Business and team building whitewater rafting trips

Team building trips

When done right, team building can really help build a stronger team at work by increasing trust, improving communication, and showing the value of working together to solve problems. Sadly, Many of us have seen examples of team building exercises gone wrong, leaving employees even more disengaged. But, if you’re lucky enough to work in Southwest Idaho, a half-day or full-day whitewater rafting trip on the beautiful Payette river could be the perfect team building experience.

Four critical factors for a great team building experience:

Bear Valley Rafting guide taking a group down the Payette River
  • Communication
  • Trust building
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making

Most of our trips will have between 6 and 8 people on the raft, working together with our the guide to navigate the river. Even though everyone is having fun, people still need to work together and have great communication to get the most from the experience. While on the river, you will get immediate feedback on your communication skills with your fellow rafters, and people quickly learn to adapt their communication to align with their fellow rafters.

The river won’t stop flowing to give your team time to sort things out, so everyone must quickly come to trust their guide and their fellow rafters. The ever-changing rapids on the Main Payette, Cabarton, Staircase, and Canyon portions of the Payette river will test your team’s problem-solving and decision skills over the course of their trip down the Payette.

Starting with our safety talk, we stress the importance of working as a team to achieve goals on the river-keeping everyone together and having a great time. During the trip, we continually work the group as a team with drills – practice that will be put to the test when we hit the rapids.

Your employees will come out of this fun, experienced with increased confidence, self-reliance, and most importantly, trust. Let us whip your team into shape with a one or multi-day team building trip. We have many options at Bear Valley Rafting, and we’re happy to help you plan the perfect custom whitewater rafting trip for your team.

Take your clients out for a unique Idaho experience

In business, relationships matter. People like to work with people they know. Spending time with your clients outside traditional business settings can really help you and your clients build a long-term relationship. A golf trip or dinner at an upscale restaurant is nice, but why not take the opportunity to impress your clients with something different and exciting? A day on the Payette river offers your clients a very memorable experience in a classic Idaho setting.

A whitewater rafting trip with your clients offers many advantages over more traditional client outings, such as:

  • No phones or distractions, just one-on-one time with your clients
  • Connect with your clients on a more human & casual level
  • Make a lasting impression
  • Forge closer ties over a shared experience 

Entertaining clients and building bonds with them will take work, but your effort will pay off when you show your clients that they are special to you and that you’re willing to do more than the typical dinner out. The team at Bear Valley Rafting is here to help, too. You can book your trip, or even better, contact us, and we will help you plan out the perfect rafting trip for your clients. Our team will help with arrangements, payment and scheduling, so all you need to do is focus on your clients when you arrive at our facilities in Banks, Idaho.

Bear Valley Rafting guides are licensed through the Idaho Guides and License Board, First-Aid/CPR certified

Reward your top employees with a gift card from Bear Valley Rafting

Recognizing high-performing employees goes a long way to keeping those employees fully engaged at work. While most people would appreciate a coffee gift card occasionally, why not mix things up and give the gift of an outdoor adventure? Bear Valley Rafting offers a range of gift certificates for full-day and half-day whitewater rafting trips and also kayak lessons.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a typical whitewater rafting trip take? 

Half-Day trips are approximately 8 miles in length, and you should plan on about 3 hours. Full-Day trips are between 12–14 miles in length and leave Banks at 9:30am and return to Banks at about 4pm. If you are traveling from the Boise area to our location in Banks, Idaho, allow about 45 minutes to an hour drive time each way, depending on what part of the Treasure Valley you are coming from.

Can you help me with planning and booking the trip?

Yes! The crew at Bear Valley Rafting has been helping people plan their whitewater rafting trip for years, and we’ve probably seen it all. Please let us know what type of whitewater rafting experience you are looking for, and we will help set it all up for you.

What should we bring with us?

Leave all valuables that can not get wet. Plenty of sunscreen, water bottles and plenty of water, towel for after your trip, and a change of clothes. You should wear whatever you feel comfortable getting wet in, swimsuits, shorts, rash guards, etc. also bring shoes or sandals that can get wet and stay attached to your feet. Signed Waiver.

How many people can fit into the rafts?

6-8 for the Main Payette and Cabarton trips. 6 for the Staircase and Canyon trips.

What days are you open and hours?

ear Valley runs trips 7 days per week May-September. Reservation and office hours are 7am-10pm daily.

Is there any extra gear needed or provided?

Bear Valley provides all needed gear for our trips. Paddles, PFD (lifejacket), and Helmets are the basics. On cooler day's or for Spring trips we provide full wetsuits, splash tops, and neoprene booties. If you choose to bring your own gear it will have to be checked over by our staff. PFD's must be a whitewater certified jacket and be at least TYPE III our provided PFD's are TYPE V. No lake or water ski jackets will be accepted.

Do you take photos?

Absolutely!! We take photos of all of our trips through some of the more major rapids. After you return you can view and purchase photos at our site or also online.

Group Rafting Trips

What could be better than rafting down exquisite whitewater in the majestic Boise National Forest? Sharing the experience with your friends! Nothing bonds a group faster than the adrenaline rush that comes from traversing down the Payette River. So, grab your customers, coworkers, friends, family, or church family and let us help you plan a day of fun you’ll remember for years to come.
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