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Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters in Durham, NC needed a fun team building event with a charity component for their quarterly meeting on their Durham NC campus in August 2013. They experienced a successful Build-A-Bike ® team building event during one of their previous conferences and wanted a different team building event that would also realign their customer services operations team. They chose the Rescue Bear team event for two reasons; one being that they wanted a fun event that the employees would learn team cooperation and two they wanted an event that would give to the local Firefighters as a charity. The participants were energized as soon as they entered the large conference room on the campus. They were organized in a large circle in which they were involved in a memory exercise that proved to increase their memory considerably in a short period of time. The astonished participants were then divided into teams and given envelopes to organize into themes or categories based the items printed on the outside of each envelope. Each envelope had a challenge or activity inside it related to the word or name on the outside of the envelope in which they were to solve or perform in order to get a unique part to complete a stuffed animal that would eventually be given to the Fire Fighters at the end of the event. You could see the team’s utilization their individual strengths to solve the different categories of problems. The envelopes also contained a skit that the teams had to perform for the judges and the animation and creativity was very entertaining. As the teams were getting close to completing the stuffed animals, the local Durham Fire Department arrived to be presented with 50 stuffed animals that were to be given to children at local burn centers. The Fire Fighters drew cheers and the participants applauded themselves for their successful team building challenges in completing their work for the charity.

 

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