Here is how to plan your retreat so that it goes off without a hitch:
Keep the Trip Short
It is best to keep this kind of corporate retreat as short and sweet as possible. A little bit of time spent in the great outdoors can be great but after a while, it can become a hassle. Therefore, you may want to stick to a single overnight trip. Pack up the next day and move out. This prevents people from getting too tired or grumpy.
Research the Campgrounds
It is possible that for you – and many others in your company – that this is the first camping trip of your life and must choose an appropriate camping ground as such. While you do want to choose somewhere that is a little remote, make sure that it is a comfortable space as well.
For instance, you may want to stay close to the water so that people don’t have to travel back and forth as much.
Make sure that the space is well-protected from the elements and that the land is flat enough to easily set up a tent on.
Make a List of Items to Bring
You should be aware that many of your employees may be new to camping as well. As such, you shouldn’t assume that they know what to bring on the trip. Make a list of the most important items and then email this to everyone who will be attending.
In case you are camping in the middle of winter, you may want to make items such as snowshoes compulsory. Or you may want to find snowshoes on sale and equip your employees with them so that they won’t have to make the investment.
Plan Out Meals Carefully
Mealtime is pretty important and this is especially true for when you have been physically active all day long. Assume that your employees will be ravenous and plan accordingly. Also, make sure to take everyone’s dietary requirements into consideration as well.
When it comes to food, it is best to keep things simple. The last thing you or anyone else wants to do is to slave over a hot stove. So, look for foods that are crowd pleasers but that can be prepared quickly and easily.
Plan Activities with Objectives
Finally, make sure to plan activities with specific objectives in mind – planning, preparation, team building, etc. As your trip will be short, you can afford to pack several activities throughout the day. Leave the nighttime for socializing and getting to know each other a little better, however.
These are the top tips for planning a camping trip for a corporate retreat. Sure, you will need to work out several details but you will be pleased with how this trip will turn out. It may become a fan favorite in the future.