Scavanger Hunts

Bible Scavenger Hunt – Around the Church

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
Tree–Psalm 1:3
oven—Hosea 7:6
nursery–Matthew 21:16
Pulpit Bible–2 Timothy 3:16
baptismal font—Galatians 3:27
Sink—Matthew 27:24
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
mailbox—Acts 15:30
drinking fountain—John 19:28
Refrigerator—Judges 3:24

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Blind Builders Scavenger Hunt

This game has been modified from

* 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).

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Famous Word / Place Video Scavenger Hunt

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!”
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St. Patrick’s Day Hunt

Divide into teams and give 45 mins or so to try and collect the following items around town. Ex: green lettuce leaf, green pear, green piece of paper, green lima bean, green stamps, four leaf clover or shamrock, green pencil, green bathing suit, green straw, green hand soap, green ink, green key, green book, green stuffed animal, green sweater, green tooth pick, green button. Points are awarded for level of difficulty, etc. Winner has the most points.

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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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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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Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

Hide Easter eggs all over town. Put different things in each Easter egg.

For example.

• X-box winner & other prizes
• clues to other eggs
• candy
• etc.

Every egg found by a team is a point for them. Individuals on the team who find the egg get to keep whatever prize is in it. Teams must be back at the church by the allotted time or they will lose.

As leaders hide eggs around town, write clues as to where they are. They must be general in nature so as to give the teams a general idea of where to look but not give away the exact location of the egg.

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Statistical Scavenger Hunt

Good for getting groups acquainted. Divide groups into teams of equal numbers, if possible. Each team is given a sheet of questions to be answered and evaluated as outlined on the sheet. Each team appoints a captain to record info.
Sample questions: 1.) Counting January as one point, February as 2 points, etc, through the calendar year, add up the total number of birthday points at your table. 2.) Counting one point for each province or state named, give score for the different number of birth places represented on your team. 3.) Total all the shoe sizes added together (one shoe only) 4.) Get your hair colour score: Black=2 Brown=1 Blonde=3 Red=4.

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Polaroid Scripture Scav Hunt

Form two teams (10-12 kids each) and give each team a polaroid camera and one package of film. Each team also gets 10 envelopes which contain a number (1-10) and a scripture reference (Jesus’ baptism, sermon on the mount, etc.). The groups must then open one envelope at a time, find the previously numbered location in the campground, look up the scripture, and try to recreate it and capture it on film. We also required that a different person take each picture and that everyone else must be in the shot. Because there are ten locations and only ten pictures, they must be careful not to waste film. We also did this as a competitive timed event. Pictures were judged on creativity, and effectiveness in portraying the event described in the Scripture.

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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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