Customized corporate leadership development and team building programs

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Since 1988, West Pines Training Center has been bringing teams together and helping to develop leaders.

The West Pines Training Center, located just west of metro-Denver on the Lutheran Medical Center campus, offers corporate leadership development and team building utilizing experiential activities and group challenges. Thousands of groups have benefited from our adventure programs, including corporations, government offices, school teams and church groups.

Experienced facilitators work with group leaders in advance to develop a customized program designed to fit your teams' specific needs that will transfer to work and personal life. Humor, fun, compassion and a growth mindset are integral to each program. We find that work/life is enhanced and relationships deepened through these shared adventures.

We can accommodate groups from as few as two (i.e. partners, mother/daughter, etc.) and as large as 100. Our programs are customized to meet your team's needs, including your budget. We offer discounted rates for not-for-profit groups. We also have scholarships for qualifying organizations.

What types of activities are offered?

  • *Warm-up activities that engage the group and set the tone for the day.

  • *Group challenges that focus on building trust and improving team interaction. Some examples are Group Juggling and Lean on Me.

  • *Low challenge course activities that encourage support and engage the group in accomplishing a common goal. These are often pre-set structures that groups must navigate mentally and/or physically.

  • *Ropes course activities that involve encouraging and coaching one another through a roped climb supported by a group of team members who are harnessed, helmeted and connected to the climber. The elements are connected by industry standard cables and poles. Examples include a leap of faith, postman’s walk, zip line, giant’s ladder and vertical playpen.

  • *Alternate off site options: snowshoe adventure, rock climbing, orienteering, stand up paddle board.

What does a typical team day look like?

Each program is customized to your desired outcomes and goals. An overview of the day might look like this:

Morning: A variety of easy and welcoming warm-ups followed by a brief safety talk. Small group skills development activities; delve into issues and content related to groups needs and purposes of program (developing trust, authentic communication, etc.)

Lunch Break: We'll provide your group with a catered meal.

Afternoon: Increasingly complex group challenges or high ropes challenge course. 

Closing: Bringing it all together - small groups reconvene for closing team activities.

Are there any fitness requirements?

You do not need to have experience for any of the activities. The necessary skills are easy to learn. Team members choose their level of participation.

What should we wear and bring?

We suggest that you wear comfortable, casual clothing and tennis shoes or low hiking shoes. Colorado weather is often unpredictable so we recommend dressing in layers. Come prepared with sun protection, sunglasses, hat and a full water bottle. 

Organizations we've helped:

•Aurora Youth Options
•Camp Hope
•City of Arvada Chamber of Commerce
•Colorado Department of Human Services
•Colorado School of Mines
•Colorado Youth at Risk
•Denver International Airport
•Denver Public Schools
•Einstein Bagels
•Internal Revenue Service
•Jefferson County Schools
•Jefferson County Schools Search and Rescue Camp
•Kaiser Permanente – Management Development Series
•Mi Casa Resource Center
•Rock Bottom Management Program
•SCL Health Learning and Development Collaborative
•SCL Health Revenue Cycle
•U.S. Department of the Interior
•Vantage Point High School – Discovery Program


"In 2010, our nursing units got the privilege of moving into new units. While this was very exciting for us, we were also concerned that this move could decrease teamwork and communication between our units. We requested a team building experience to further build our relationship between our charge nurses, to minimize any potential negative impact these changes may have. I believe this day was worthwhile and an effective team-building time for our team. As they worked together on challenging events, they learned more about one another and experienced the importance of clear communication and listening to understand what the other person was saying. We appreciated the support of the West Pines team to help us navigate the changes ahead and to remind us of the tools that help each one of us to be a more effective team member.”

-Marcia Teague RNC, MS Clinical Manager Mom/Baby/GYN Lutheran Medical Center

"Thank you so much for your support of the Thornton Girls Tennis Team and your generosity in helping us to have a wonderful team experience at the West Pines Training Center Ropes Course. Below are some quotations from the girls about what the experience meant to them. “The ropes course helped me and my partner because we were really down on each other because we were not having fun on the tennis court. We learned how to have fun by bonding and we learned how to trust each other. If we fell over, we knew our teammates were going to catch us. Usually we learn to take risks as individuals. Through the ropes course, we learned how to take risks as a team.We are more of a cohesive unit.”

-Meredith Pettersch Varsity Tennis Coach/Math Teacher Thornton High School

"Thank you for helping me and my classmates to create a stronger family between us…I now know that I can trust them more than I ever thought. This experience will help our class in many ways.”

K. M. Discovery Program Student Vantage Point High School