These clues will lead youth to locations throughout the church building and grounds. On each location, post a few slips of paper with the Bible verse number that points to the next clue. Give the groups the first clue. At the position of the last clue, put “return to the youth room and receive your prize.” This scavenger hunt took 3 groups of 4-6 middle schoolers 50 minutes to complete. It was made up using the New Revised Standard version of the Bible. The clues are arranged from easier to harder.
A few hints: The groups will sometimes pick up a clue that they find without having been led there. To prevent this, tell them not to pick up any clues unless the Bible verse led them there. Or, you could have them check back with a youth leader each time they pick up a clue to make sure they got the right one. If they don’t get the clues in order, it’s likely they won’t find all the clues.
It’s hard to find active things to do indoors here in Michigan, where it’s cold ten months out of the year. The kids really enjoyed this and it was nice for the youth leaders to lean back and watch them run around the church. It helps them become more familiar with both the Bible and the church building too.
Church front door–Matthew 7:7
music room—Psalm 149:1
communion table—Mark 14:22
Pulpit Bible–2 Timothy 3:16
baptismal font—Galatians 3:27
stairs—1 Kings 6:8
ice maker—Psalm 147:17
showers –Psalm 65:10
preacher’s chair—Jeremiah 52:32
furnace room—Daniel 3:23
church office—1 Timothy 3:1
drinking fountain—John 19:28
This game has been modified from www.suite101.com.
* Works best for groups of 15-30.
This is a two-part, team-building game. The first part of the game is a scavenger hunt; the second part is a teamwork game.
The first thing that’s needed is this: 1) objects for the youth to build with (like Legos or building blocks). The second thing you’ll need is this: 2) a photograph of those objects, built into a simple structure (like a small, simple Lego house).
Now form groups with three or four youth in them. Choose a leader for each group. The leader will receive a paper with: a photo of the simple structure on it, and also a clue telling the group where the building materials are hidden. An example of a clue might read, “The bread and the wine are carefully prepared…and your building materials are carefully hidden there.”
Then send the groups off to find the building materials. After they find the materials, they are to return to a pre-assigned location. The leader of the group will then direct the others in their group how to build their structure (only the leader can see the photo of the structure). The first group to create their structure wins a prize.
The youth leader should prepare enough photos and building materials for 6 to 7 groups (18 to 21 youth).
Divide your group in 2 teams. Each team heads out with an adult, a Digital Camera, some money, and the list below. Set an hour time limit when they will return and share their pictures with the group. Set up a way to project the pictures so everyone can easily see them.
Remind your groups to be polite! BEFORE they do any activity explain what they are doing to store employees and that there may be another group coming around asking to do the same thing… if they haven’t already.
Take a Picture of… (video optional)
- Group & stranger inside McDonald’s doing the song "Da, Da, Da, Da, Da… I’m Lovin’ It!"
- Group outside a pizza place pretending to hold a pizza saying, “Pizza, Pizza”
- Group in Wal-Mart standing by a Timex Watch case and pointing to their pretend watch saying, “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking”. This was an old ad slogan from the 1960’s.
- 2 people from the group in front of video store reenacting “Luke, I am your Father” from Star Wars.
- Our group with as many waitresses/waiters you can get at Applebee’s singing their birthday song.
- Group member inside KFC flapping their “wings” (elbows out – thumbs tucked under arm pits) making chicken sounds then saying “Unthink what you thought about KFC”.
- Someone inside Wendy’s who can remember the 1980s commercial “Where’s the beef?” and say “Where’s the beef?” as a group.
- Group inside Home Depot by the batteries pretending to be the Energizer Bunny (drumming & sunglasses help) saying “Nothing outlasts the Energizer. It keeps going and going and going…”
- Group & stranger inside Burger King singing the 1970s song “Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders won’t upset us, all we ask is that you let use serve it your way. Have it your way, have it your way! Have it your way at Burger King.”
- Group at bank singing “F R E E that spells free credit report dot com baby”.
- Group & stranger in K-Mart pointing to a “Blue Light Special” sign.
- 4 from our group lying on a bed at a furniture store counting the Serta Mattress Sheep.
- Group inside grocery store holding a gallon of milk saying “Got Milk?”
- Group & stranger inside Quiznos saying “The Toasty makes it Tasty” – say it like you mean it!
- Group & stranger inside Taco Bell singing “It’s all about the Roosevelt’s baby”.
- Group working together to make a Christian symbol with their bodies in the grass in front of our church.
- A group member being a greeter at Wal-Mart or other store with greeters – make sure to ask the regular greeter first!
- A group member eating a Jimmy Johns pickle inside the restaurant.
- The group helping someone fold their laundry at a laundramat.
- The group and a police officer singing the theme to COPS “Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”
- Group & employee inside a Chinese restaurant holding Chop Sticks – be polite.
- A SMALL team member being pushed in a Pet Supplies Plus shopping cart.
- The whole group inside one car at a new or used car lot – make sure to ask first and be careful!
- The group making a human pyramid in front of the library saying “Reading is FUNdamental!”
- Group inside Rite-Aid with a bottle of Pepto-Bismol doing the song and motions from commercial “Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea”.
- 2 people in front of Cinema reenacting the line “Run Forrest, run!” from Forrest Gump.
- Group outside Arby’s saying “I’m thinking Arby’s” with the thinker pose.
- Group inside store holding a Dora the Explorer toy saying “Swiper no swiping!”
- Group inside Wal-Mart holding a jar of Smuckers Jelly with everyone saying their slogan, “With a name like Smuckers… it has to be good”
- Group flexing muscles In front of Recruiting Office or Armory Building saying, “Be all that you can be”.
- Group with a mouth FULL of M&M’s saying “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands.”
- Group at grocery store holding a box of Frosted Flakes saying “They’re great!”
- Group & employee inside any Subway with big smile saying “Eat Fresh”
- Group & stranger inside McDonalds singing the Whopper Song, “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.”
- Group inside store holding a Band-Aid box singing “I am stuck on Band-Aid brand ‘cuz Band-Aid’s stuck on me! I am stuck on Brand-Aid brand cuz germs don’t stick on me! Cuz they hold on tight no matter what on fingers, toes, and knees. I am stuck on Band-Aid brand cuz Band-Aid helps heal me!”
Contact an organization that helps people in your community (e.g. foodbank, drop-in centre for homeless people). Ask what kinds of things they need (e.g. bars of soap, disposable razors for clients’ use; particular foods–e.g. prepared/canned). From this, create a list of items that groups must “scavenge” (by going door to door). Divide the group into groups of 4-5. If you can, cover an area (say, around your church) on foot. If you wish to cover a wider area, make this a car rally. Give groups a specific amount of time–an hour–to collect as many of the items on their list as possible. Set ground rules to ensure group members’ safety (e.g. travel in pairs, no “racing” that might endanger anyone). After an hour, gather back at the church. Enjoy refreshments and see which team had the most luck scavenging things on their list. Invite someone from the organization to come to talk about how the items will be used (the purpose of their organization) and to thank the youth.
Tip: Ask the organization you are collecting items for to give the youth brochures about the work their organization does. These can be given out to the homes which participate in the scavenger hunt by donating an item. This will also help if anyone questions the youth about their motives.
This scavenger hunt is just something fun for a large group of people to do. You are only allowed to go to houses of people you know, but that are not relatives. You are given a list of things to do i.e. Find the oldest food in someone’s fridge, Sing “For she’s a jolly good fellow” to a mother of 2 children. Or even go to someone’s house take one sheet of toilet paper and flush it down the toilet. This is a great outreach to people who don’t get visitors, and the children get to learn more people skills at the same time, and maybe they just might experience their most embarrassing moment!
Make a list of things that can be done for others such as mowing lawn, rake leaves, washing dishes, sweeping front porch, take out trash, shovel snow, dust, or any basic household chore. Then set up teams (of at least 3 but no more than 6) and have them go to various houses and do things for them. It is a good idea to have an adult helping them since they may be shy. When we did it, we also took buggies into the grocery store and helped someone carry out their groceries. Some people were really surprised by this. We sent a camera along with each team so they had proof the stuff had been done. They also came back with stories of people that did not want them to do stuff and people that were over joyed by kids doing something for someone else. Afterwards they came back and the winning team got pizza.
This is an idea that I got from a youth group in Midland Texas. I have no clue where they got it but I really liked the idea and wanted to share it with you.
My youth group plays this at every lock-in, and it brings a lot of people there – we call it Search for the Holy Grail, and it’s basically a glorified scavenger hunt. The youth leaders print out little strips of paper with clues on them and hide them in their respective places (one clue takes you to the next and so on until the last clue, which leads you to the Holy Grail, which can be anything – we use a coffee mug). We go indoors and outdoors, but it could be strictly one or the other, too. We set up a room and call it ‘jail’, and all of our youth leaders are the cops, and they run around with flashlights and catch people as they try to run around the church (all the lights are off) and find the clues. Similar to flashlight tag, if you get caught in the beam, you go back to jail. The leaders can only catch two at a time. Back in jail, one leader asks kids trivia questions which, if they are answered correctly, free them. Also team members (doesn’t matter how many teams you have) can come and rescue jailed kids. It’s a blast, we always play into the wee hours of the morning.
In searching for different ways to get our youth more familiar with using their Bibles.
I looked up passages in the Bible containing animals that can be found in our local Zoo.
We planned a day a the Zoo. They had to look up the passages, then find them at the Zoo.
You can either have them take a picture (digital cameras are great) or have a leader sign off that the did find the animal. (can be hard on the leader, keeping up with a group of kids) You can make it more interesting by setting a time limit.
I gave them passages that contained 15-20 animals, they had to find at least 12. (Giving them some wiggle room for animals not on display or feeding etc.)
You can get a list of Animals in the Bible at http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/animals.html
Works like a normal treasure hunt, but with a twist! The clues are photographs. At the starting place, each team receives a photograph (maybe photocopied if clear enough). The photo is the first clue location and the group must identify that location by looking at the picture. Difficulty of figuring them out is up to you. Each group should be traveling by car (plan ahead). 5-10 clues will suffice. The group that arrives at the final destination first is the winner. *** My twist: Give each group an envelope with the final destination if they don’t get there before a specific time. You may then serve refreshments and perhaps have a study / talk at that time at a nice locale.
I usually work with teenagers, so I took a childhood idea, and made it a little more difficult for the older kids.
This took a lot of preparation, and you will need a concordance.
I gave each teen a scripture to start with. They had to read the scripture and find a hint in the scripture as to where the next egg would be, which would contain the next scripture, etc. I used places inside and outside the church. The concordance will help find a scipture to use for whatever may be around your church. I also put a piece of candy in some of the eggs, along with the scripture.
The hard part was giving each kid a different starting place. I listed all the scriptures several times on a piece of paper, and moved down one line with each new starting scripture. So they were all in the same order, but one group was behind another in the search. It helped keep them from getting bunched up. I had them all end together though, which just takes a little thinking about where to send them last. Each church can customize this. I used one color egg for each group. That way they didn’t get someone else’s message. And we knew who had skipped an egg by what was left around. Most of the kids really enjoyed this. Hope yours does too.