Inspire your corporate team with a camp retreat

By: Michael Boyce, for Fairview Lake YMCA Camps | Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | Group Camping

Adults camping. Team building programs in a camp setting can provide the unifying experience that turns good teams into great ones, all in a pristine environment with great amenities.

Leaders from all industries will tell you they’re only as successful as their team. Without a group that’s truly cohesive and able to work as one, all the talent in the world won’t help a business operate at its best. It’s important that employees feel valued, and that stems from valuing the people they work for and alongside every day.

 This being the case, it’s no surprise that team-building retreats are a popular way to boost performance and morale. Programs like those at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps can provide the unifying experience that turns good teams into great ones, all in a pristine environment with great amenities. A growing number of companies have taken their teamwork to the next level with camp retreats, and here are just a few reasons why: 

Uncovering new possibilities 

Most team members see each other on a daily basis, but that familiarity can deepen when the group dynamic moves out of the office and into nature. Replace fluorescent lighting with the midday sun, and what develops is a new dynamic — one in which members of the group can learn about themselves and each other. You may have never known your sales manager was an outdoors expert or that the chief operating officer hadn’t slept in a cabin before. Spending quality time together outside of the usual office environment can foster the kind of team cohesion that many experts agree is the key to great productivity. Programs like those on offer at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps help make that a reality.

Supporting team well-being

With most of the global population clustered in cities, far too many workers are missing out on the health benefits that come from spending time in nature. A wealth of studies have shown that exposure to nature can reduce stress, improve mood and even boost the immune system. In one study, office workers who were exposed to green forests reported greater work satisfaction and lower stress levels. Bringing the entire office into one of Fairview Lake YMCA Camps’ retreats means the whole team can experience that soothing calm and enjoyment as one. Whether you’re all hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail or taking a canoe adventure down the Delaware River, there’s no better place around to soak up authentic natural splendor and the great feelings that come along with it.

Keeping burnout at bay

Even if your team is already firing on all cylinders, nobody is immune to workplace burnout. A full 77% of workers surveyed by Deloitte reported feeling burned out at the office, with the growing millennial cohort experiencing harmful stress at an even higher rate. Much of this is attributed to a disconnect between management and the workforce. Thankfully, a shared experience outside of the office can play a big role in breaking down these barriers. Leading the team on a retreat removed from the pressures of the workday can show that you recognize they’re more than cogs in a machine. A whole-group backpacking trip or yoga session with Fairview Lake YMCA Camps can be the ultimate way to help your team members feel engaged with the rest of the company and leave feelings of work stress behind.

Bringing out the best in everyone

Operating as an effective team requires participation from everybody, from the gregarious extroverts to the more reserved types. On a camp retreat, you’ll engage in group activities that get every team member involved, letting each individual shine while reinforcing the strength of the whole. When your team is working on a completely different type of project than it’s used to, don’t be surprised if leadership skills present themselves where they weren’t obvious before. Empowerment in the workplace is all about giving people the opportunity to show what they’re capable of. An outdoor retreat does that and a whole lot more.

At first glance, it might seem like a stretch to say that a weekend spent backpacking or canoeing will lead to a more cohesive office environment. But between the fresh natural air, the removal from stresses of the everyday and the chance to learn new things about each other, camp retreats are a powerful choice for leaders hoping to take their team to the next level.

Conveniently close to New York City but far enough away to leave the hustle and bustle behind, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps offer the perfect getaway to reenergize and strengthen your corporate team. Visit to start planning your event today.



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