:30pm - Icebreaker to allow for group interaction
- 8:30pm - Free time
Day 2 → Day hike and team building activities
- 7:30am - Short hike in the morning
- 8:00am - Breakfast at the Lodge
- 8:30am- Pack for the day
- 9:00am- Depart lodge to drive 6km further into the park
- 9:15am- Team building game A at trailhead.
For: Creative Problem Solving & Collaboration Skills
Instructions: Divide into 2 teams of 10 people. Use the rope to make an 8-foot circle on the ground that represents a toxic waste radiation zone. (You can make the radiation zone bigger to increase the difficulty.) Put the balls or stuffed animal in the bucket and place it in the center of the circle to represent the toxic waste that must be cleaned up but can not be touched. Teams must work together using string and a bungee cord to move the bucket of toxic waster to a “safe zone” 30 meters away. Teams must use the bungee cords to find a way to transfer the toxic waste from the small bucket to the large bucket within a certain amount of time (15-20 minutes). Anyone who crosses the line into the radiation zone will be “injured” (you can blindfold them, or make them hold one hand behind their back), or “die” (must sit out for the rest of the game). Dropping toxic waste materials will similarly result in injury, and spilling the entire bucket means everyone on the team must restart.
- 10:15am- Team building game B at trailhead
Pipes and Marbles
This game uses competition to drive creativity and cooperation.
Divide into 2 teams of 10 people each. Teams must transport a certain number of marbles from point A to point B using multiple 1 foot sections of PVC pipe to move the marbles. Each section of PVC pipe must be used and all team members must contribute at least one time to moving the marbles. If a marble is dropped on the ground, teams must start again. The team to move the most marbles wins.
- 11:15am-Set out on hike
- 12:30pm- Lunch at fork in the trail
- Pepperoni and cheese and crackers
- 1:15pm- Team building Game C
Each person must find one partner. Each partner is “locked” with rope handcuffs that are criss- crossed with another person’s rope handcuffs. Partners must loosen their handcuffs so they are individually free without untying the knots or slipping the rope hand cuff loops over their hands. This is a problem solving, communication, and creativity exercise.
- 1:40pm - Team building Game D
Trekking pole levitation
This is a game of cooperation and patience. It teaches working together for a common goal.
There will be 3 teams of 6-7 people each. Each team will have one fully extended trekking pole that is about 2 meters long. Teams line up so that half of the team is on one side of the pole and the other half is on the other side of the pole, team members face each other. Each team must hold one finger out from each hand at just above waist level even with the ribs. A trekking pole will be placed on all the fingers of the teams and they must successfully bring the pole down to the ground and back up without anyone losing contact with the pole. Any time someone in the team loses contact OR touches the pole with more than one finger of each hand the team will have to start over.
- 2:30pm - Team building Game E
There will be 4 teams of 5 people each. Each team must use problem solving to figure out how to balance 20 nails on just 1 nail. The only nail that can be touched is the one nail holding the
others. All 20 nails must balance for at least 5 seconds on the one nail without any extra support to succeed.
- 3:00pm - Continue hike to return to lodge
- 4:00pm - Waterfall and free time at lodge
- 6:00pm- Team building Game F before dinner Rope and Key Search
All 20 participants will be blindfolded and will work together to follow a length of rope to find a “key” that will allow them to escape from a series of ropes tied between trees that forms a rope maze. Participants are not allowed to talk. Reducing eyesight and verbal communication enhances the other forms of communication and creativity needed.
- 7:00pm - Dinner and debrief
- 8:00pm- Bonfire with smores and BBQ meat sticks
Day 3 → Teambuilding activities and return to Xining
- 8:00am -Icebreaker for the morning
This game is good for laughs and getting the blood warm in the morning. It will set a light tone and the play will break down boundaries for better trust and results throughout the day.
All 20 team members will work together to see how many time they can hit a beachball consecutively. Members must each have at least one foot planted in one of the hula hoops on the ground at all times in the game. The ball must be hit to be kept in the air and every hit must be from a person in a different hula hoop than the previous hit. The group works together to beat their consecutive score and may try again multiple times and strategize about what positions will be most beneficial.
- 8:30am- Pack for the day
- 9:30am- Team building game D
The Spider's Web is a popular ropes course element that is constructed between trees, or on portable or stand-alone structures.
The objective is to cross from one side of the spider's web to the other without touching the web. The group must create a plan that takes participant physical ability and size to lift, pass, and spot participants in order to get them through.
Explain to the group that they were exploring caves, looking for treasure, in a remote part of the world.
Fortunately, they were able to find the treasure in the last cave they were looking in. Unfortunately, a giant poisonous spider has spun a web across the entrance to the cave while they were inside. There are no other ways out of the cave.
The group must help each other through the web without touching it, or else that person would become stuck in the extremely sticky web. Really! Just brushing against a strand ever so slightly would cause someone to become stuck and the whole team will have to start again.
Although very strong and sticky. The web is very sensitive. The vibrations from someone passing through a hole causes it to close, making it impossible to pass another full body through the hole. For some unknown reason, it is still large enough to put hands through.
The entire group must get through, because each member of the team has a special piece of the map needed to get back to safety. You can't just give the map pieces to save the others, either, as it is tattooed on your body.
- 10:30am- Team building game E:
Reach for your goals
Participants will divide into two teams of 10 people. Each team will stand inside a rope circle that is about 3 meters in diameter. Team members will write personal or professional goals on 3”x5” notecards and will place the note cards outside of the circle boundary. Then team members must assist each other to retrieve their note cards.
The effect is that we can not accomplish our personal goals with the support and trust of a community.
- 11:30am - Final Debrief and Conclusions
What is the signature of this team?
What makes us unique and what gives us identity?
- 12:30pm - Lunch at Lodge with Qinghai Trivia review
- 1:30pm- Depart Lodge
- 4:00pm - Arrive Xining
Note: Activities are subject to change based on weather, timing, and facilitator’s discretion.