Little did I know when I was at the Team Leadership Center as an elementary, middle school, and high school student, I would be back working on the other side of the company. As Door County Adventure Center’s Sales Intern, I’ve had the privilege to work with an amazing team that has helped guide me through my work. Throughout the summer, I was able to work with clients and organizations that were interested in team building and leadership development programming and join us at our Team Leadership Center. Part of the internship included choosing different markets to reach out to and provide information on what Door County Adventure Center has to offer. Lets just say there were NUMEROUS emails drafted, revised, sent, and followed-up. I also dipped into a bit of marketing, always focusing on driving sales. The company LinkedIn page will always be my pride and joy, and if you don’t already follow us, please do to see what we do in regards to programming! Additionally, I was able to shadow various team building programs throughout the summer and witness how groups worked together to overcome challenges. In all, there were many valuable lessons to take away from the short three months I was part of DCAC, learning something new everyday up until the very end.
When I wasn’t working behind my computer or in meetings, I was at our many sites as a reservationist answering phone calls, booking tours, and answering endless questions about zip lining and kayaking. Being versatile in many different areas was a must. Need someone to kayak to make sure guests are safe? I was out there! Rack Cards low at sites? My car was always stocked with posters and rack cards for weeks. Egg Harbor Village Beach has given me some major muscles from pulling in rentals and giving countless paddle lessons, and my tan lines can vouch for the many adventures I was able to take part in. This internship opened my eyes to the fast-paced industry of tourism and impact weather can make.
The DCAC team is the definition of “work hard, play hard,” and it was never a dull moment. When I came back from school, I had one family, but as I leave, I’m leaving two families in Door County. I have never been part of a team that was more willing to help each other succeed through the many challenges that arose throughout the season. I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to intern with Door County Adventure Center because there was no other way I would have wanted to spend my summer, being back in the place I call home and getting to work alongside people help me pursue my future career options and learn valuable skills to take with me. It’s bittersweet to leave but this is one summer I will never forget.
There comes a time in every college student’s life where they’re forced to leave behind the fun summer job for the resume-boosting, professional-looking, office-bound internship. Luckily for me, I found an internship that allowed me to sharpen my skills while working at the beach.
I was torn between staying in Milwaukee for one of those previously mentioned internships and spending my last summer back home in Door County. With that being the case, I decided to look into potential jobs a few months prior to the onset of summer for once in my life. That decision made all the difference, and allowed me to find the one position that gave me the best of both worlds — a Marketing Internship with the Door County Adventure Center.
Like most summers, the past four months have gone by in a flash. I’ve accomplished and gained so much through this internship that it’s hard to condense it all down into words. Rest assured, I’ve managed to come up with three main categories that illustrate all that the Adventure Center has to offer its interns:
A family-like team structure
Relationships like this are hard to form in any situation. Whether it’s work, social life, or even your intramural dodgeball team, it can be hard to set aside your personal agenda to meet the needs of those who depend on you. That’s certainly not the case with this business. The Adventure Center establishes a welcoming atmosphere right away and provides you with a group of co-workers who quickly become great friends. Likewise, the input provided by employees actually gets listened to. It’s the all-for-one and one-for-all mindset that allows this place to succeed year after year and keeps people coming back.
Unmatched, real-world Experience
Like most others my age, the last thing I wanted to do with my summer was push paper and run coffee around. That type of internship doesn’t justify the time and effort we put into our education all the other months of the year. Being an Advertising major at Marquette University, I’ve been trained in a wide variety of things like Graphic Design, Social Media Strategy and Editing all of which I was able to apply to this position. As a Door County Adventure Center Marketing Intern, you will find yourself managing nearly every aspect of the company’s marketing campaign. Whether it be designing brochures, running social media accounts, or person-to-person marketing, you will be utilized and appreciated to the fullest extent.
The ability to do what you love
One of the biggest benefits of working at the Adventure Center is the fact that it’s a tourism-based company, meaning they’re in the business of having fun! They specialize in kayak tours, paddle boarding, and zip lining and offer all three opportunities to their employees at any given time. Want to catch the sunset after work on a paddle board? No problem! Want to face your fear of heights on the County’s highest zip line? Go for it! These are just a few of the fun things I got to do with the team in addition to camping retreats and experiencing the Door County nightlife scene.
If you’re a Door County local looking for a real-world experience at home, apply for this position. If you’ve never been to Door County but you’re looking for something beyond the ordinary internship, apply for this position. It will be stressful at times, but it is definitely worth the effort in the end. Just go into it with an open mind and a strong work ethic, and I can promise that you’ll leave with lasting relationships, portfolio pieces, and endless stories to tell.
Being a marketing intern for Door County Adventure Center has made the summer of 2019 an unforgettable summer. I worked with a great group of people who offered me nothing but support and encouragement. Door County Adventure Center taught me that teamwork is what makes a business run successfully. In a fast moving company catering to a diverse group of people, teamwork was key to addressing all aspects of this business, from managing a cash box handled by multiple people, to answering phones that never stopped ringing and even communicating with the customers seeking information and guidance as to how they we could maximize their time to fully enjoy everything this company had to offer.
Being a marketing intern helped me gain experience and a better understanding of the hospitality and tourism business, as well as marketing for the outdoor industry. I have learned how to tailor and highlight specific information you want to share to your target audience, how to promote and boost social media posts, how to create ads on social media and google, how to better multitask and have gotten to work on my customer service skills. I saw the intricate process that makes a business run behind the scenes and it has opened my mind to the world of business in a great industry.
While learning so many new things, I got to experience a summer in a picture perfect place that made me feel that I was sent back in time.. I was able to take full advantage of the beautiful outdoor experiences of Door County and what the community offered, while working outside. In addition to making new friends, earning money and gaining work experience, I got a free suntan and I’m the tannest I’ve ever been! Now that’s my bonus!!
I am not sure if my next job can top the memories and experiences I have created here. However, the one thing I won’t miss, is dragging along my heavy camera to all the different sites to shoot some pictures as the intern.
The programs at our Team Leadership Center challenge teams to solve problems collaboratively; hence we see a lot of collaborative leadership with the efforts to overcome obstacles. What is collaborative leadership? This type of leadership refers to when every participant works together to solve a problem. At Door County Adventure Center, our facilitators address the seven functions of a collaborative team for individuals and teams to take away from programming. Here are the seven functions that this is focused on:
The formation of a team is based on common ground of members. The needs of team members unify each other to pick a goal and strategy and work collaboratively to accomplish that goal. Competition can come out between teammates but unified teams working together will get to the end goal faster.
Unity is based on the membership of the team. On every team there are natural leaders and followers, all in which are important roles to play. With a unified team, each individual member must answer the question, “what’s in it for me?” Being part of a collaborative team has meaning to membership where personal outcomes are addressed.
TEAM TRUST & RESPECT:
Typically within a team, there is one conflict and obstacle that occurs frequently. With that, the conflict needs to be addressed along with the negative behavior that becomes part of that issue. Blame can arise and drag down a team and its membership. By being aware of each team members’ beliefs, perspectives, and their role on the team, respect and trust will be demonstrated.
Diverse work teams allow members to bring new ideas, different experiences, and more knowledge to be shared. Individuals have talents and skills that can be a resource to others when working collaboratively to overcome an obstacle. In order to work effectively as a team, each member needs to address how they contribute to the team.
Each team has standards that are expected from each member to follow and abide by. Members must be committed to their team by investing time and effort into the team itself. To work collaboratively, teams have to be congruent in their goals and how they will complete them.
Collaborative teams have to know what is expected of them and what is wanted from each other. There has to be some type of measurement to know how they will succeed, so setting goals with a way to measure success is important. Once a team knows its purpose and why each member belongs on that team, collaborative leadership will come easily.
With team collaboration, members take part in strategic development. The collaborative leadership model allows inclusive input where every member expresses their thoughts through diversity; hence, a strategy will be agreed upon with each member owning their membership to the team.
Collaborative leadership is achieved at our site because of the complex challenges on our high and low ropes course that are presented to teams, both mentally and physically. Not one person can solve the problem. Instead, all of our challenges are meant to allow teamwork and strategy. The sense of community is nurtured by collaborative leadership because no man is left behind. Have your group join us and experience these functions of a collaborative team! Contact us for a reservation request or pricing quote at 920.746.9539 or at email@example.com.
The Australasia Shipwreck at Whitefish Dunes State Park
Manufactured by notable Captain and shipbuilder James Davidson, the SS Australasia was a steam-powered cargo carrier that made the Great Lakes its home in 1884. This monstrous vessel was famous for its unique wooden-hull which allowed it to dominate the steel-hulled ships of its competitors. To add some perspective, the Australasia measured in at an astonishing 285 feet, making it the largest wooden vessel in existence at the time of her creation. She typically carried cargo such as wheat, corn, lumber, and coal and could store approximately 3000 net tons in her cargo hold. At around 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th, 1896, the Australasia met her final voyage on the waters of Lake Michigan. The ship caught fire just off the coast of Bailey’s Harbor, WI and was eventually abandoned near the shores Whitefish Dunes State Park after numerous tow lines fell victim to the fury of her flames.
(Via Wisconsin Shipwrecks)
Size: 285 ft. long - 40 ft. wide - 22 ft. hull depth - 3,000-ton cargo hold
Manufacturing: When: 1884 - Builder: James Davidson - Where: West Bay City, Michigan
Crew: Size: 150 people - Owner: James Corrigan - Captain: James Corrigan
Classification: Wooden Bulk Carrier
(Via National Park Service)
The SS Australasia made its mark on history in more ways than James Davidson could have ever anticipated. Upon being commissioned, the ship was the largest wooden-hulled carrier in existence. On her inaugural voyage to Milwaukee, Davidson made a statement for his work by hauling 3,150 tons of salt— the largest cargo ever carried to date by a Great Lakes vessel. The Australasia then went on to break the record for wheat at 74,040 bushels and again at 80,000 under command of her captain, James Corrigan. It was also recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service in July of 2013.
(Via National Park Service)
Humorous Ties to Door County:
While on what would soon become her last voyage, the Australasia was carrying a 2,200-ton load of coal from Cleveland to Milwaukee. After passing through the Straits of Mackinaw, the ship abandoned course and headed across the Lake toward the shore of Wisconsin to seek shelter from harsh winds. At around 6 p.m. the crew spotted Bailey’s Harbor just as a fire was starting in the hull. The crew put little effort into extinguishing the fire and abandoned their dinner to head for shore on lifeboats.
Shortly after this, Captain James Tufts and his crew departed from Sturgeon Bay on their tug, the John Leathem, only to find the Australasia abandoned with a full dinner set in the galley. So instead of immediately fighting the fire or towing the boat, they proceeded to finish the ghost crew’s dinner. Following their stolen-meal, the crew of the John Leathem then proceeded to tow the Australasia toward Sturgeon Bay where they ended up burning through eight different tow lines and abandoning the ship just off the shore of the Dunes.
Once the ship was abandoned for good, the Leathem went back to Jacksonport to collect the crew of the Australasia and bring them to Sturgeon Bay. As it turns out, the drunken crew of the Australasia didn’t take kindly to the idea of their saviors eating their meal, and a fight broke out on the tug. A second fight also occurred once the Leathem reached the wharf in Sturgeon Bay, ultimately forcing the Australasia’s crew to seek refuge on another ship bound for Cleveland without their cargo. An estimated 140 tons of coal washed up on shore in the months following the ship's final voyage, provoking local farmers to cash in on the fruits of the nearby wreckage.
(Via National Park Service)
The Australasia Today:
If you’re curious as to where this maritime marvel resides today, set your GPS for Door County, Wisconsin. The Australasia currently lies at its final resting place approximately 820 feet off of the south shore of Whitefish Dunes State Park. At a depth of about 15 feet below water, the wreckage of the ship is visible to the eye on clear and sunny days. There is currently a buoy marking the location of the stern, which faces toward shore and is pinpointed at the latitude of N 44° 55.301' and longitude of W 087° 11.225'. If you’re interested in viewing the wreckage for yourself, our Cave and Dunes Kayak Tour offers a unique perspective of the ship few people get the privilege of seeing!
(Via Wisconsin Shipwrecks & National Park Service)
Welcome to Door County; the Cape Cod of the Midwest and a place where water sports will become a memorable and long-lasting reality.
The Wisconsin peninsula is perfect for adrenaline junkies who want to perfect a water skiing trick or those adventurers looking to try something new- like kayaking! You may be asking yourself why people engage in these extreme water activities, sounds crazy doesn’t it? Well, there’s no simple explanation. It’s all about chasing the high you feel when you participate in a thrilling and exciting activity and the sense of accomplishment that hits you as soon as you finish. It’s a feeling everyone should experience in their lifetime.
With a generation consumed with the advancement of technology, we forget to experience life outside our little rectangular devices and how to just live in the moment. Good news is, when you’re doing a water sport activities at Door County Adventure Center, you are forced to be in the moment. It’s an exhilarating and memorable experience no handheld device can duplicate.
This summer is a great time to propose a little summer adventure for yourself, as well as your friends. Plan a day to perfect a water sport you’ve always dreamed of doing or be adventurous and try something completely new! Door County Adventure Center can help you get hooked on water activities and adventure! With our beautiful scenic tours throughout the peninsula, our kayak/paddle board lessons with highly trained guides and rentals - you can learn and become an avid water sportsman/women in no time!
So say good-bye to all those indoor hobbies this summer and say HELLO to the world of adventure at DOOR COUNTY ADVENTURE CENTER!
To learn more about our tours, lessons and rentals you can visit our website at dcadventurecenter.com or call us at 920-746-9539.
Our Team Leadership Center has hosted team building programs for the past 25 years. Tim Pflieger, President of Door County Adventure Center, has found many truths and wisdom while facilitating programs for school groups, corporate teams, and collegiate sports teams. A day of team building can seek breakthroughs and allow team members to collaborate in a unique way while working through challenges and elements at the Team Leadership Center. Why invest in a team building program? Here are FIVE reasons for your team to join us!
To Enhance Team Morale
Appreciation and value are impactful leadership tools that leaders use to ensure that their members know they are a valuable part of the team to maintain and enhance team morale.
To Improve Productivity
The more team members value and appreciate each other as teammates, the more value they have for each other and honor their place on the team. This helps teams be more positive, aligned and productive. Relationships are key to the success along with open communication. Both these factors create an environment of innovation which drives collective productivity.
To Encourage Fun in the Workplace
Team building programs are a way to get out of regular work routine and participate in activities that are outside the norm. Problem solving skills are tested through challenges and allow teammates to work collaboratively to overcome obstacles. Door County Adventure Center is always creating and adding cutting-edge team building activities that ensure fun for everyone with unique elements.
To Address Team Issues
During a team building program, leadership is encouraged and issues may arise. Programs bring out different stressors in a learning environment; hence, strengths and weakness are highlighted through various activities. Our programs can be tailored to what your team needs to address to be more successful as a group.
To Reward Employees
Programs can be a way to address issues but also can be a way to help de-stress and make the workplace positive and rewarding. Reward your team with a day out of the office for reaching goals or for their work. Have them recognize that they work in a positive and encouraging workplace. Keep the excitement going by joining us for some adventure!
Team building programs can create lasting impressions on team members with what was learned through activities. Teams can take away valuable insights from facilitators or fellow team players from the day. Consider these five reasons to invest in a team building program for some fun with Door County Adventure Center!
Go On The Mink River Kayak Tour!
Explore the Mink River Estuary this summer by doing one of Door County Adventure Center’s kayak tours! You’ll see some of the most pristine freshwater estuaries in the country and be awed by the beautiful scenery around you. There’s no better way to start the summer than by being outside with nature!
Explore the area from above! Go on the highest zip-line in Door County by checking out the zip lines at the Team Leadership Center (one of Door County Adventure Center’s locations). There’s also different zip-lines offered at other locations like the Egg Harbor Fun Park or Rowleys Bay Resort!
Check Out The Farmers Market!
Shop local and eat fresh by checking out the different farmers markets in the area! There’s no way to better know an area than by embracing what the area has to offer and taking in their culture!
Get Something Sweet From The Pink Bakery!
Start the day by grabbing something sweet, wrapped in pink! Donuts, pastries, coffee- they’ve got you covered!
Watch A Movie At The Skyway Drive-in!
Unwind after a hot and long summer day, by pretending you’re Danny and Sandy from Grease and going to the Skyway Drive-In theatre located in Fish Creek! The Skyway Drive-In has been screening movies every summer since their opening in 1950, making it the longest continuously run drive-in theatre in the state of Wisconsin! It’s 1 of the 9 drive-in’s that still exist in Wisconsin. So go give it a visit!
Watch A Sunset From A Kayak!
Bring your significant other, friends or family on the sunset kayak tour which departs from the Door County Adventure Center’s Egg Harbor Village Beach location. Enjoy the beautiful colors and scenery that surround you as you take in everything- as the sun sets and disappears behind the depth of Lake Michigan.
Shop In Fish Creek!
Shop for local art, books, gifts, etc by walking through the charming little town of Fish Creek! All of the stores there offer unique items and are locally-owned! Shopping in Fish Creek should let you experience shopping in a new and more personalized way!
Visit Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm!
Shop all things lavender by visiting Fragrant Isle, a lavender farm in Washington Island, Wisconsin! This lavender farm is home to nearly 30,000 lavender plants and 14 different types of lavender! You can visit their shop in Fish Creek as well!
Watch The Fireworks From The Water!
Get the best view of the 4th of July fireworks by watching them from the lake on July 3rd! The fireworks kayak tour will depart near the Egg Harbor Village Beach location! Sparkle the night away with friends and family and come on by to have some fun!
Try Some Of Door County’s Best Maple Syrup!
One of Door County’s most delicious maple syrup comes from Jorn’s Sugar Bush! The Jorn’s farm is located in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin and has been producing maple syrup since 1857! Jorn’s Sugar Bush produces maple syrup to farm markets, roadside stands, restaurants and stores all around the midwest and has been shipped all over the world! Amazing what a small family business can turn into! Visitors are welcome to experience maple syrup making at the farm between March 1st and April 15th!
Get A Caffeine Boost At Blue Horse Beach Cafe!
Blue Horse Beach Cafe serves tasty breakfast/lunch and waking coffee! These are all essentials to keep you going this summer! There are many things to do in Door County that you will always be busy and never bored! So don’t miss out on these opportunities, get your caffeine boost and let’s start doing!
Visit The State Parks!
Immerse yourself in nature by visiting some of Door County’s beautiful state parks! So many trails to choose from at the five parks! You can hike, bike or drive to the different scenic overlooks. You can also swim, boat, go fishing and even golf! There’s something that floats everyones boat here. All of the parks have hidden gems waiting to be discovered. You never know when you’ll reach a spot where you will find scenic views of the peninsula’s neighboring islands!