• Camp No Counselors Offers Turn-Key Team-Building Experiences

     
    POSTED December 1, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of Camp No Counselors

  • Camp No Counselors Offers Turn-Key Team-Building Experiences

     
    POSTED December 1, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of Camp No Counselors

  • Camp No Counselors Offers Turn-Key Team-Building Experiences

     
    POSTED December 1, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of Camp No Counselors

  • Camp No Counselors Offers Turn-Key Team-Building Experiences

     
    POSTED December 1, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of Camp No Counselors

As corporate retreats continue to become more experiential, consider a summer camp format for grown-ups.

One of the most cost-effective ways to coordinate this type of gathering is to book a facility that serves youth or a church group, school or nonprofit organization mainly during the summer and occasional other times and hire an outfitter, business that specializes in team-building or destination management company if the camp doesn’t already have experienced staff to assist. To see more about this approach, see our venue report about Wyoming and Oregon camps that appeared in Mountain Meetings.

Looking for a turn-key option instead that might cost a bit more but is all-inclusive? One possibility is Camp No Counselors (CNC), that was founded in 2014 with one camp in New York and has expanded to 11 total cities including locations in the Mountain West near Denver, Seattle and Calgary. There are a variety of dates seat aside for corporate retreats in 2019.

The company also has camp partners all over the country and can create the experience year-round in the area of a group’s choosing.

About 30 percent of CNC’s business is currently from corporate buyouts that feature classic camp games, activities (e.g., talent shows, color wars, kickball, etc.), group bunks, nightly themed parties, outdoor adventures and water sports. A/V equipment and unique discussion settings ensure the retreat also has a business focus. Group packages are customizable, and a camp can be branded with T-shirts, logos and more. Examples of past corporate clients include Shock Top, Coffee Meets Bagel, and Saucony, which worked with CNC on an incentive program to reward top sellers nationally with a team-building camp.

The new Denver camp is located on 385 acres surrounded by a pine forest, rolling hills and miles of trails and easily accessible being one hour from Denver and one hour from Colorado Springs. Examples of this camp's available activities include archery, arts and crafts, rock climbing, nature hikes, ropes courses, zip line, ultimate Frisbee, painting and tie-dye. Meanwhile, the Calgary camp is nestled halfway between Calgary and Banff on a 160-acre retreat featuring foothills, forest and waterways. This location features very similar activities and has one of the largest ropes courses in western Canada and four newly renovated lodges.

You might just be surprised when a group of adults heads back to camp. It might just be the connecting factor needed to make great things happen back at the office.

Recently, I’ve noticed the trend of meeting planners looking for a fully customized and personalized event experience, and there’s no better way to accomplish that than buying out an entire resort or hotel with a beautiful setting such as a mountain backdrop. Although a buyout can sound expensive and unobtainable, many ways exist to find flexible rates that will allow companies to book a private retreat while not overdrawing on any budgetary restrictions. 

 

Recently, a good friend traveled to a corporate Christmas party in Vail that was hosted by her husband’s employer. I’ve gone to a similar gathering at The Peaks Resort & Spa in Telluride, and it certainly was one of the most fun work holiday parties I’ve attended to date. It made me think of how special it is to get staff away for time in the mountains. All of a sudden it’s “we get to go …” instead of “we have to go…”

Here’s a few ideas to make holiday celebrations in the mountains extra memorable.