Team Building

Ropes Course

Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center offers an unparalleled environment for team building. We engage guests in an array of activities proven to help your team become stronger.

As the only conference destination in the Midwest with a Teams Challenge Course, we have 13 different elements that motivate people to overcoming challenges, both individually and as a group.

One popular teambuilding technique at Oak Ridge is "orienteering." In this exercise groups are dropped in the woods and must find their way back to "base camp" using maps, compasses, G.P.S. systems, two-way radios and their wits.

Book your team-building retreat today, and see for yourself why Oak Ridge was awarded “Best Team Building Venue” by Minnesota Meetings & Events Magazine.


Oak Ridge has teamed up with several teambuilding partners to bring you a variety of exciting and challenging teambuilding experiences. Our partners include The Prouty Project, Activ8 and the Lantern Group. Each partner will help motivate your team and bring them closer together by improving communication and support; they provide a variety of learning environments and options, whether it’s in a strategic classroom setting or through one of our outdoor activities. No matter what the environment or goal of your meeting, these partners have what it takes to create synergy, creativity and increased productivity!

Ropes Course

If you’re looking for a corporate teambuilding event, inquire about the Oak Ridge Ropes Challenge Course. The ropes course is a great tool for developing leadership and strategic planning. It is a tremendous experience that can help drive teams and organizations forward.

The combination of low and high ropes courses enables participants to grow at team and individual levels, while exploring risk, leadership, communication, problem solving and coaching. The Low Ropes Course focuses on collaboration while the High Ropes Course emphasizes risk-taking, trust and coaching.

Choose a ropes course challenge to...

  • Pull new project teams together to practice problem solving in a group setting.
  • Have a fun and energizing kickoff for an annual retreat to celebrate success.
  • Build interdependence and risk-taking skills.
  • Create a reference point for improving communications.
  • Integrate an enjoyable teambuilding activity into a multi-day meeting.

To book the Ropes Course Challenge or get more information, please call our Sales Office at (952) 368-1419.

The Complexity Challenge

In this complex and challenging program, groups must follow clues and solve codes using GPS devices, compasses and maps to locate hidden resources they need to complete a final challenge. The Complexity Challenge is designed to mirror the issues of competing priorities, complex stakeholder demands, ambiguous resources and a pressing time deadline.

Imagine 130 scenic acres of varied terrain, crisscrossed by trails. Your team’s challenge: to visit several locations chosen at random, before time runs out. You have two hours to visit all the locations. Mission briefs and maps are handed out. Resources are provided, including compasses, global positioning systems, two-way radios, a laptop computer, Internet link and cash. Information is cryptic and confusing. Roles and responsibilities are ambiguous. The objective is unclear. Communications are difficult. And the clock is ticking…

This customized adventure simulation is our premier experiential offering. It has served as a model for change in hundreds of organizations over the past 15 years. We know of few other experiences that can match its impact and learning outcomes.

Culinary Activities

At Oak Ridge we encourage you to set aside time in your agenda for team activities. We believe that meeting attendees who are given the opportunity to do something fun and exciting outside of the conference room will participate more and bring fresh ideas to the table.

A sampling of culinary team activities are:

Iron Chef

Our Iron Chef activity incorporates friendly competition at its best. Our culinary staff will create a fantastic personalized activity and meal, complete with a judging competition. After your group divides into teams, they will compete to prepare the winning entrée and present their finished display of teamwork. Plan, prepare and present a creative four-course meal during this interactive and deliciously fun event!

  • Friendly competition
  • Creates a special bond with a small team of workers
  • Great for new companies or teams
  • Inspires creativity and teamwork
  • Work with culinary staff to personalize your own company goal

For questions or to book an Iron Chef Competition, call our Sales Office at (952) 368-1419.

Chili Cook-Off

Turn up the heat as your team cooks up a big pot of chili and stirs up some competition.

Time to put on the chef’s hat. This activity is down to earth, entertaining and extremely creative. Your group will divide into teams to create their very own chili recipe for co-workers to taste. Everyone brings something different to the table as each team tries to develop the most unique, popular and delicious chili mix. We can host this event both indoors or outdoors.

  • Great for groups of any size
  • Friendly competition
  • A unique "get to know your co-workers" event
  • Inspires teamwork and creativity

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For questions or to book a Chili Cook-Off, call our Sales Office at (952) 368-1419.

Learning Outcomes

  • Competing priorities, multi-tasking and deciphering challenging communications
  • Value of shared purpose and the power of the groups' combined focus
  • Collaborate and share information across organizational boundaries
  • Strategic use of resources within the team to solve various problems