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!”
Divide the group into teams of 2 or 3 people each and give each group a combination of old magazines. Then give them a list of various items, photos, names, etc, that could be found in the magazines. As soon as a group finds one of these items, they cut it out and collect as many as they can in the time limit. The list can be long or short depending on this time. Some items will be found in several magazines and some will only be found in one.
I have been doing this event anually for seven years now and it keeps getting bigger so I guess the kids like it. The youth are broken up into teams of 4 – 5 kids and they are are given sheets with riddles and a banana. They have an hour and a half to solve the riddles which tell them what they need to measure with the bananas. Points are given if they have the right thing and the right measurement but mostly for the right thing.
Set up is also quite fun too. I use it as an opportunity for a one on one meeting with one of the kids. We go out to the mall, luckily I live in Edmonton with the World’s Largest Mall where there is no shortage of stuff to use. I use some obvious stuff some hard stuff and some fun stuff (one year I had them measure a urinal, I made sure each team had a couple of boys in it). You can choose anywhere that there is a lot of stuff you can use. Even a neighborhood, train station or whatever.
My chosen assistant and I go and find stuff and measure them with a tape measure, an infared tape measrure works really well if you have one. Then we chose a theme for the riddles to follow. I.E. a scatter brained tourist trying to remember his trip to the mall and can’t figure out what he saw but he discribes it in a weird way. Then we do the riddles usually about 15-18 will give about an hour and a half challenge dpending on how big your area is and how hard your clues are.
I buy the bananas a few days ahead of time to make sure they get nice and ripe. And so you can measure them and convert your answers to bananas. We give bonus points to the groups that eat the banana after but I should say drink it because they turn liquidy after all the abuse.
During the event me and the assistant hang out and walk around the whole hunt and sell clues to people and also buy prizes for the top three teams.
The groups have to be back at the meeting point on time or the get docked points for each minute late. Then we go to a restaurant for snacks – make reservations ahead of time. During which my assistant and I score the teams and then announce the winners and hand out the prizes.
E-mail me using the email address above and I can send you some samples of what we have done in the past.
Basically you use general scavenger hunt rules. You start off by finding Bible name like David, Jonah, etc. After finding a list of about 10 names tell your youth to go out and find object that relate to the names or the story that that person is in. For example, David a stone, Jonah a picture of a fish or a real fish. Drawing pictures of objects are allowed for objects that are difficult to get a hold of. Have fun and be creative. **liz&kat ><>
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.
This hunt can be played with any number of kids. Split the kids up into teams and their assignment is to gather items from around the church in sequence that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Once the kids find an item they bring it back to a main area, once the items are in the main area they cannot be returned or exchanged. The team scores a point if they have an item that the other team has not collected. The losing team has to put away all the items that were collected.
This is great for camp-outs especially. We have done this when camping in State or National parks, where you’re not allowed to pick up and keep so much as a leaf or a rock. Give kids an introduction to use, telling people what church they’re from and what activity they’re on (confirmation trip, retreat, etc.) and have kids politely ask for a few minutes of their fellow camper’s time. Our list of stuff included the following: Find a camper who will sing one verse of their favorite hymn. Find a camper who brought a pet other than a dog. Find a camper who will teach one of your group members how to waltz. Find a camper who can recite John 3:16 from memory. Find a camper who has camped in at least 10 different states. Find a camper who has camped in another country. Find a camper who has never used a pit toilet (outhouse). Find a camper who has fallen in to a pit toilet (!) Find a camper who lives more than 500 miles away. Find a camper for whom this is their first ever camping trip. Find a camper who will eat two soda crackers and then whistle “Yankee Doodle Dandy”.
These are just a few ideas. Divide your kids into groups of 5 or 6 (if a large group) or they can go as individuals or in pairs (small group). Each group gets an identical list and a time limit (we’ve found 45 minutes to one hour is great). Be creative! Make up your own stuff! And yes, we did once find a camper who, while using a portapotty located on the back of a flatbed truck, have the whole thing tip over while he was in it, disgorging its contents all over him. While that wasn’t technically falling in, the effect was the same, and we ruled that it counted. Yuck! Happy Camping, and God’s blessings!
A video camera is needed for each team or carload. This game works best if done at night, during the Christmas season.
Goal – get as many Christmas carols on tape within a time limit (30 minutes)
The idea is to tape the group, or a portion of the group singing a line or 2 of a Christmas carol with the appropriate Christmas lights in the background. (ie – A Santa in a yard with the group singing, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa…”) You can only use one house per carol and you receive one point for each carol.
After the time limit go back to church or a home and show the videos while countng carols.