A Day at Bethel Horizons
Every summer, Lands’ End sends summer interns to Bethel Horizons, a retreat center near our headquarters in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, for a one-day retreat. Along with 32 other interns, I had the opportunity to spend our first Friday outside of the office for a day of fun and creative teambuilding exercises.
Bethel Horizons specializes in team development training for people of all ages. The site is located on more than 548 acres of hilly countryside bordering Governor Dodge State Park. As well as a year-round retreat center, it also serves as a summer camp and educational campus. The team at Bethel Horizons will plan your day for adventure, art, teambuilding and many more activities, all tailored to your group’s needs. Throughout the day, you and your team will go through a series of teambuilding activities intended to push you outside of your comfort zone and force you to rely on one another for mental and emotional support.
Our day began by splitting into small groups for a simple warm up activity that involved creating a figure out of a string of rope. With each round came a new set of rules. It sounds easy, but trust me, it definitely gets your creative juices flowing.
Next we took a small hike to the high ropes course where we went zip-lining and swinging on the high swing. If you’re not a fan of heights, these activities might not be for you—I was definitely a little nervous! On these courses you rely on your teammates to hold your harness with a pulley system while you climb a telephone pole or rise to the top of the swing. It feels as though your life is literally in their hands!
Later we tried the low ropes course where we had to face many different challenges together as a team. We had to climb over a huge wall, get the entire team to the other side of an island, and even balance a teeter-totter with our body weight. All these challenges involve communication, strategy, and trust – skills we will need to use throughout our internship.
A teambuilding retreat is a fun way to help your team develop better relationships and communication skills. Consider taking your team for a short retreat that reminds them how important it is to support each other. Remember, teamwork makes the dream work!