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Group size
12 – 500+ participants
Team Size
4 – 8 people
Best Venue
Indoor & Outdoor
Activity Level
‍🥇 Top Rated Charitable Event

What is the Broken Bear?


This is an innovative program where people customize stuffed animals, which are then presented to a children’s charitable organization. As many children’s charities deal with kids who have some kind of malady or are differently-abled, the stuffed animals will also have a challenging feature or issue.

For example, a dinosaur might be missing a leg or a stuffed rabbit might have an eye patch. These ‘broken’ parts will be celebrated as it creates a stronger, more unique individual. The differences will be highlighted and a backstory created in the introduction card that will be given away with the stuffed animal.

The program is based on the Art of Kintsugi

What is Kintsugi?

The Japanese art of repairing broken things by mending the areas of breakage with a lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object to be recognized and celebrated, rather than something to disguise or be ashamed of.

Each person will be given a series of supplies and a stuffed animal and general instructions with the goal of creating a meaningful and unique gift for a child in need. For example: A group might remove a limb from their bear and sew the “wound” backup with “gold” or “silver” string. The gold and silver is a part of the bear and viewed in a positive light. A way to show kids or whoever to embrace their flaws and imperfections.

Logistics and Need to Know

1. We make this super EASY for you

2. The activity can be done at any indoor venue.

3. We recommend each team has a round or rectangular table and 100 - 150 sqft of space per team

4. We will find a charity or local hospital on your behalf (if you don't have one) to donate the Bears.

5. Time: 1 - 3 hour

Key Aspects to Consider:

This is NOT an off-the-shelf program
Timing - 2 - 4 hours (more time = more value)
Pairs VERY well with a team building activity, should you choose a FULL DAY
Concepts learned in training are applied and put into practice in the team building program
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Client Testimonials.

“On behalf of the Management team, I would like to officially Thank You for leading our teams today through “End Hunger Games”! The feedback from our community was overwhelmingly positive and a great way to end our day. The donation to the Food Bank resonated with us all and was the best part of the exercise.”


End Hunger Games

“I am so happy that we worked with you for Capco’s event in Puerto Rico. I really can’t say enough good things about Kerry and his team. They were all incredibly helpful, fun, professional, and just plain great at their jobs. Such amazing attitudes, professionalism, and willingness to adapt. The feedback from participants has been overwhelming, everyone had such a great time.”


Beach Olympic Games

“I liked that different people can come together quickly when genuine effort is applied. We learned how to work together effectively. Teams can work well together when everyone is given space and opportunity to do what they do best. Teamwork can be achieved in a hectic setting.”


Cross Boundary Comms Training

“Kerry, it was a pleasure meeting you. How you incorporated our characteristics and traits were perfect. I loved the elements to the boat building as well from negotiating, consulting, showcasing the product-all of it-YOU were the perfect fit for this dynamic team. What was created yesterday was epic and it will last with them for a lifetime. Thank you and thank you photos. I am sure we will be in touch.”

FCCS Consulting

Cross Boundary Comms Training

“The event was a huge success! Tom was amazing to work with! It created the common thread we wanted to pull through the entire meeting and beyond. Many mentioned how in the beginning they were skeptical and it seemed like an impossible task yet somehow over a short two hour period we were able to build a functional mechanism within our group AND connect the motions with two partner groups to achieve an extraordinary outcome.”


Cross Boundary Comms Training

“Kerry, the event was a HUGE success. People raved about how fun it was. This morning over breakfast, one participant told me they had participated in a lot of team-building activities, and this was by far the best 😊

Thank you so much - we will definitely reach out in the future!”


Cross Boundary Comms Training

“We had a great experience with Fulltilt and still have people from the field who enjoyed it so much. They've reached out to get contact information for their own partner's event to help with recommendations. The event itself was easy because the team set everything up, it created an incredible experience for those involved. I've never hosted an event where EVERYONE participated in a way like they did with the raceway.

As someone who has planned multiple in-person events / activities, I truly feel this was an actual unique activity that none of our field members had done before. They were excited, engaged, and had fun with it. If we have another in-person event, we will absolutely leverage Fulltilt (maybe even the same activity) again.

Can't recommend enough! If there are any other questions I might be able to provide, happy to!”

Kat Gerlich

Cross Boundary Comms Training

“It really was quite spectacular! It went better than I could have expected. Everyone was engaged and enthusiastic and Kerri did a great job running it all! Our Angela was amazing too and kept everything running smoothly!

I will definitely share the feedback survey and pics with our team. Thank you for your help setting this all up and please let Kerri know we thought he did an amazing job!

I think the good word will spread and you will be getting some requests for info on your events.”

Spero Therapeutics

“The event was absolutely incredible. We received an outpour of feedback from the field sharing their gratitude for the event and many shared that this was the best event they've ever done. It allowed for incredible creativity, and the team really came together.”


Vice President, Head of Clinical Operations

“You and your team are rockstars! Everyone had an amazing time, lots of laughs and you nailed the theme of our building event. We simply couldn't have asked for anything more. We appreciate your enthusiasm and energy, it was contagious!

We really appreciate you taking pictures and videos for us!!”

Tokio Marine

“The event was really good. Tom is a self proclaimed Airbus fan, so that helped get us on side immediately!

The whole event was managed very well, the team learned a little more about each other as well as about themselves. Easy to follow activities creating a sense of understanding that while the activities were a game for us, to others it is their reality day in and day out.

Tom and August did a lovely job and we go to meet the non-profit from where the chairs will be distributed.”


Cross Boundary Comms Training

"The event was a success! Initially, my group was nervous about what this "culture activity" would entail, but the activity exceeded our expectations. I'm grateful for your help and look forward to future opportunities.

Again, thank you so much; it was an absolute pleasure working with you all!"

Capital Impact Partners

Cross Boundary Comms Training

"We built cardboard boats and sailed them in the hotel pool during our first offsite as a team since PepsiCo Labs doubled its size. Our time in Miami was revealing and energizing, reinforcing our tight-knit culture as we bring innovative tech solutions to solve PepsiCo's challenges.." 😊

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"The Team Building went great and Kerry did a terrific job of integrating salient points with our morning Keynote. We did have some participants that wished we had spent more time on the Domino Effect and a little less on the paper challenge, but I think a lot of take aways came from both activities and the overall group wanted to keep trying. We are gathering feedback with a survey and will share more with you next week.

Thank you!"

Pitney Bowes

Cross Boundary Comms Training

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What is Broken Bear?

Broken Bear is a unique and heartwarming charitable event offered by FullTilt Team Development. In this innovative program, participants customize stuffed animals, which are then presented to children's charitable organizations. Each stuffed animal is uniquely crafted to showcase a challenging feature or issue, such as a missing limb or an eye patch, celebrating differences and promoting inclusivity. The program draws inspiration from the Japanese art of Kintsugi, treating breakage and repair as part of an object's history to be recognized and celebrated.

How does Broken Bear Challenge work?

Broken Bear Challenge begins with participants receiving a stuffed animal and a series of supplies, along with general instructions from FullTilt Team Development facilitators. Teams collaborate to customize their bears, incorporating meaningful elements such as "golden" or "silver" stitches to mend "wounds" and embrace imperfections. Each bear is accompanied by an introduction card detailing its unique backstory, highlighting the importance of celebrating differences. FullTilt Team Development ensures a seamless and meaningful experience, guiding teams through every step of the process.

How does Broken Bear help in Team Building?

Broken Bear Challenge serves as a powerful team-building activity, fostering collaboration, creativity, and empathy among participants. Teams work together to create meaningful gifts for children in need, promoting a sense of purpose and unity. Through the process of customization and storytelling, teams strengthen communication skills, build trust, and develop a deeper understanding of each other. FullTilt Team Development customizes the Broken Bear Challenge to align with your company's values and goals, creating a memorable and impactful team-building experience.

What are examples of Broken Bear Challenge?

Broken Bear Challenge can be tailored to various group sizes, venues, and occasions, making it suitable for a wide range of corporate events. Examples include corporate charity drives, community outreach programs, team-building retreats, and employee volunteer initiatives. FullTilt Team Development specializes in creating bespoke Broken Bear Challenge experiences that inspire compassion, creativity, and teamwork. Let us help you make a meaningful difference with Broken Bear Challenge.

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