Dr. Jim Cain


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Portrait of Dr. Jim Cain

Dr. Jim Cain is the author of 14 adventure-based teambuilding texts, including the award winning book Teamwork & Teamplay, which received the Karl Rohnke Creativity Award presented by the Association for Experiential Education, The Book on Raccoon Circles, A Teachable Moment, Teambuilding Puzzles, and Essential Staff Training Activities. He is a former Executive Director for the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and the creative force behind his training company, Teamwork & Teamplay. Jim makes his home in Brockport, NY. For 15 years he worked as a senior research engineer for Eastman Kodak. He holds four degrees, including a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Dr. Cain frequently serves as a visiting professor on subjects ranging from teambuilding and experiential education using adventure-based activities to corporate culture and leadership. He is the innovator of more than three dozen teambuilding activities and props, and has presented more than 1500 programs in 49 states and 28 countries in the past 10 years.

Raccoon Circles

Jim began teaching dance and games as a 4-H camp counselor in 1973 and has assisted with hundreds of summer camp programs in North America since then. He is a third generation square dance caller, plays guitar and mandolin, and has recorded with the ensemble Thistledown performing acoustic music of Scotland and Ireland on guitar, fiddle and hammered dulcimer. His first CD, The Hills of Lorne sold over 10,000 copies.

In recent years, Jim has presented workshops, staff training events, seminars and keynote presentations in 44 states and 12 countries. In 1996, he helped create and facilitate a team building program for the NASA Lunar-Mars project to prepare personnel for extended missions. Jim also assists with the staff training of many camping programs each year. He has designed and constructed his own barn which holds an extensive woodworking shop and space for adventure activities.

Nagano Ropes Course - Japan 1998 with News Crew

In 1998, Jim traveled twice to Nagano, Japan to construct a high and low element challenge course near the site of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. The high element ropes course was only the second ever constructed in that nation at the time and received extensive media coverage.