To boost up morale and improve camaraderie amongst the staff, we decided to hold a company outing / team building workshop last Monday. After canvassing from various potential venues, we finally decided on Forest Club in Brgy. Puypuy Laguna. It was a relatively short 2.5 hour drive to the location.
We arrived at around 930AM. This is the whole contingent –
Picture taken with our printed-out banners –
After changing into our survival attire, we were escorted into an area where the group was divided into 2 teams. We decided to name our teams – Team Ba and Team Bog. I belonged to Team Ba. There were 12 activities to be done throughout the day. Game on!
This is the initial warm-up activity –
The first main activity was the canopy walk which was meant to enable you to conquer your fear of heights. One after the other we went up the make shift bamboos and walked the 500meters with one obstacle after the other. There was no turning back as there were a few more people before me. I just had to go forward and not bulk at the heights. With much concentration and tenacity, I overcame my fear and finished the activity in 1 piece.
Looking at the pictures, you wouldn’t think that any of us were scared but trust me, it was pretty high up in the ground.
The next activity was the log crossing. I had good balance before but with the added weight and non-activity when I was pregnant, I don’t think I could do this. I fell and splashed into the muddy water. Non-completion of the task means a 5 minute penalty. Good thing though we had less people in the team fell over versus Team Bog.
Making it half way thru the log
Log wiggled and I eventually fell into the water
Other victims of the log crossing –
The next task was the single line crossing. With a single rope on top and at the bottom, you had to traverse the water without falling. None of us fell into the water with this task!
Half of the team had to traverse from the other side –
Crossing the single line
The last of this group of Survival activities is the bamboo rafting. This is an activity done in pairs. One partner maneuvers the raft while the other balances with a set of balls to be delivered to the other side.
Crossing the river
We won this task hands-down. Our strategy worked to our advantage. We paired a heavier partner with a lighter one while the other group paired those with almost equal weights. However, I have to give it to the effort put in by Jenny and Lippearson as they completed the task despite falling off the raft 3 or 4 times.
Having survived the survival games, the next batch of activities were classified as team building activities and trust games. Will post next.
Here is a view of Mount Makiling taken from the bamboo craft lagoon –