Team Building Activities For the Bold

Thompson Island’s Extensive Adventure Ropes Course Will Put You and Your Team to the Test! 

If you are looking for new team building retreats that don’t feel stale, our Discovery challenge courses are for you.

Our team building activities will challenge your group to work together, play hard, and overcome obstacles. Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s Discovery programs use adventure and challenge in the natural world to help keep you and your organization at the top of its game! Whether your goal is to work towards greater group cohesion or improving teamwork and communication skills, our custom-designed programs will get you your desired outcomes.

Spend the day participating in sequences of creative program solving and collaborative and physically challenging activities that utilize our low and high ropes adventure courses. Leave with your group members realizing their full potential as individuals, teammates, and leaders.

Course Area

Thompson Island is one of the largest, most accessible and most ecologically diverse islands in the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. With 204 acres of undeveloped property, the island has mature forests, meadows, freshwater and marine wetlands, salt marshes, and a variety of important geological features. Amenities include a campus complete with dormitories, a dining hall, classrooms, lab space, auditoriums, a gymnasium, outdoor ropes courses, and climbing towers.

Thompson Island’s ropes course offers a wide array of challenge options including climbing walls, a Giant’s ladder, a woodland low ropes course area and two 62-foot tall Alpine Towers. These adult obstacle course challenges offer the perfect setting for a day of fun, adventure and team bonding.

Team Building Challenge Course Packages


Thompson Island offers hands-on adventure challenge courses for many age groups including middle school and high school classes, undergraduate college orientation groups, and sororities, fraternities, and independent clubs and organizations. Discovery bookings offer custom-designed programs that help each group meet their specific goals and desired outcomes. Learn more about Discovery here.

When booking a challenge course package through Discovery many groups like to end their day with a relaxing barbecue on the beach for an extra fee. All Discovery groups have the option to add catered meal packages to their booking or extend their visit to Thompson Island by reserving overnight accommodations on the island.

Outward Bound Professional

Graduate students and professional organizations interested in booking challenge course team building retreats on Thompson Island can book customized adult programs  designed to yield high-performance teams  through our Outward Bound Professional services. Outward Bound Professional programs are offered year round and follow a customized four-phase approach designed to help professional organizations meet – and surpass- specific goals.

Make Your Event an Experience that Gives Back

By choosing Thompson Island’s Discovery programs for your team building event you are not only getting a day jam-packed with fun and unforgettable moments on our challenge course, you are lending support to the free programs we offer to Boston Public School students every year. Proceeds from our Discovery bookings and island event rentals help fund our multi-year sequence of hands-on field science infused with Outward Bound’s unique approach to character development that play a crucial role in closing the opportunity gap faced by our city’s urban youth.