“Most of what I really needed to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox in kindergarten.”
Building a corporate team can be a fun day at the beach. One can actually observe a group of individuals become a team when united by the singular goal of building a sandcastle. Creativity is sparked. Plans are improvised, discussed and finalized. A natural division of labor occurs. Participants experience a learning curve while executing various tasks. Leaders emerge. Situations often arise which call for revisions or modification of the original design. The element of time must be factored into the mix along with the allocation of limited resources. Cooperation becomes paramount. Abstract business school concepts are reduced to practice and experienced in this non-threatening, yet competitive, environment of a sandcastle contest. Entries are then judged and winners rewarded with solid gold plastic medals. Picture opportunities abound. A sense of accomplishment and a great deal of self-satisfaction is guaranteed.
Graduates have included engineers, record company execs, pharmaceutical marketing teams, business consultants, attorneys, government agencies, and the sales divisions of various manufactures.
No special skills are required. All tools and equipment are provided. The lesson runs about an hour. The contest portion lasts one, two or three hours at your option. Participants are shown the proper use of molds and forms. The lesson includes basic carving (windows, doors, steps, archways, and even brickwork.) Prices depend on location of event and the number of teams involved.
See you at the beach!
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Group sandcastle lessons are the perfect beach activity for company picnics, church groups, scout troops, social clubs, and family reunions. No special skills are required. All tools and equipment are provided. The lesson runs about an hour. Participants are shown the proper use of molds and forms and basic carving techniques (i.e. towers, walls, windows, doors, steps, archways, and brickwork.) The group is then divided up into teams and has their own contest. The contest can last one, two or three hours (at your option.) The winning team members receive solid gold plastic medals. Pricing depends on the number of teams and location of the event.
Private sandcastle lessons are also available by appointment for those wanting a more complete course and individualized attention. No specials skills are required. All tools and equipment are provided. The proper use of molds and forms is taught along with basic carving techniques (i.e. towers, walls, windows, doors, steps, archways, and brickwork.) The session runs about four hours and includes information on entering contests and other sand sculpting tips and techniques.
Consulting & Judging. Ray Karch has been a Consultant and Judge for several sand castle events including the Santa Barbara Sandcastle Contest and the Barstow Chamber of Commerce Sandcastle Contest. He is a perfect combination of teacher and judge that brings enthusiasm and humor along with a wealth of experience and knowledge on how to construct these magical structures.
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Any event at the beach becomes truly special and unique when you include a sandcastle or sand sculpture.
Birthday parties. Young and old alike love to see sandcastles being built. You can end the party by all knocking it down and making a keepsake video of the event.
Marriage Proposals. Pop the question with a romantic walk on the beach at sunset as she comes upon your offer of marriage carved in sand.
Beach Weddings. Have a sandcastle centerpiece or perhaps a giant heart of sand with your names carved on it, at your beach wedding.
Graduation parties. Have a replica of your school made of sand and then “go Godzilla” on it. Better yet, use squirt guns to blast it apart little by little.
Restaurant openings & anniversaries. Celebrate with a sandcastle. Make a replica of your restaurant in sand for keepsake photos with patrons.
Family reunions. It’s good clean family fun. The entire clan can have fun building a giant sandcastle with the family named carved at the base.
Fourth of July parties. Show your patriotism as you make a replica of the Capitol building or Washington Monument.
Company picnics. Put your company name and logo into a sandcastle for a keepsake group picture. They’ll all be talking about it at the water cooler for months.
Summer beach parties. Everyone wants pictures of themselves standing next to the sandcastle with a big shovel in their hand to show their friends.
Holiday cards. A sand “snowman” makes a great Christmas card for relatives back east. What better way to show our brutal California winters?
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