Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

By Sylvia James

Henry Ford once said: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” For a company to grow, each of its parts needs to work together. Boise is widely known for its beautiful outdoor vistas and the many opportunities for play they provide, but the city has plenty of other activities to offer gathering companies in need of a synergy boost. From art to innovation, groups can grow closer while exploring some of what makes Boise unique. 

1. A Journey Through History

Experience the history of Boise while establishing some of your own. Event planners can take advantage of Boise’s background by organizing scavenger hunts through the city. Scavenger hunts strengthen collaboration skills and promote team bonding – and they’re a great way to explore! All you need is a set course and series of clues. Warm Springs Avenue is a great starting point. The houses there date back to the 1800s, providing a chance to study the historical architecture from that era. In addition, the road leads straight downtown to The Basque Museum and Cultural Center, where the largest concentration of Basque population in the United States strives to preserve and promote Basque history. Boise is a central location where Basque immigrants first congregated upon arriving in the country from the Spanish Basque region. 

2. Take In the Great Outdoors

Physical activity is a perfect way to encourage your team to work together, and Boise provides a breathtaking setting to take in the sights while expending some energy. Bodily exertion serves as a valuable tool to boost positive development, confidence, connections, character and care. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are both popular activities just outside the city, whether your group wants to spend half a day floating down the Payette River or a whole day navigating the rapids. Companies such as Cascade Raft and Kayak offer all of the necessary equipment and expertise to guide your group safely through their adventure. As a bonus, participating in something physically stimulating is also refreshing for the mind. 

3. The Art of Visualization

Understanding colleagues’ unique perspectives and interests is integral to building an innovative and cohesive team, and a day spent exploring the arts in Boise – and creating your own – will help your team connect on a whole new level. Strolling through the Boise Art Museum, visitors can find fine art pieces accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and they are also encouraged to create works of their own. For groups of adults, the museum offers visitors the option to experience a variety of artistic media related to the current exhibitions. The noncompetitive and enjoyable atmosphere is conducive to team building, especially when the goal is idea generation. 

4. Creativity is a Necessity

JUMP, also known as Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, is a not-for-profit, interactive creative center in the heart of downtown Boise. Its founder wanted the space to be accessible to everyone because he believed access to a nurturing and creative environment is “not a luxury, but a necessity.” This one-of-a-kind center is a place for people to explore and learn by traveling through a variety of activity studios. JUMP offers a shared Kitchen Studio for those who love cooking, a Movement Studio where dancers can teach classes or put on a show, a Maker’s Studio for builders to test out their latest ideas, a Multimedia Studio for people to bring the imaginary to life on the big screen and an Inspiration Studio where ideas are shared and developed. Any one of these spaces would make an ideal destination for teams to spend an afternoon working together.

Teamwork makes the dream work! Nothing is more valuable for organizations than having a team that works together and is made up of individuals that inspire each other. Boise offers fun, original and affordable activities for groups of all sizes that want to take traditional team building to the next level.

This article is brought to you by the Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau. Boise — it’s time to see for yourself.