Team Building and Adventure Education

adventure

Tamarack Camps specializes in facilitating personal growth and team development through adventure programming. These programs offer more than just high adventure; they allow participants to explore their own limits and learn to be respectful of those on their team. Tamarack facilitators help participants process the importance of respect, inclusion and expanding comfort zones.

 

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All Aboard! (Raft building)

  5th Grade and Up

RAFT BUILDING! A great way to work on teamwork in an all hands on deck scenario. Groups of 4-5 participants will be given a set of supplies and challenged to build a raft that is stable enough to keep all of the members afloat. Participants are free to seek help from Tamarack facilitators who will teach lashings and knots to help the group succeed. Participants learn the importance of asking for help and communicating effectively. Members will most likely get wet, so towels and a change of clothes are encouraged!

Chaperones Required: 2          Max Participants: 20                                 

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

  

Community Puzzle

All Ages

A fantastic culmination to your Tamarack trip, Community Puzzle is a great debriefing tool that will get your group reflecting on their time at camp. Each participant receives a blank puzzle piece that they customize to express their unique experience. The puzzle can then be assembled and hung in a common area for all participants to look back on throughout the year, long after they leave camp.

Chaperones Required: 1                                         

30- 45 minutes- DEBRIEF

Giant Swing

8th Grade and UP

As a team, the group hoists two participants at a time up to 45 feet into the air! The pair of participants has control over their release, and when ready, takes a wild ride, zooming through the air and up into the trees! The Giant Swing allows participants to choose how high they will be hoisted up, giving individuals an opportunity to push their personal limits. Teamwork is imperative and the Giant Swing helps build comradery within the team.

 

Chaperones Required: 1:10       Max Participants: 20 (Min: 14)

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

 

Group Initiatives

5th Grade and Up

Also known as “teambuilding” and “low ropes,” Group Initiatives will help groups of all ages learn to work together in a respectful and effective manner. Groups are presented with a series of challenges which they solve by working as a team. Tamarack staff help facilitate meaningful debriefing exercises focusing on communication, planning, respect, leadership and responsibility which participants can take with them to school, teams or work! (Groups of 18 or more will be split)

Chaperones Required: 1:18                                         

2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

High Ropes

Spring 5th Grade and Up

Tamarack Camps’ High Ropes courses give participants an opportunity to explore and expand their personal comfort zones. The two courses are built in a beautiful wooded setting, and each offer 15 elements for participants to traverse while 20-30 feet above the ground! With a maximum of 20 participants at each course, members of your group are able to explore at their own speed and choose a route that fits their individual needs. Tamarack staff reinforce the importance of positive encouragement and teamwork.

Chaperones Required: 1:20                     Max Participants: 40                          

2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

Ice Breakers

All Ages

Get your group energized and excited with Icebreakers! This program gets everyone up and moving and helps to make the group feel comfortable with each other in a safe and supportive environment. We will customize all Icebreakers to the age and size of your group.

Chaperones Required: 2                                         

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Monster

5th Grade and UP

In this exciting twist on the classic game, Telephone, participants are split into smaller groups. Each group member is assigned a role within the group and must recreate a Lego “Monster” based on the model provided. The fact that only one person in the group is allowed to look at the model Monster only makes this activity more challenging and hilarious. A great activity to work on clear and concise communication.

Portable programming available.

Chaperones Required: 1         

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Rock Wall Climbing + Zip Line

1st Grade and UP

Participants get the opportunity to fly down the Zip Line and cheer on their friends as they do the same. After everyone gets a turn on the Zip Line, the rock wall is open for climbing and participants are able to choose their level of difficulty. Chaperones take on an interactive roll to make the experience more meaningful. Due to safety systems, all participants MUST weigh less than 275 pounds.

Chaperones Required: 1:10                 Max Participants: 30             

2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

Rock Wall Climbing

1st Grade and Up

Tamarack Camps’ Rock Wall stands over 30 feet tall and features 9 different routes to climb! Ranging in difficulty from beginner to an advanced overhang, this wall has something for climbers of all skill levels. Tamarack staff promote expanding personal comfort zones and positive encouragement. The maximum for one class period is 20 participants. For additional team building, ask about our group belay option for 5th graders and older.

Chaperones Required: 1:20                  Max Participants: 20                          

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Rock Wall Zip Line

1st Grade and UP

Built right off of the rock wall, participants climb the beginner level wall and descend by soaring down the 300 foot Zip Line! A great opportunity for those who are nervous about heights to feel a rush of joy as they overcome their fears. Chaperones take on an interactive roll to make the experience more meaningful. Ask about the Night Zip option! Due to safety systems, all participants MUST weigh less than 275 pounds.

Chaperones Required: 1:10               Max Participants: 24

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Tango Swing Combo

8th Grade and UP

An ideal program for groups who want to practice positive teamwork. Participants will have an opportunity to choose one climb on the Tango Tower and take one wild ride on the Giant Swing. Both the Tango Tower and the Giant Swing require the team to belay, keeping all members active and engaged in each others success the entire time.

Chaperones Required: 1:20                   Max Participants: 32  

2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

Tango Tower Climbing

6th Grade and UP

This unique climbing structure features five different vertical challenges and eight routes, towering 55 feet in the air! The Tango Tower offers novice and experienced climbers alike a challenge that suits their abilities. Participants climb and descend the tower while on a group belay system which builds trust and encourages effective teamwork. Tamarack staff lead a debriefing session afterward to help the group apply their positive experience to real-life scenarios.

Chaperones Required: 1:20                                 Max Participants: 40

2 hours 45 minutes– LONG

Team Games

All Ages

Get your group thinking like a team with a series of games designed to introduce and reinforce basic team skills. Use this program to teach concepts such as collaboration, leadership, respect and good sportsmanship. Team games is a great class to incorporate into any community building or positive behavior program.

Chaperones Required: 2                                       

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT

Zip Line

8th Grade and UP + Weight Requirements

Spanning across beautiful Phipps Lake, the Tamarack Camps Zip Line is one of the longest continuous zip lines in Michigan! Participants climb up a cargo net to the takeoff platform where they are clipped in to the quarter mile zip line for a thrilling ride across the lake and a pleasant walk back afterward. For an added thrill, ask about our new Night Zip option! Due to safety systems, all participants must weigh between 95 and 275 pounds.

Chaperones Required: 2              Max Participants: 16                            

1 hour 15 minutes– SHORT