Scavanger Hunts

God/Food Scavenger Hunt

My youth enjoy eating so we always have a supply of Little Debbie snacks so one night I got creative with them. I took all of our snacks and hid them in various rooms. I used the Sunday school room, kitchen, chapel, sanctuary, nursery and youth room. Attached to each snack box was a clue leading them to the next box. The clues were bible scriptures that contained the word for the next room. Example: “The peacemakers shall be called children of god” would be a clue leading them to the Peacemakers’ classroom. The last clue led them to the chapel where the last snacks could be found along with a Bible open to a verse saying that together if we search we shall find God.

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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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House-To-House Hunt

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!

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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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Initial Scavenger Hunt

This is a different twist on the scavenger hunt theme. Make up a long sentence with a great variety of letters in it. Like — “The quick sly fox jumped over the lazy brown dog.” The object is to find an object with the initial letter of the object the same as one of the letters in the sentence. Explain how it is possible to be creative in naming the object. For example: A rock could be used for the letters “r” for rock, “s” for stone, “q” for quartz, “p” for pebble, etc. Make your own rules for how many times an object could be used for vaious letters. It was fun to see the creative juices at work. The game lasted about 30 minutes.

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Living Bible Scavenger Hunt

This is not a new idea for EGAD! Ideas but all of the work is done for you. The youth must look up the verse in the Bible in order to fill in the blanks, they then have to find a letter that I placed near all the missing words. For example, Philippians 3:14 reads;
I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the ___________. The blank word is “prize” to which I then showed the group the chocolate bar they were playing for. Our Church has a tower but you might have to eliminate the verses that don’t apply to your location.

Matthew 2:13
After they were gone, an __________

James 2:3
and you make a lot of fuss over rich man and say give him the best ________

Job 31:32
Actually I have never turned away a stranger but have opened my ________

Genesis 8:20
Then Noah built an _________

Revelation 7:16
They will never be hungry again, nor ___________

Proverbs 20:24
Since the Lord is directing our __________

Ecclesiastes 3:2
A _______ to be born

Genesis 11:5
But God came down to see the city and the ___________

Psalm 69:30
Then I will praise God with my ___________

Exodus 25:23
Then make a ________ of

Psalms 71:22
I will praise you with __________

Genesis 1:14
Then God said, ”Let there be bright ___________”

Exodus 25:29
And make golden dishes,__________

Proverbs 22:9
Happy is the generous man, the one who ___________ _____ ___________

Matthew 3:11
With ______________ I ______________ those

Of course it never hurts to remind the kids that trying to win this scavenger hunt without checking the Bible is like trying to go through life without looking at God’s Word.

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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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Mall Scavenger Hunt

Prepare a list before hand of several items found in the mall. Make it a variety such as a 1 carat diamond ring and a Hershey’s chocolate bar. Have 10-15 different items. Break up into teams of 3-4 and give each team a copy of the list. They are then given 30 minutes to find all the items on the list for the cheapest price. Have them record the price and store for each item and meet back in the food court to compare notes. The team that spends the least for all items is the winner.

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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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