Neil Arends

2017 BRS Office Retreat - Snow Mountain Ranch

Principal Katie Barnes takes aim at 2018

This year BRS headed to Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA for a camp-themed office retreat in the Rockies!

Every year, we gather up our team for an all-office retreat to celebrate, strategize, and have a teambuilding adventure. This year we flew our Dallas team members in from Texas and started a caravan up into the Rockies for two days of some old-fashioned camp-style fun. 

DAY ONE                              

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Tour

On our way to camp on Thursday, we stopped for a walk down memory lane with a tour of Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a BRS project that was completed nearly a decade ago.

Opening Ceremonies

To kick off Camp BRS, members of our Culture Committee greeted our team with personalized sashes (hand-sewn by the talented Christine Harwood) and instructions on how to earn merit badges at the retreat. Badges were earned for engaging in various camp activities, showing your BRS spirit, exhibiting superior “adulting” skills, or happening to get lost. Everyone was found with badges intact before we left.


Retro Camp Roller Skating

The first badges went to BRS campers who donned their favorite era’s uniform for retro roller skating night. Throwback fashion from the 1960’s to the 2000’s came out in full force as everyone realized roller skating is not just like riding a bike.


DAY TWO                              

Lego Team Building Activity

Since no BRS event is complete without some form of competition, our Quality Assurance Leader, Zach Bisek, came up with a lego-building team activity to put all of our skills to the test. Teams were created with specific roles for team members so that everyone needed to plan and work together to build different types of lego structures. Watch a time-lapse of one of our teams in action here.


Camp Activities!

After some hearty competition, we took to the outdoors for some fresh air and outdoor activities. In addition to the nearly 300-foot summer tubing hill, campers tried their hands at archery, crafting, high ropes, and disc golf while some took a hike in the mountains or made a detour to check out Principal Dave Hammel’s tiny house nearby.


Firm Strategy

Following some invigorating activities, we gathered round to hear updates from leadership about the direction of the firm and talk about our plans for 2018. We continued strategizing into the night with board game competitions and skill challenges.


After a fun-filled 48 hours together, we headed home recharged and refreshed and ready to take on another year of challenges and make BRS the best we can be!

Posted by Neil Arends on October 3, 2017 at 09:57am

Tags: team building (1), strategy (1), retreat (1), people and culture (1), office retreat (4), office culture (1), camp (1)

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