Scavanger Hunts

Random Acts of Kindness

Make a list of things that can be done for others such as mowing lawn, rake leaves, washing dishes, sweeping front porch, take out trash, shovel snow, dust, or any basic household chore. Then set up teams (of at least 3 but no more than 6) and have them go to various houses and do things for them. It is a good idea to have an adult helping them since they may be shy. When we did it, we also took buggies into the grocery store and helped someone carry out their groceries. Some people were really surprised by this. We sent a camera along with each team so they had proof the stuff had been done. They also came back with stories of people that did not want them to do stuff and people that were over joyed by kids doing something for someone else. Afterwards they came back and the winning team got pizza.
This is an idea that I got from a youth group in Midland Texas. I have no clue where they got it but I really liked the idea and wanted to share it with you.

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Search for the Holy Grail

My youth group plays this at every lock-in, and it brings a lot of people there – we call it Search for the Holy Grail, and it’s basically a glorified scavenger hunt. The youth leaders print out little strips of paper with clues on them and hide them in their respective places (one clue takes you to the next and so on until the last clue, which leads you to the Holy Grail, which can be anything – we use a coffee mug). We go indoors and outdoors, but it could be strictly one or the other, too. We set up a room and call it ‘jail’, and all of our youth leaders are the cops, and they run around with flashlights and catch people as they try to run around the church (all the lights are off) and find the clues. Similar to flashlight tag, if you get caught in the beam, you go back to jail. The leaders can only catch two at a time. Back in jail, one leader asks kids trivia questions which, if they are answered correctly, free them. Also team members (doesn’t matter how many teams you have) can come and rescue jailed kids. It’s a blast, we always play into the wee hours of the morning.

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Biblical Zoo Scavenger Hunt

In searching for different ways to get our youth more familiar with using their Bibles.

I looked up passages in the Bible containing animals that can be found in our local Zoo.

We planned a day a the Zoo. They had to look up the passages, then find them at the Zoo.

You can either have them take a picture (digital cameras are great) or have a leader sign off that the did find the animal. (can be hard on the leader, keeping up with a group of kids) You can make it more interesting by setting a time limit.

I gave them passages that contained 15-20 animals, they had to find at least 12. (Giving them some wiggle room for animals not on display or feeding etc.)

You can get a list of Animals in the Bible at http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/animals.html

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Foto-Map

Works like a normal treasure hunt, but with a twist! The clues are photographs. At the starting place, each team receives a photograph (maybe photocopied if clear enough). The photo is the first clue location and the group must identify that location by looking at the picture. Difficulty of figuring them out is up to you. Each group should be traveling by car (plan ahead). 5-10 clues will suffice. The group that arrives at the final destination first is the winner. *** My twist: Give each group an envelope with the final destination if they don’t get there before a specific time. You may then serve refreshments and perhaps have a study / talk at that time at a nice locale.

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Easter Egg Hunt for Teens

I usually work with teenagers, so I took a childhood idea, and made it a little more difficult for the older kids.

This took a lot of preparation, and you will need a concordance.

I gave each teen a scripture to start with. They had to read the scripture and find a hint in the scripture as to where the next egg would be, which would contain the next scripture, etc. I used places inside and outside the church. The concordance will help find a scipture to use for whatever may be around your church. I also put a piece of candy in some of the eggs, along with the scripture.

The hard part was giving each kid a different starting place. I listed all the scriptures several times on a piece of paper, and moved down one line with each new starting scripture. So they were all in the same order, but one group was behind another in the search. It helped keep them from getting bunched up. I had them all end together though, which just takes a little thinking about where to send them last. Each church can customize this. I used one color egg for each group. That way they didn’t get someone else’s message. And we knew who had skipped an egg by what was left around. Most of the kids really enjoyed this. Hope yours does too.

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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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