How to Create Your Own Scavenger Hunt

Updated January 23, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

College students participating in scavenger  huntBy Sally Greene

May 24th is a day dedicated to enjoying the fun of scavenger hunts. This party game has been around for ages and has still managed to be a popular form of entertainment in the modern era. This popularity could be credited to the fact that scavenger hunts can be made for all ages, and you can make them as big and intricate as you want. Generally, this game consists of a person or team that are challenged to find certain items and must “scavenge” or “hunt” for them. While the possibilities are endless when it comes to types of scavenger hunts, we at Infoplease would like to give you a few helpful tips on how to get started on creating your very own.


Organizing Your Hunt

It’s best to start by deciding who you would like to participate in the scavenger hunt. This could mean two people or even up to 20 depending on how big you want your game to be. You can then create teams based on your players as you desire. Next, it is important to decided when and where the scavenger hunt will be held. Depending on how many players, the game could be held in a small setting such as a house or backyard, or it could be played in a much larger place like a park or neighborhood. For younger players, it is always important to have adult supervision when going outside and having a buddy system when in large areas. If you’re planning on having the hunt outdoors also make sure you check the forecast beforehand or bad weather could put a damper on your festivities.


Getting Creative

Deciding on what items you want your players to find during the scavenger hunt is where you can let your creativity flow. Again, you can go as simple as making a list of household items or things found in nature, or you can hide your own items in special places to be found. As you create your list of items, you can then decide how intricate and hard you want your game to be. It may be fun to write out hints or riddles for your players to really get them thinking. Always be sure to keep the age of your players in mind, you don’t want the game to be too hard for younger players or seem too childish for older ones. Once this is finished, decide on a time limit for an extra challenge or come up with a prize for the winner. There is no limit to how creative and unique you can get when organizing your scavenger hunt.


The Day Of

Once everything is planned out and the date is set all you have to do is gather your items and wait for the day of the hunt. On the day of the scavenger hunt, start by hiding your items early if that is the route you have chosen. Make sure you remember where you hid the objects, taking pictures or writing it down is a great way to make sure you don’t forget. As your players arrive and ready themselves for the game, divide them into teams if you have chosen to do so and give them all a list of your items or clues. Make sure they know to meet back at a certain spot once they’ve finished the hunt or their time has run out. Once these steps are finished you can begin your game and wait to see who your winners are.

For more ideas and tips on this game you can check out the GooseChase app and website, which can give you more guidelines on how to create your very own scavenger hunt.

Related FactMonster article: Help Students Learn Through Using Online Scavenger Hunts

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