At the beginning of 2020 our business was on track to have its most successful year since opening in 2014. Then came the pandemic, and by the second week of March, most of our spring events had been cancelled due to mandated regulations. Since the core of Paleoventures Outdoor Teambuilding is to take teams into nature to learn survival and team building skills – our business was effectively shut down. For a while, it felt tempting to suspend business completely and wait until life returned to normal. It was a confusing and difficult time. Ultimately, we opted to test our resiliency and ability to adapt.
We began by making a list identifying the program elements we could accomplish virtually. We knew participants could still meet and get to know colleagues, learn the basics of outdoor survival, practice team building behaviors, and work in groups to complete virtual survival challenges. Our list continued to grow! Next, we crafted a template for virtual learning events and invited CASA of Contra Costa to test the effectiveness our new design. Happily, they said it was as much fun as the in-person event they did with us last year!
So, for the future, we will offer both online teambuilding as well as outdoor events, when circumstances allow. Even post-COVID 19, the online option could save time and money for teams working from home or spread out geographically. Possibly lemonade from lemons!