Scavanger Hunts

Scripture Golf Hunt

Get 12-24 golf balls and label 24 pieces of tape with scripture references. Attach the references to the balls and hide the golf balls. The youth must search for the golf balls and each time they find one they must bring it back to you search for and read from the Bible the scripture on the ball.

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Find Your Own Party

Honestly, this idea derived from an overwhelming schedule and lack of planning. Nevertheless, they had a great time and it turned out to be a lot of fun.

We announced a Bar-b-Que and games afternoon for all the youth and told them it would cost $3. When everyone arrived we divided them up into groups and gave them a list of things they had to “scavenger” to find. Knocking on doors, visiting stores, however, they could not spend more than their $3 per person.

The lists that I gave the them were actually the items we needed for the bar-b-que, including charcoal, appetizers, condements, hot dogs, burgers, buns, side dishes, desserts and game gear.

When everyone arrived back to our starting point, we had everything that I had not had time to get together. We then had a great bar-b-que and played some fantastic games that they had come up with!

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Help Someone & Find the Romans Road

You have to make sure you have volunteers help with this. We played inside the church but if it were summer we could have used outside space also.

We broke the youth up into 6 teams and gave all a wall in the church to call their “base”. Each team then had to go to the 6-7 stations (I thought is was helpful to have at least one station per team). Then I explained to all the kids that the entire night was centered around helping. They then had to go to each “place” and help the person there. I had a baker in the kitchen that needed help making 6 dozen cookies, a farmer that needed more scarecrows and a homeless person that needed warm clothes for winter (we had them hidden throughout the church). We had the old lady that swallowed a spider there and she needed help choosing what kind of candy bars to eat (taste testing). We also had the “maintenance department” that needed help with a few things. The other station we had was that Pastor and he needed help finding some verses.

Then after the kids helped each person, the person they helped gave them a slip of paper which had part of a verse on it. Once they had help all six people they had to put the verse together. The first team done was the winner!

One side note: All the verses used in the activity were from the Romans Road, which gave Pastor a great opportunity to share the gospel at the end of the night. We even got to see SEVEN kids come to know Christ as their Savior.

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Human Scavenger Hunt

Divide into teams and have each team choose a leader. All team members must stay within a designated area. A judge stands in a position that is equidistant from all teams. The judge then calls a characteristic similar to the ones listed below and the leader of each team tries to locate someone on the team who fits that characteristic. As soon as someone is found, the leader grabs that person by the hand and they run to the judge. The first team leader (with team member in tow) to grab a flag from the hand of the judge wins points for the team. Sample characteristics: 1.) Has blue eyes and brown hair. 2.) Received all A’s on last report card 3.) Ate at McDonald’s today 4.) Jogs daily. 5.) Is going steady. 6.) Likes broccoli 7.) Memorized a Bible verse this week. 8.) Is wearing Nike sneakers 9.) Is chewing gum 10.) Came in a blue car. etc….etc…

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In-Church Hunt

Break into groups of 4-8 youth. (This can be done with 1 group or 10 groups.) Each group has a youth leader parent that goes with them.

Begin by reviewing the contents of the Bible with the each youth looking at their Bibles’ contents. Old Testament / The first 5 books are the books of Moses, the next group tell the history of the Jewish people, songs, proverbs, and prophets. The New Testament starts with the Gospels, the Acts of the Disciples, followed by the letter of the apostles. Read through each of the books and note the difference between 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Colossians and 1st and 2nd Chronicles.

Then develop a scavenger hunt where the kids have to find the next clue by reading a Bible verse and going to a location suggested by the verse. EX. Clue #1 says to read Acts 14:12 (indicates the clue could be in the pulpit) Clue #2 is Nehemiah 5:17 (clue will be on a table table), Clue #3 Collossians 3:16 (clue on hymnal) etc.
Use 10-12 clues.
The final clue tells the youth they have to find the youth leader who was with them but has mysteriously disappeared.

When a group finds their youth leader / parent. They return to the center location.

Preparation.

1. Prepare the clues and place them around the church before the youth group meets.

2. Clearly identify the group and clue number of each clue. (EX: GROUP # 2 – CLUE #4)

3. Have plenty of Bibles with the same translation. The examples at the end work well with the New Revised Standard or Good News translations.

Read rules to the group.

1. Do not touch a clue unless it is for your group and has the number of your next clue.

2. Do not yell if they see a clue. It could be for a different group. You don’t want to alert them to its location.

3. After they find their each clue, the entire group needs to return to the common area (youth room) to give the previous clue to the person in charge and read the next clue(verse).

4. Tell the groups what areas of the church are “off limits.” (Church office etc.)

5. A youth leader/ parent will go with them to see that rules are followed.

Examples are shown below for the activity with three groups.

The first clue is given to each group.

Bible Verse Where Next Clue is Hidden

Ecclesiastes 11:3 Tree
Acts 14:12 Pulpit
Nehemiah 5:17 Table
Colossians 3:16b Hymnal
1 Chronicles 15:29 Window
Revelations 18:13 Spice
John 5:11 Mat
Exodus 8:3 Pans
Find the leader Hiding in the Church

Group #2
Lamentations 2:11 Nursery
Exodus 8:3 Oven
Genesis 8:9 Ark/Boat(Toy or model)
Ephesians 5:19 Hymnals
Exodus 15:29 Plates
Ezekiel 40:41 Tables
Luke 3:11 Coat-Rack

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Manhunt!

This was so much fun, and it’s a great way to witness, make new friends, and grow your youth group (and your church!)

You’ll need enough responsible adults with mid-to-decent sized vehicles. All vehicles will need to be able to hold the same amount of people at a time, or you could make a rule where you can only have so many in a car at a time.

Split the group up into equal teams, with one adult chaperone each. Give each team a list of possible descriptions of people (see list below). What they have to do in order to score points is actually get the person to come to youth group that night! Dispatch the teams out into the city or town, and have them bring the people they find back with them. They have maybe an hour or so to find as many of the people who fit the descriptions as possible – no speeding allowed! Here are some examples of descriptions:

1. A warm bodied member of Pickerington High School – 10 points
2. A guy with curlers in his hair – 20 points
3. Somebody in their bathrobe – 20 points
4. A member of the Pickerington marching band – 10 points
5. Captain of the cheerleading squad – 50 points
6. A high school quarterback – 50 points
7. A guy with long hair – 20 points
8. A girl in a facial mask – 20 points
9. Somebody who can whistle Dixie – 10 points
10. Someone from Kentucky – 10 points

You get the idea. Be creative and make up your own descriptions!

When time’s up, the winning team gets to play a messy game or something equally humiliating in front of their friends they brought! Then everyone has pizza and maybe a short Bible study and/or worship or whatever.

If they have fun, you’ll watch your youth group go KABOOM and grow like crazy!

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Fishers of Men

This is a scavenger hunt with a twist.

I made a list of things to collect within a certain amount of time by 3 groups of kids. Each group had an adult who drove their vehicle up and down the streets in which the kids were walking in order to monitor them. The list included an aluminum can, an oak leaf, an old shoelace, a round stone (the group with the roundest one got an extra point), A page from a newspaper that was dated from yesterday, a flower (wild or tame but it must be real), a signature from an employee on duty at the local restaurant, etc……

Each item received a point.

Rules: Do not take anything from people’s yards without permission. Only two people from the group may go into the restaurant to get the signature (this cut down on them creating a chaos in the restaurant and disrupting the diners who were eating), Let the little ones of the group help participate, make them feel involved. You must have an adult within sight and earshot at all times. Anyone who didn’t abide by the rules were buckled into the adult’s vehicle and weren’t allowed to participate for the rest of the game.

The purpose of the game…….Matthew 4:19 says..” Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus wants us to go out and find people who don’t know the Lord and to tell them about Jesus. How hard was it to find all of the items on the list? Did you get tired walking up and down the streets and hills looking for all of the items. Did you find every single item on the list? Jesus wants us to keep going, never stop trying to tell others the good news. What if the items you were trying to find and bring back to the church were people? What kind of talking and persuading would you have to do to convince them to come with you and hear about Jesus? Jesus used all kinds of people to TELL others about God. He wanted all kinds of different people to HEAR about God. Just because we got tired tonight and we had a hard time finding all of the items doesn’t mean our work is done. The game is over. But our telling others about Jesus is just starting. We should be continuing to tell others about Jesus for as long as we live. Whether we are tired or not.

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Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

This is a fun activity for the youth meeting before Christmas. I break my group in to small carloads and give them a list of holiday decorations. Examples, a sleigh with all eight reindeers, a nativity with three wise men, Mickey Mouse, a display with only green and red lights. Try and use ideas that you’ve seen around. I also like to say “worst holiday decorations ever” that’s subjective but the youths think its fun. Each team is given a digital camera or video camera to take pictures for “proof.” The group to find the most wins.

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Magazine Scavenger Hunt

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.

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Banana Scavenger Hunt

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.

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