Apr 04, 2013 • By

A (wilderness) twist on teambuilding

Given the chance, would you give up the comforts of home to camp outside with a bunch of co-workers in the middle of winter in northern Minnesota? I did.

For four days in February, I navigated the snow and cold along with seven other brave co-workers and two guides from the Voyageur Outward Bound School, to learn how to dogsled, cross-country ski – and keep warm – in the back country of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near Ely, Minn.

As part of our adventure we did a lot of “cool” things …

like dog sledding …

… and ski-joring

… and cross-country skiing while carrying 35-pound backpacks.

There were some warm activities, too …

Like sitting around the campfire …

… and eating fireside bacon and bagels for breakfast!

And who wouldn’t want to cozy up to one of these cute pups?

So, the next time you’re considering putting together a workplace teambuilding activity, forget about bowling or going to happy hour. Consider stepping outside of your comfort zone and into an adventure you’ll never forget.

From left to right are Chris Barrett, a senior engineer from Minneapolis; Colby Darling, technician II from Minneapolis, Pam Pederson, technician II from Minneapolis; MeLea Moench, a preschool teacher from Shorewood, Minn.; Ashley Hannoush, a pharmacist from Covington, Ga.; Daniel Hannoush, an engineer II at our Covington plant in Georgia; Jim Benoit, a buyer with our Sourcing department in Minneapolis; and Tess Hohman, a senior manager with Sales, based in Minneapolis, Minn.