Scavenger hunts have been a method for larger groups of people of all ages to have fun and utilize some of their skills.
Basically, scavenger hunts revolve around finding things from a list, and the first person or group who ends up finding all the things on the list wins. Some scavenger hunts have secondary prizes so that the other participants do not feel left out.
Here is what you should do in order to organize a scavenger hunt.
1. Plan Ahead
You should plan your hunt before you invite the people over. When you plan for a hunt, have the following things in mind
- The age of the group
- The possible weather changes
- The type of hunt you want to organize
Once you know the age of the group you will want to accommodate them properly. You can’t expect elderly people to go running around an entire neighborhood finding stuff, unless they are all really athletic.
Likewise, you shouldn’t let children run around an entire neighborhood, who knows what sort of trouble they might end up in.
The weather dictates whether your hunt will be indoors or outdoors. A warm and sunny day is perfect for an outdoor hunt but an extremely hot day might require you to reschedule for an evening hunt. Rainy days are perfect for indoor hunts
2. Make a List – Make an Appropriate List
Let’s say you are making a list for a group of children. You do not want to put very difficult words or difficult to find objects otherwise your hunt will end up being boring and too challenging.
Elderly people shouldn’t be looking for extremely small objects, either. Once you have your list ready, you can invite people over.
3. Make Groups
Solo scavenger hunts are rare so divide the people present into groups. That will make the hunt much more interesting. If there are people of different ages, match the young and the old so as not to give any group distinct advantages.
4. Prizes (for Everyone)
Prizes are always a nice way to entice people to give it their best and participate in the hunt with more effort. Make sure to get appropriate prizes for different age groups. The elderly are probably not going to enjoy toys as much as the children are.
5. Add a Time Limit
A limit is necessary or the hunt might continue for an entire day. Tell people they have a limit and that they should return on time. This is important otherwise everyone could eventually win the hunt and removes a bit of the competitive suspense. Time limits help both you and the people who have to work the day after.
This is an easy and simple way to plan and organize a scavenger hunt. Make sure to check the weather forecast a few days in advance and to organize things on time.
Other than that, happy hunting and monitoring the hunt!