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Summer Retreat Activity Ideas

Summer Retreat Activity Ideas

Monday, 03 June 2024 11:26

As the spring draws to a close, you may already consider scheduling a summer retreat for your organization. Many factors must be considered when planning a retreat, including available dates, finance, venue, and planned activities.

You can have everything lined up for a retreat. However, if you have not developed activities appropriate to the group, the summer retreat may not be as successful as you would have hoped.

Western North Carolina is a great place to hold a summer retreat because of all the area has to offer. WNC offers many opportunities for summer retreats, with one such retreat center being Tekoa Retreats in Hendersonville, NC.


Retreat Activity Ideas For The Summer

Retreats are a very important tool utilized by a variety of organizations with a multitude of objectives. They can be scheduled annual events such as corporate retreats, summer camps, or church leadership retreats. They can also be spontaneous scheduled events to assist with a pastor or church leader burnout, for example.

A retreat can greatly benefit the well-being of the members of your team or ministry. By taking them out of their usual environment and placing them in a new setting, you are allowing them to reconnect and form closer bonds. Therefore, you should ensure that the retreat center's setting is ideal for your retreat's objectives. 

Some Benefits Of Team Building Activities At Your Summer Retreat

Properly organized activities that are appropriate to your specific group and objectives can yield positive results for your team. Some of the benefits to your team by planning effective activities at your summer retreat include:

  • Boosted employee morale: Upping morale might very well be the primary reason why companies host retreats. The benefits are two-pronged. First, a retreat can be a way to show employees that the company is invested in them and their worth. Secondly, a well-planned retreat can help break down the “us-vs-them” culture of senior management and staff. 
  • Increased employee appreciation: The deepening of relationships between employees is certainly one of the most beneficial aspects of a company retreat. And it isn’t just exclusive to the dynamic of senior management to staff –  gaining an understanding of a fellow colleague’s scope of work consistently improves camaraderie within teams.
  • Improved Team Relationships: A retreat often leads to brainstorming sessions, which leads to team-building, which leads to increased post-retreat productivity. Communication is quickly improved, proving to be an asset long after the retreat is over. 

Ten Team Building Activities For Your Summer Retreat

  • Host a welcome party: Plan for everyone to arrive by dinnertime on day one so you can throw a welcome get-together.
  • Create a scavenger hunt: A scavenger hunt is a classic team retreat activity that you can implement in a range of locations.  Scavenger hunts inspire communication, collaboration, and leadership. 
  • Have an adventure: Research the options available in the area or at the retreat center ahead of time. Are there challenge courses nearby? Climbing wall? Ziplining? Snorkeling excursions? Escape rooms? 
  • Go hiking: Hiking is a common retreat idea, especially if you spend a lot of time indoors.  Prepare for the hike adequately by supplying the right gear, mapping out an appropriate course, and bringing plenty of water.
  • Try water activities: If there is a body of water near you, you can consider activities like rowing, paddle boarding, canoeing, surfing, or kayaking.
  • Create a mock pitching event: You can create a mock pitching event that involves different teams making pitches for fake products. This game promotes critical thinking, creativity, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and teamwork.
  • Play "Truth and Lies": Truth and Lies" is an activity that helps people get more comfortable around each other and get involved with the team. Each member says four statements about themselves; three of the statements are lies, and one is true. The other team members guess which statement is true.
  • Play "odd couples": “Odd couples" is a team-building exercise that acknowledges different personalities in people., Create a list of odd pairs like peanut butter and jelly or peas and carrots. Write each of the names on a separate card. Tape each of the cards on the back of a participant. The participants have to determine what item is on their card.
  • Build bridges: This game involves two teams that must build two halves of a bridge separately. You will use materials like cardboard, building blocks, straws, tape, paper, rulers, and more. The game enhances creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Play "A perfect square": "A perfect square" is a game where team members with blindfolds collaborate to create a perfect square from a circular rope. It helps to build collaboration, communication, and leadership skills.

Summer Retreat Center In Hendersonville, NC 

Tekoa Retreats is a summer camp and conference center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, near Hendersonville. It is owned and operated by the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Tekoa Retreats offers a wide variety of summer overnight, adventure, and day camps for boys and girls. These include elementary day camps, mini camps, and overnight camps for elementary, middle, and high school students. Tekoa also offers adventure camps for middle and high school students.

Tekoa Retreats Facilities Available For A Summer Retreat

Tekoa Retreats is a three-hundred-fifty-four-bed retreat center. The accommodations include fifteen separate cabins and two bathhouses. The cabins are scattered in beautifully forested landscapes, easily accessible to the group facilities.

The cabins have eleven to sixty-four beds and bathrooms and showers in each room. Typically, a room in a cabin can sleep five to twelve individuals.

If your group is small, consider only utilizing one of the smaller cabins, such as the Little, Holly, Dogwood, or Locust, which sleeps from eleven to sixteen individuals. Alternatively, you can rent the sixty-four-bed Cedar cabin or a combination of cabins, depending on the size of a larger group. The Tekoa Retreats staff can assist you with selecting the cabins that best suit your group's needs.

There's no better place for a summer retreat than in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Tekoa Retreats is the place for Touching Hearts, Changing Lives, and Sharing the Light of Christ. Let us host your next fall retreat, picnic, school or community function, college or youth retreat.

Tekoa Retreats is located at 211 Thomas Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28739. Our phone number is 828-692-6516. If you want to find out if Tekoa Retreats is the perfect place for your next retreat, please contact us.