Scavenger hunts are so popular among children, adults, youth and basically, people of all ages, with recent popularity of various reality TV shows, such kinds of hunts have amassed more popularity today than it has ever been. They could take in varieties of forms, be tailored to the specific theme, location as well as age group and can come with different set of rules. For fostering team work, generating lots of excitement and fun and even building community, these kinds of hunts work perfectly whether you believe it or not.
Below, I have listed popular types of scavenger hunts that you can try out.
Number 1. Classic scavenger hunt – as what the name suggests, it is the traditional hunt to which participants are given with a list of items that they need to retrieve and bring back before the time limit expires. A few example of this include both hard and common items such as spork, coin with specific date, basketball, postage stamp and the likes.
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For this scavenger hunt, it has some rules and selected items. Variations might allow photos of the object to replace the actual item or creative alternatives. The rules might forbid buying the item or restrict participants from going to their house or to malls to collect the items.
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Number 2. Destination unknown – for this kind of scavenger hunt, there are clues that lead participants to a specific destination wherein they find clues to next location. The successive clues are going to bring them to specific locations where there’s a party. Clues can be in form of directions or riddles and serve as a guide to other locations or famous landmarks. There are instances to which there are helpers who are positioned at different locations to hand out clues.
Number 3. Find the pieces – hiding pieces of jigsaw puzzle around the game area designated is how this type of scavenger hunt is being played. This can be done in schools, church or even at a local park. Instead of a puzzle, you can use other objects or machines that have various pieces.
Number 4. Information scavenger hunt – instead of taking pictures or retrieving objects, the participants for this hunt must find information. It may be the date on tombstone, last item on restaurant menu, inscription on cornerstone or just any factual information that needs participants to visit a certain location.
Number 5. Mystery photo hunt – for this scavenger hunt to be a success, you may need to scout the location in advance using a digital camera. Take photos of objects, textures, unspecified locations, landmarks as well as items around the place. Crop the images tightly so it will not be quickly identified by participants and have them find it.