“Camping is a way to have fun with our colleagues and remember that we aren’t just coworkers, we are also friends outside of the office,” says Haj Carr, TrueLine Publishing CEO.
September 19, 2017
TrueLine Publishing’s 5th Annual White Water Rafting & Camping Retreat, held late August of 2017, received record attendance with 80 percent of the company’s employees joining in on the weekend adventure. TrueLine, an international publishing firm located in Portland, Maine, organizes an employee-only rafting and camping getaway each summer in The Forks, Maine, as a chance for the team to bond and get to know one another outside of the workplace.
TrueLine, which was named Best Places to Work in Maine 2017 and 2016, encourages employees to attend the retreat – where rafting is optional, and camping is for everyone. The company rents a full campsite near Moxie Falls where employees enjoy fully-equipped and furnished cabins. Campfires, lawn games, snacks and drinks are provided on-site, giving attendees a truly all inclusive experience.
“Camping is a way to have fun with our colleagues and remember that we aren’t just coworkers, we are also friends outside of the office,” says Haj Carr, TrueLine Publishing CEO. “Like in any other community or relationship, work requires attention in order to make it fun.”
Rafts, life jackets and other essential gear is rented from Moxie Outdoor Adventures Inc., a local provider, and professionally trained guides volunteer their time to bring the TrueLine team down a 12-mile stretch of Kennebec River that boasts class 3, 4 and 5 rapids.
Volunteer guides include Sean O’Reilly, director of professional development at TrueLine Publishing, Lily Hanstein, a branch manager of Gorham Savings Bank at Long Wharf and a recent volunteer at United Way of Greater Portland, and Robert “Bo” Miller, an analyst programmer at Tufts CTSI.
The Annual Retreat was established in 2012 by O’Reilly, who initiated and planned the inaugural event. Today, the retreat is a staple in TrueLine tradition and multiple team members help organize the outing. Hanstein also organizes a similar trip for her branch of Gorham Savings Bank.
“When I worked as a raft guide, I was able…