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Blue Cross Blue Shield Rescue Bear Team Event Durham, NC

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.


Cree Lighting Build-A-Bike Durham, NC

Cree Lighting of Morrisville NC, a rapidly growing company has added many new employees recently and needed a team building event to create cohesiveness. Blair Jernigan, the events coordinator, searched and found that the Leaders Institute performed team building events that were not only fun and energetic, but included a learning component and charity aspect as well. A high percentage of the 120 participants had been with the company for less than four months and the team event would prove to create a successful team experience. The participants were thoroughly impressed at the beginning of the team building event by a unique exercise that dramatically improved their memory. The individuals were then divided into teams in which they had to pool their creative resources and strengths to come up with team indemnities and prepare for a team cheer competition. The teams performed their cheer exhibitions with unbelievable energy and enthusiasm for a chance to win a 30 second head start in the actual Build-A-Bike competition. After the cheer competition was over the teams were given clues to solve in order to get the bike parts they needed to complete the bikes that would at the end of the event be given to a local charity. The teams learned to draw on their individual strengths and use cooperation among the other teams to obtain the bike parts they needed to complete their bikes. The end of the event was marked by a recap of the important team components that were learned from the competition. The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Durham ushered in the 22 children to receive their bikes and you could see the satisfaction from participants and the joyful faces from the grateful children that this event was a huge success.

Thanks for everything that you did for our event –

Blair Jernigan                                                    

Marketing Events Specialist, Lighting

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