Desert Survival

Summit provided our group with an amazing fun-filled team building exercise that will stay with us for a long time. They were professional, organized and very tuned into the culture of the group. It was a very enjoyable day!

Elizabeth Lalingo

Coordinator, Cardio Respiratory Services - Markham Stouffville Hospital


The Idea

It is 10 am on a mid-August day and your plane has just crash-landed in the middle of the desert. You and your fellow passengers are all right, however, getting out of this situation in one piece is going to require some quick thinking and even more importantly- you must all work together to come up with a solution. If there’s one thing for certain, no one will make it alone.

While scavenging the area, you discover a variety of items in the wreckage that could prove helpful – but deciding what to utilize and what to set aside could mean the difference between success and failure.

The Details

  • Individuals will rank the various items available according to how critical they believe them to be
  • Participants will then join their “survival groups” and collectively develop a plan based on the priority of each item using discussion, problem solving, decision making and consensus building
  • Groups then compare individual and team performance to what the experts say to find out two very important things: “Would you have survived this ordeal?” and “How synergistic was your team during this challenge?
  • Add on the Group Styles Inventory® to develop greater understanding of your team’s areas of strength and challenges and to gain insight into your team’s culture
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Summit Team Building was willing to listen to customize the program based on our objectives. Their preparedness and flexibility made this a most rewarding and valuable learning experience. Well done!

Ed Jess

Business Group Manager, Merck Frosst Canada Ltd.

Team Building Problem Solving Activities - Desert Survival

The Results

  • Practice effective problem solving and group decision making skills
  • Understand and value each person’s unique contribution to the team
  • Develop team skills through interactive group activities and discussions
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