Scavenger hunts can be played by nearly every age group. Sometimes they're done as teams and other times they're done individually. If you're unfamiliar with the game, "A scavenger hunt is a party game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, which the participants seek to gather or complete all items on the list, usually without purchasing them. Usually, participants work in small teams, although the rules may allow individuals to participate. The goal is to be the first to complete the list or to complete the most items on that list. In variations of the game, players take photographs of listed items or are challenged to complete the tasks on the list in the most creative manner. A scavenger hunt is distinguished from a treasure hunt, in that the latter involves one or a few items that are desirable and completed in sequence, while a scavenger hunt primarily collects undesirable or useless objects in random order."
According to game scholar Markus Montola, scavenger hunts evolved from ancient folk games. Gossip columnist Elsa Maxwell popularized scavenger hunts in the United States with a series of exclusive New York parties starting in the early 1930s. The scavenger-hunt craze among New York's elite was satirized in the 1936 film My Man Godfrey.
Here are a few scavenger hunt clues that I thought were pretty cool and not impossible to find!
1. Get a stranger's autograph. 2. get a picture of the entire team's reflection in something that isn't a mirror. 3. Find an out of state license plate. 4. take a picture of the entire team on a slide. 5. Get a photo of the entire team jumping (the photo must have everyone in mid-air). 6. Find and photograph an exit sign. 7. Find coins that were minted in each of the years for each team member's births. 8. Find something fuzzy. 9. Locate 10 things that are red. 10. Take a picture of someone wearing a shirt with an animal print or a t-shirt with an animal on it. 11. Find a restaurant napkin. (extra points for cute or very original). 12. Find something you think is beautiful. 13. Find someone who is at least 85 years young. Verify with photo ID. 14. Find all the letters in alphabet then arrange them in order. 15. Video your teammates singing, "I'm a Little Teapot" complete with gestures. There are many other fun and safe ideas, too. I'm sure you have a bunch of your own.
Scavenger hunts are regularly held at American universities, a notable modern example being the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt, founded in 1987. The town of Provo in Utah currently holds the Guinness World Record for organizing the world's largest scavenger hunt with 2,079 participants. One variation of the scavenger hunt is to have players solve clues and these solutions point to the object, which is to be collected.
I don't yet know which kind of scavenger hunt my friends will participate in this weekend, but I'm excited, either way, to spend time with my friends hanging out and having fun. We've been asked to dress in matching costumes and my bros and I will all go as pirates. I can't wait to see what "treasures" we find!
Monday is a Memorial Day in the US. And while it is not a holiday in Lily Pad, I will be taking the day off and spending time with my family. Perhaps we'll have a barbeque and play a friendly little game of hopscotch...always a favorite of frogs everywhere!
Please join me back here on Tuesday. Until then, have a safe weekend and I wish you all