Scavanger Hunts

6 meeting scavenger hunt

We used a six week scavenger hunt that had a weekly prize and a grand prize for our kids. The kids loved it and we wanted to share it since we put a lot of work into it. I hope this comes out lined up ok. Some items are parish specific but can be easily changed.

Points / Items / Frequency
5 1 point each with a max of 5 points -Pantry Items – Non Perishable food(Dry food, can goods, etc.) for St. Vincent DePaul Society – Person who brings in most each meeting will receive an additional 1 point Every Meeting
5 For each youth brought to youth group that has never been to this youth group before Every Meeting
5 1 point each with a max of 5 points – Baby Items (New or Used) for 1st way life center. Baby clothes sized newborn to 2T, Onesies, Booties, Tights, hats, socks, receiving blankets, burp cloths, bibs, crib sheets, changing pads, hooded towels, bottles, diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, cereal, shampoo, lotion, diaper rash cream, etc.- Person who brings in most each meeting will receive an additional 1 point Every Meeting
5 Attend 1 Daily Mass Monday through Saturday each week between youth group meetings. Dated signature from priest, Deacon or youth group leader needed for credit. (Class masses do not count) Every Meeting
2 Letter of appreciation to FMIJ signed by Youth Group Member Sealed in envelope, stamped and addressed.(Limit 1 per FMIJ and only 2 per meeting) Every Meeting
2 Spare change for St. Vincent DePaul Society. Any amount of change will get points. Person who brings in the most each week will receive an additional 1 point Every Meeting
2 Pop Tops for cancer research- Person who brings in most each meeting will receive an additional 1 point Every Meeting
2 Your own creative idea for a scavenger hunt item Every Meeting
2 quote a bible scripture from memory 1 verse but must know book chapter and verse (Can not do same verse each meeting) Every Meeting
2 Call someone from youth group who was at last meeting to encourage them to come to next meeting Has to be a different person each meeting it can never repeat Every Meeting
2 3 facts you find interesting about Saint “Different Saint Each Meeting” Every Meeting
2 Box top/Campbell Soup labels for St. Margaret’s School. Person who brings in the most each week will receive an additional 1 point Every Meeting
2 Attend Youth Group Meeting Every Meeting
10 Attend Holy Hour “All Holy Hours before next meeting listed for points” First Meeting
5 Bring in a baby picture of yourself First Meeting
2 Find out Father Cal’s middle name – from St. Margaret An extra point if you can get him to give you a signature with his COMPLETE name First Meeting
2 3 Bandanas, handkerchiefs, or cloth napkins First Meeting
10 Attend Pro Life Procession on October 16th Second Meeting
2 How many Sacraments has Father Allen(From St. Margaret’s) received and what are they? Second Meeting
2 Favorite Saint from everyone’s “Favorite things” List (You can call and ask them if you do not remember) Second Meeting
2 Say the Gifts of the Holy Spirit from memory Second Meeting
2 Submit a name for our youth group to call ourselves (Be Creative!!) Second Meeting
1 Bring in a Rosary Second Meeting
2 What is Deacon Bob’s Patron Saint? – from St. Margaret Third Meeting
3 Say the Fruits of the Holy Spirit from memory Third Meeting
1 A picture of St. Peter’s in Rome + 1 each for the 4 major Basilicas Third Meeting
1 Relic of a saint Third Meeting
1 The words of 2 hymns always sung at benediction Third Meeting
1 The title, year, director of your favorite religious movie Third Meeting
2 Lion of Judah Prayer Community Leaders – or if no interenet access you will need to ask Fr. Allen for help Third Meeting
10 Help a Shut-In Day – Saturday We cleaned up their yard from fall Third Meeting
2 What is the Book and Verses of when Gabriel visits Mary and tells her she is having Jesus. Third Meeting
2 A Vatican coin or postage stamp Fourth Meeting
2 A Latin/English Mass Missal Fourth Meeting
2 A chapel Veil Fourth Meeting
1 A Sacred Heart Auto League Magnet Fourth Meeting
1 A Saint Christopher Auto Plaque, Statue or Magnet Fourth Meeting
2 How many pets does Deacon Mike have and what are their names? Fourth Meeting
1 – 5 Children’s books for St. Vincent DePaul. 1 point each max 5 points, 1 extra point for who brings in the most Fourth Meeting
5 A Written story of what you like best about youth group Fifth Meeting
5 Write your own prayer, that has not been published, or recited by a deacon or priest yet. Fifth Meeting
2 What is Father Allen’s favorite TV show Fifth Meeting
2 Name the 7 deadly sins and their counterpart virtues from memory Fifth Meeting
1 Name the 4 Theological and 3 Cardinal virtues from memory Fifth Meeting
1 A Mass Card to have a Mass said for someone Fifth Meeting
2 Name 5 apparitions of Our Lady (Mary) Fifth Meeting
5 Ask any deacon of St. Margaret’s to tell you do something crazy at next youth group meeting and do it Sixth Meeting
5 Attend Christmas Caroling with Youth Group Sixth Meeting
5 We did the name before BUT come up with a name for our youth group AND make a creative sign on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. One of the names will become official and if yours is picked, you get an extra point. All kids and core team will vote on it. If you can not think of a name but you are creative, call Mr. Fleming and ask him for a name. Sixth Meeting
2 Button Hole Puzzle intact without shirt (1 – point if still on shirt) Sixth Meeting
2 16 Books of Bible Puzzle Sixth Meeting
5 Attend Holy Hour January 1st Sixth Meeting
5 List Book, Chapter and verse where each of the joyful mysteries can be found Sixth Meeting
5 Bible scavenger hunt 3 = 1 point, 6 = 2 points, 9 = 3 points, 12 = 4 points, 17(all) = 5 points Sixth Meeting
10 Recite Books of Old Testament from memory- If one is wrong you can try again following meeting Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
10 Signature of all members on St. Margaret’s Parish Council Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
10 Design and write up a game, complete with rules, for the youth group (indoor or outdoor) to play. Has to be your own creation of a new game or a known game with a twist. (Examples: Beach Ball Volleyball, bible verse tag) Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
5 Recite books of New Testament from memory- If one is wrong you can try again following meeting Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 A picture of 3 people doing the “Hear No Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil thing” Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
5 Say the 20 mysteries of the Rosary in order from memory Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
3 Current Officers with Names and offices/titles of all Knights of Columbus at St. Margaret’s Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
3 Current Officers with Names and offices/titles of all Legion of Mary’s at St. Margaret’s Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
3 Evidence of a personal visit to a monastery (Picture, Receipt from gift shop, etc) Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
3 Evidence of a personal visit to a shrine Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
3 A picture or statue of our lady of Fatima and written story Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 A picture of an officer of the law (+2 if you can get him to flash the Peace Sign) Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 Picture of yourself doing something GOOFY !!! Be Creative !!! Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 A Picture of a person with an apple on their head Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 An out of date bumper sticker (Picture or actual sticker) Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 Name all apostles from memory Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 Picture and autograph of you with your parish priest Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 A picture of Bishop Galante +1 if autographed Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 Picture of the oldest Catholic Church in the Camden Diocese Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 Your picture in front of a statue of a father or doctor of the church Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
1 A picture of yourself at your Baptism and first communion 1 each Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)

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Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

We made a twist on an ordinary alphabet scavenger hunt. In order to “grow our group” and let others in on what our group was all about, we did this scavenger hunt as follows:

When everyone arrived, I had sheets of paper with all of the letters of the alphabet listed down the side with a line out to the side of each letter.

I gave one sheet to each team and told them we were having an alphabet scavenger hunt. But, instead of finding items, they had to find people. They were to contact persons for each letter whose first name began with the letter they were needing. ie: Contact an Aubrey for A, Bob for B, etc. They had to get the persons to come to the church and sign on the line next to the letter of their first name in order for them to get credit for each letter. Each scavenger who came in could only sign one team’s sheet. Each team was given an hour time limit to get as many there as possible.

It was a blast for them to do. Cell phones popped out very quickly as they got to work trying to coax people to join us. As well, teams stole each other’s people as they arrived by getting the person to sign on their paper instead of the team who called them.

When time was up, we served dessert to everyone there and gave prizes to the team with the most person’s signatures on the line. We more than doubled our attendance that night and had a great time getting to know new “scavengers”!

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Alphabetical Mall Scavenger Hunt

This hunt works like a grand shopping trip. Take your youth group to a mall and divide them into teams. The object of the game is for the teams to locate and purchase items beginning with each letter of the alphabet (maximum of 26) with the least amount of money. The maximum allowable amount to be spent on items is $10.00. We usually give the teams 2 hours to complete the shopping adventure. Depending on the size of the mall you can limit the number of items purchased from each store. We have Dollar Stores in our area so we only allow one (1) item from that store. Each item presented to the judges at the end must be accompanied with a sales receipt. Some malls have stores in them that would be objectionable to youth groups to go in. We make these stores off limits. No one is allowed leave the mall proper and if the mall is an indoors mall, no one is allowed to go outside the mall doors. The judges award points for the largest object, the smallest object, the funniest and the most unique. We will usually pre-tour the mall a few days in advance and select items that are high point mystery items. If the teams are lucky enough to buy one of these items they receive the extra points. The winning team is treated to treats from the mall food court. This is easy on the adult leaders, great any time of the year and is a lot of fun to see just what the kids will come up with.

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Alphabetical Scavenger Hunt

This hunt works basically the same as any except; the objects that are being searched for can be anything. The only stipulation is that the teams must find one object beginning with each letter of the alphabet (that would be 26).

The way we did it was split up into teams and had a two-hour time limit. We used volunteer adult drivers to reduce the risk (we photocopy the driver’s licenses and insurance cards just to be safe). The teams can go anywhere to get items, just so long as they are not stolen and the team is back to the starting point before the time limit. At the end of the hunt, we have a table set up for each team and the teams display all of their items on their table. It is fun for the team (and leaders) to see what the other teams came up with during the hunt.

After all of the teams had their items displayed and everyone had a chance to look at the other teams tables, we had a group of our adult leaders serve as judges and independently judge each group on completeness (having an item for each letter) and on creativity. After the judges scored individually they got their heads together, compiled the scores and then announced the results (we had prizes for each place). A huge lighted Santa (the city used to hang from the light poles downtown) for S and a golden Lab Named Zack for Z were some of the items we ended up with were just to name a couple. This is the easiest hunt I have ever done, as there is very little prep work and definitely the most fun!

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Alphabetical Scavenger Hunt – Variation

This is a twist on the Alphabetical Scavenger Hunt. Same idea, except extra points are awarded for a scripture that goes with the item found! For instance, if a GI Joe Army doll is used for “A”, 1 point may be awarded. If the youth also knows that the word “army” is found in 1 Samuel 17:21, 5 points may be awarded.

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Amazing Race

Based on the TV Show

We selected drivers and a vehicle for each team of three.

Everyone started at the same location and were given the first clue. The first clue brought them to the local grocery store where they were handed a disposable camera (this was paid for in advance). With the camera the store handed them their next clue.

From this point on they had to take a picture of each event. This insures that everything is recorded so you have lasting memories.

Their next clue brought them to the local bowling alley where the first team to knock down 100 pins got their next clue.

This clue brought them to another location to do a quiz. Once done the quiz they were handed the next clue.

This brought them to the local curling club where they had to put a rock in the centre of the circle. Once that was done they got their next clue.

This brought them to a section of the woods where they were met by someone who handed them a match, a big tin can, some wood, water and soap. First team to boil the water and soap got their next clue.

and so on and so on.

The first team back to the starting location is the winner. We provided certificates for everyone involved, gave out prizes (gift certificates and chocolate) for the winners. Drivers were not official members of the team (they could not help) but they were given a little something as well.

This is the first year we did this and it was a huge hit. It will be an annual event.

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Amazing Race: Mission Edition

Based off of the TV show, but with a Service-centered twist.

I try to emphasize to my youth group how important service and volunteerism is, so when I saw their passion for scavenger hunts, I decided to combine the two.

You’ll need adult drivers for each team and lots of colored index cards.

Begin at the church. Divide youth into teams and tell them which color cards they will be looking for. They can only touch cards that correspond to their colors. Any tampering with other teams’ cards is off-limits.

Hand each team a card with a Bible verse on it, e.g. Matthew 3:16, which leads them to the baptismal font. Teams race to locate the verse and reach their destination where they find the card that tells them their next destination. You can tell them outright that they are going to a certain destination, or make it a clue.

The teams drive to their next destination where they either get another clue or have to do a challenge (I do a challenge at every other site). This is where the mission comes in.

For challenges, pick homes of church members who need help around the house, like raking leaves or walking dogs. Our church is in a rural area, so we milk cows or pick cotton. Drive to church members houses and pick up donations for Goodwill, then drop them off. Pick up grocery lists for shut-ins and deliver them. So long as it’s service, it’s a good challenge.

Since the teams may arrive at close to the same time, make sure the challenges are things that they will be able to complete simultaneously. For example, if they’re raking a yard, have the yard evenly divided before they arrive. However, you don’t necessarily have to have even amounts of rakes and bags – that’s part of the bonus of arriving first.

After teams complete challenges, they receive new clues for their next destination and the race continues. The last clue brings them back to the church for a celebration dinner and reward for the team that won.

A nice addition is to give each team a video camera (which they can give to the adults to use when they’re doing their challenges) and you can watch each team’s video during dinner.

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Another Sound Scavenger Hunt

Here’s some more ideas for a “sound” scavenger hunt. We’re actually doing this with a college crowd, but all sounds are appropriate for younger ages too. Pop-can opening, cards being shuffled, someone saying “I love you” in a foreign language, video game in an arcade, 10 toilets being flushed, have a random passer-by say their name and describe their shoes, a store clerk singing a silly song, a sneeze — double points if it’s REAL.

Good luck — Daryl

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Back To School Blues

In mid September we had a “Back To School Blues” scavenger hunt. I enlisted 3-4 adult drivers and compiled a list of “blue” things. Ex: a blue crayon, a blue shoe, a blue tissue, etc.. The kids had 1/2 hour to find as many things on the list as possible. When they returned to the church we had a pizza party. The youth and the drivers had a blast!!!

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Backwards Scavenger Hunt

Here’s an interesting twist on the classic scavenger hunt. Instead of providing a list and sending students off to find the items, send the students off to find the items and then provide the list. Here’s how it works…

1. Create a panel of 3 judges.

2. Divide your students into 3 or more groups.

3. Give the groups 5 minutes to go find a huge collection of various items that will form their pool of resources. They may come back with styrofoam cups, couch cushions, pop cans, hockey sticks, etc.

4. Each group returns to the room/gym with a nice big pile of items in front of them.

5. As the leader, you will read out one item on your scavenger hunt list – for example: Life preserver.

6. The students then quickly collaborate to come up with one item or a couple of items that will represent “life preserver.”

7. Once they have an item, they rush up to the panel of judges. They rush because bonus points are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd groups ready for judging.

8. Each group presents their item and is given a brief opportunity to sell the judges on why their item best represents “life preserver.” One group may bring two couch cushions tied around a student’s waist with rope. Another group may bring up a Bible.

9. Judges secretly score each team and after all teams are done presenting, the judges reveal their scores and award the bonuses for the first teams to have their list item ready.

Have fun with your list items and to keep things interesting, make some of them intentionally vague and open to interpretation.

Make sure you set up clear boundaries at the outset so that students don’t get into rooms or offices they shouldn’t and remind them that whatever they bring to the room/gym, they have to return when the game’s done.

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