As I was searching for team building activities in the San Francisco area, I found CLASH Team Building Events. CLASH, which stands for the “California League of Adult Scavenger Hunters” began as a group of friends who designed a scavenger hunt game to get them out and about and off the couch during their weekends and became an awesome team building company when Google approached them to create a scavenger hunt for their interns. Since then, they have worked with a range a teams from startups to large corporations like Facebook, Apple, and Lyft.
A CLASH event starts with an intro/party time at an agreed upon venue – drinks are flowing and music is blasting while you get decked out in neon gear, divided into teams for the hunt and receive instructions about how the game will work. Next, you’re off! You’re racing through the streets using CLASH’s app to earn points and snap crazy pictures. Then when you return, you’ll watch a slideshow of all the crazy photos taken by all the teams and participate in the “awards ceremony to end all awards ceremonies”.
CLASH really encourages your team to come out of its shell and embrace its craziness – they recommend crazy costumes and provide neon headbands, fanny packs, and even face paint. They do ask that your team be mostly over 21, but they can bring CLASH to any city and work with groups ranging in size from 15 to 15,000 people. Their scavenger hunts vary in price depending on the size and needs of the group.
If the idea of a team building scavenger hunt seems worn out and tired to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. One of their reviewers on Yelp said that she had a hard time getting her team excited about it, but:
once we got them there and doing the hunt, it was GAME ON! They loosened up with a couple drinks, face painting and skee ball. Also, some self-deprecating stretching got them to loosen up (literally and figuratively).
What began as a goofy game among friends turned into some serious fun when they impressed Google, and CLASH has been creating successful team building events since, converting even the most staunch of nay-sayers.