Teambuilding & Recreation

Teambuilding activities involve problem-solving tasks designed to help group members learn how to work together effectively.  An important part of teambuilding involves reflection and discussion about the activity, including how participants approached the situation and what they learned.

Camp Burgess & Hayward’s Challenge Course and teambuilding program stimulates group interaction and promotes teamwork in a safe and fun environment.  Typical goals include:

  • Building trust, cooperation, and teamwork.
  • Improving communication.
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Re-energizing group members.
  • Providing focus for developing group goals.

This program is most effective when group leaders discuss goals and objectives in advance with our program directors.  As much as possible, our programs take place outdoors.

Group Leader Guide


Camp Burgess & Hayward offers a number of spontaneous recreational activities that are available without YMCA facilitation:

  • Ball Fields
  • Basketball Court
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Tetherball
  • Campfire Rings
  • Walks/Hikes (trail maps available)
  • Lodge and Game Room
  • Wi-fi Internet Access

Our staff can facilitate a number of fun recreational activities for groups during a stay at Camp:

Creative Arts
Participants get creative styling clay and learning how to fire and glaze their creations.  We have a variety of suggested projects.  Groups need to be at Camp for 3-4 days in order to complete the firing process.

Climbing Tower
Our 30-foot Climbing Tower is often one of the highlights of a stay at Camp.

Mountain Biking
Please call (508) 428-2571 for details.

Activities include canoeing, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing.  Participants wear lifejackets at all times; safety instruction is provided.  Boating activities are weather and water-temperature dependent.  Boating is only allowed with camp staff present. Due to time constraints for beginner sailing instruction, only people with experience will be allowed to sail.

A life-guarded swimming area, with designated deep and shallow sections is available seasonally.  Swimming is only allowed with certified Camp staff present.


We can set up campfires in either a large group setting at our beautiful amphitheater, or in smaller groups at campfire circles around camp.  S’mores supplies are available on request.

Sunset Lodge
Our cozy lodge has a fireplace and game room with pool table, table tennis, board games, foosball, and Wi-Fi internet access.

Challenge Night
Work in small groups to accomplish a variety of challenges.  This is an indoor, competitive evening activity.

Quiz Night
Compete in small groups in our general knowledge quiz, with an intermission for cocoa.  This is an indoor, competitive evening activity.


We can help you organize a number of excursions either before, during, or after your visit to Camp Burgess and Hayward.  Some trips will involve a small additional fee.

ssymca-teambuildingWe are also expanding our range of guest speaker programs, some of which are available for a small fee.  If you knowsomeone who may be able to provide specialist programs, please let us know.


Wampanoag Cultural Campfire
A member of the Mashpee Wampanoag (Cape Cod’s Native people) tribe joins us on camp for an amazing cultural experience.  Wearing traditional clothing and carrying artifacts, our guest uses story, song, and dance to educate and entertain.  There may be extra charges involved with this program; call us for more details.  This activity takes place at night.

Sandwich Glass Museum
A modern, interactive museum portraying Sandwich’s history.

Whale Watch
Sailing out of Barnstable Harbor or Plymouth.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Visit the world-renowned research center.

Cranberry Bogs
Learn more about this Cape Cod staple.

Mountain Biking/Cycling
Take a ride along picturesque Cape Cod roads, past ponds, and cranberry bogs.  Alternatively go off-road on the Trail of Tears.  Call for details.

Sandy Neck Beach
Take a hike along the dune system of Sandy Neck.

Organic Farm
Learn more about a local organic farm, and take home some fresh produce.

Sea Kayaking
Take a kayak out with an experienced instructor on one of the Cape’s beautiful marshes.

National Seashore
One of the most beautiful coastal areas in the country.

Magical Mystery Tour (Adult and family groups only.)
A multi-stop trip to some special local places.

For more information on customizing a program for your group, please call 508-428-2571 or email us.