5 Creative Summer Corporate Outing Ideas

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For a change of pace, get attendees on the water and paddling this summer. Source: NPS Photo/Claire Irish

It’s time to plan the summer corporate outing and the pressure is on to get creative—fast. Here are a few ideas from the experts.

Rent a House for the Sales Team

Renting a house where your team can relax and unwind for a weekend is a fantastic way to let the stress of the average work week melt away. In a world of multigenerational teams, some time away from the computers, smartphones and tablets at a local cabin or getaway location can be a great way to encourage some much-needed bonding. Source: Bambu blog

Around the World Food Theme

Consider incorporating everyone’s worldwide favorites into an international picnic to celebrate a variety of cultures and staff members who might have roots in a different part of the globe. A menu might include taco salad, German potato salad, Polish sausage, Italian cookies and so much more. Pair these picnic foods with games, activities, décor and even costumes from all over. Source: Tasty Catering

Get Out on the Water

Most destinations have an opportunity to paddle, whether informally or on a guided tour. In Boston, PaddleBoston takes groups on skyline tours and harbor tours, alongside the scullers on the Charles River, or further into the countryside on the Sudbury River, and can combine barbeque and paddling for an unforgettable experience.

Summer-Style Entertainers

Fun amusement park-style entertainers are perfect for summer outings. Caricature artists, clowns, balloon artists, trapeze artists, stunt men, magicians, DJs, acrobats, face painters, jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians, fortune tellers, puppeteers, bands, soloists, dancers, and impersonators are different types of entertainers you could hire for a summer event. Source: ERC blog

Corporate Survivor Program

Summer is all about staying on the island, and a Corporate Survivor program is inclusive rather than exclusive. In one twist, teammates don’t turn on one another and vote each other off; instead, teams work to save their teammates and keep them on the island. Source: Teambonding.com

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.