A few weeks ago, the Daily Duke teams partook in a team bonding experience held by JMU’s very own Outrigger Peer Educators. We spoke with their program assistant, Kimmy Ewen, in addition to experiencing their program so we have the full 411 on what a great organization this is!
Now, before I go into what a great time we had during the program, let me update you on what Outriggers does in case you’ve never heard of them. Kimmy described the organization to me by saying,
“Outriggers is an organization of the Student Activities & Involvement office committed to serving the JMU and Harrisonburg community. I believe our mission serve other organizations directly as peers is our greatest strength. Our team provides unique opportunities for organizational growth through facilitation of hands on activities and discussions. We focus on improving communication, team building, group goals and leadership in order to help a group reach its highest potential. We are peers helping peers help themselves, which shows we are peers providing tools and the organization is truly creating their own growth.”
Kimmy goes on to say,
“We have a list of over 100 activities about team building, leadership, group goals, icebreakers, energizers, and communication. We individualize programs to meet the needs of the requesting organization. Therefore, no two programs look exactly alike.”
My personal favorite activity was one that focused on keeping a hula hoop level with everyone using only one finger. Now that may sound easy but, trust me, it was no easy task. We did different iterations of it and the final round had all 10 people in our group and we really had to focus (and restart multiple times) before we finally got it!
One thing that I know all of us at the Daily Duke can say about our experience was that it really helped us open up to each other more. Kimmy told me this is just what Outrigger’s aims to do which sets them a part of any other organization on campus. She says, “We focus on improving communication, team building, group goals and leadership in order to help a group reach its highest potential. We are ‘peers helping peers help themselves,’ which shows we are peers providing tools and the organization is truly creating their own growth.”
The day was amazing and I am so glad that I was able to learn more about working with my team as a result of this program. If you are in an organization and would like to focus more on fellowship and building relationships within it, reach out to Outriggers!
Any organization or group in the JMU or Harrisonburg communities can request Outriggers by filling out a program request form found on their website. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.