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Best Team-Building Activities: Mild & Wild

Chaminade Resort & Spa’s fun team-building exercises that fuel a little friendly competition, while also firing up the friendships.

Boat Building

Attendees are divided into teams and each given identical materials and tools to share in the adventure of creating a boat. Each vessel is then tested out in a competition to see whose boat floats the longest.

Chardonnay II Team Building Charter

Take your team out to sea and learn to sail a 70-foot world-class yacht. After an introduction to the vessel at the dock – where you learn aspects of sail theory, parts of the boat, operation, and navigation – groups heads out to navigate Monterey Bay as they maneuver, man the helm, and trim the sails.


Synergy Learning Systems, a team and leadership development company that Chaminade partners with, has crafted a custom team-building activity called “geoteaming.” Based on the sport of geocaching, teams decipher visual and written clues to chart their course, then use GPS receivers to locate hidden containers buried all over the property.

Brew Cruz Tour

Bond over beer as you explore the Santa Cruz Beer Trail with Brew Cruz, a converted 1989 school bus. Tours are four hours in length and include a pint for each passenger at your group’s choice of three breweries, tours with the brewmasters, beer history, music on board, and more. 

Paint Night with Yeshe Jackson

There’s no better artistic inspiration than the landscape of towering eucalyptus and Monterey Bay right outside Chaminade. Groups learn how to capture it on canvas in an outdoor painting class with local landscape artist, Yeshe Jackson. 

Themed Dinners: Cuisine with Concepts

The best banquet menus and creative menu items that are deliciously destination-focused. 

Chili Cook-off

Not just a dinner, but also a unique team-building event, this competition breaks attendees into groups and gives them identical ingredients to try their hands at making the best chili. A Chaminade chef is on hand to assist with each group’s creation. He/she is also the one judging the final chili and crowning the winner. 

S’more Making

The crackling fire, Santa Cruz’s setting sun, and crisp night air set the stage for the ultimate s’more-making experience. Once it’s perfectly toasted, dress it in a variety of accoutrements (peanut butter, pretzels, candy, etc.) – and maybe even make it into competition among friends.

Salsa Challenge 

The perfect starter to your group’s dinner for the evening, this unique team-building experience gets everyone out of their element and into the kitchen. Teams are first instructed in the art of salsa making, then given the reigns to make their own unique concoctions. 


Executive Chef Events

Executive Chef Events, a company that designs unique and memorable culinary events tailored for corporate team building, has developed a special program for Chaminade, where groups are guided through crafting a gourmet meal.

Farm to Table Dinner

Santa Cruz County plays host to many local farms and wineries. Groups take a day trip to their choice of one and learn about the unique growing region. Once they return, they are treated to a carefully crafted menu featuring produce and wine from the area while overlooking Monterey Bay from the terrace at Chaminade.

Off-Site Meeting Venues: Landmarks to Live It Up

Meetings become lifetime experiences when hosted in one of Santa Cruz’s most unique meeting venues. 

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The iconic local seaside amusement park doesn’t just feature thrill rides and games for groups galore; they also organize themed party packages – like beach parties, fiestas, and tropical retreats – for groups looking for a day out.

Roaring Camp

Step back in time to this historic logging town, where steam and diesel trains bring groups on a unique rail experience throughout Santa Cruz County. Book the Moonlight Train Party just for your group and enjoy a nighttime ride that features a chuckwagon barbecue steak dinner, country Western music, and line dancing.

Mount Hermon Adventures

Home to five camp centers for retreats nestled among the towering redwoods, Mount Hermon is the place for zip-line adventures, elaborate ropes courses, and all kinds of other team-building games. Meeting facilities are also available for rental, as well as a conference center (at Redwood Camp), which offers prepared buffet-style meals.

California State Parks & Beaches

Get out of the meeting room and into one of Santa Cruz County’s many state parks or beaches. From barbeque grills and picnic tables at famous New Brighton State Beach to hiking with your group among the 40-acre grove of old-growth redwood trees at Henry Cowell Redwoods, this county has it all.

Capitola Village

Spend a day in this quaint seaside beach village shopping, sightseeing, sitting on the sand, wine tasting, and more. Then, conclude your day together with a banquet or business dinner at Capitola’s historic Shadowbrook Restaurant.

Meeting Technology & Amenities: Simple to Smart

Offerings – from high-tech highlights to just plain ingenious add-ons – that make holding a meeting at Chaminade Resort & Spa unlike anything else.

The Spa at Chaminade

Maximize your downtime between team-building sessions with a trip to the resort’s 1,700-square-foot nature-inspired spa. Only have a short window of time? Twenty-five-minute express treatments, like an anti-stress facial, foot and hand massage, and back and neck massage, provide a quick pick me up.


IACC stands for the “International Association of Conference Centers,” which means Chaminade is the cream of the crop when it comes to these core features: dedicated, purpose-built meeting space; flexible/all-inclusive meeting packages; on-site A/V team to support each meeting; high-quality dining options; and a single point of contact provided by a skilled in-house conference planner.

Ropes Course

Managed by Synergy Learning Systems, a local team and leadership development company, Chaminade’s on-site ropes course is like a jungle gym in the trees. The course consists of both low, ground-based events (like trust-fall exercises) and high events that involve scrambling up rope nets and walking across bridges (all while anchored into a safety line).

Event Themes: Prepare to be Inspired

A few of Chaminade Resort & Spa’s corporate party ideas that your team will be talking about well into next quarter.

Speakeasy Soiree

Step back into the 1920s for a night of gambling, gin, and the Grizzly Bear (a flapper-style dance like the Charleston). Expect themed outfits and decor, jazz bands, and Prohibition-style cocktails.

Gourmet Picnic

Chaminade’s Sports Lawn is transformed with casual gathering spaces to chat and listen, fun lounging nooks, mood lighting, and small bites. A strolling guitarist performs while you socialize.

On-Site Beer Festival

Enjoy one of the fastest-growing industries in Santa Cruz County: craft beer. In this festival-like event, Chaminade brings a handful of breweries to the resort to talk and interact with guests over their brews, many of which are crafted just minutes from the resort.

Summer Fun

Enjoy a giant playground of inflatable fun on the resort’s Sports Lawn, including “bubble soccer,” bouncy houses and obstacle/challenge course, volleyball, and other lawn games.


Santa Cruz Boardwalk

The resort brings in a piece of iconic Santa Cruz to the property by building an actual boardwalk in the courtyard and lining it with games of ring-toss, whack-a-mole, and candy and popcorn vendors.