When is National Scavenger Hunt Day?
National Scavenger Hunt Day is always May 24.
What is a Scavenger Hunt?
A scavenger hunt is a game in which individuals or teams seek to find a number of specific items, or perform tasks, as given in a list. The goal is either to complete the list first, or to complete the list in the most creative manner.
This game is usually played in a manner where what you are searching for requires you to go to certain places, certain homes or certain parts of a location. Scavenger Hunt Games are popular all over the world and are enjoyed by group organizations, at Holidays and fun parties.
Scavenger Hunts can be set up for any age group with any type of theme. There can be Holiday themes such as Halloween or Christmas, there can be food themes such as scavenger hunts for food ingredients as in baking a pie. There can be scavenger hunts pertaining to getting a certain thing accomplished first.
For example: "Pot A Plant Theme"
This would be considered a task game and an item game.
You would be seeking items to perform a small task at the end.
Your list should include all the things to completely pot up a plant. Such as. ... a 1.plant, 2. soil, 3. pot, 4. watering can with water in it, 5. fertilizer. You would have to collect each of these things or find each of these things from different sources. (And NO you cannot buy any from the store, that is cheating). Once your team makes it back with all the items you would then start potting up your plant. Once done, the first team to water the plant would be the winner.
On your mark.... get set.... GO!
What is this Holiday for?
This Holiday is set aside for people around the world to appreciate fun games especially those played in groups and teams. The Scavenger Hunt game helps to build team work and teaches the importance of time since scavenger hunts are usually set to a certain time limit. You must be quick! It also teaches us all to use our imaginations and come up with some ingenious fun scavenger hunt ideas.
Are there other related Holidays to celebrate? Yes!
Recurring scavenger hunts
One of the largest and most famous scavenger hunts is the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt. The University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt (or Scav Hunt) is an annual four-day team-based scavenger hunt held at the University of Chicago in May. It is often called the largest scavenger hunt in the world.
During Scavenger Hunt, teams compete to acquire items off a list of approximately 300 items, with each item assigned a point value and evaluated by a panel of judges. Items involve performances, construction, arts and crafts, research, travel and finding obscure objects. Lists typically include at least one item that takes place on the University's main quadrangles while students are in class, a party on Friday night, a cross-country road trip, an item encouraging team members to donate blood, and Scav Olympics, which includes original games and athletic competitions.
- The annual University of Melbourne Scavenger Hunt has 20 or more teams chasing about 300 items, 100 or more photos, and participating in events including Boat Races, a Trivia Night, Jelly Wrestling, Iron Gut, and the infamous Long Drive.
- The annual Tricadecathlonomania, a 24 hour world-wide event that began in Northfield, MN, takes place in April of each year. High school and college students complete physical tasks, find items, and videotape stunts to amass points. This growing event is being filmed in 2006 for a feature length documentary.
- The Leif Erickson Classic is a 24-hour video scavenger hunt, taking place in July of each year. Teams battle across western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and the west coast for prizes and the legendary Thryker Cup. Players search for “Artifacts”, complete “Epic” tasks and take part in “Sagas”. The hunt’s name is derived from the completely made-up theory that Leif Erickson, a great Viking explorer, found America while on a scavenger hunt.
- In New Orleans, Louisiana Metairie's Most Wanted holds a Scavenger Hunt every summer titled "The 20xx Triple XXXtreme Scavenger Hunt." This scavenger hunt was first held in 2005. It is known for its over-the-top tasks and its insane after-party. Things usually conclude on Bourbon Street in the Vieux Carré. This Hunt also is one of the biggest in the country, with its planners spending more than 6 months just planning the list, which on some occasions has had over 800 tasks.
- In Columbia, Missouri Tom Meyer and Melissa MacGowan hold a scavenger hunt each year. First held in 2002 the scavenger hunt requires participants to scour mid Missouri for various obscure items. Points are awarded for finding either the item itself or a reasonable facsimile thereof. The Roof/Kirtlink team is heavily favored to win in 2008.
- A Winter and Summer scavenger hunt are held each year by creators "Käp'N Konietzko," and Ally Q. on a website that cannot be found on a search engine. (http://www.freewebs.com/summer-scavengers/index.htm) This is a rather unique list; blending old-school 'find it' items, with both physical and 'embarrassment' stunts. It has a more modern twist for those in college or high school.
Internet scavenger hunt
Internet scavenger hunts are becoming more common for educational and entertainment purposes. YouTube users have suggested a number of video scavenger hunts, and Wikipedia has its own scavenger hunt.
How can I Celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day?
- Plan your very own Scavenger Hunt Game! - All ages have fun with this game so go ahead and get to organizing your game.
- Get outside and get to grilling! - Once your scavenger hunt game is over, have more added fun by getting outside once again and grilling up a BBQ feast for all those hungard game players. Visit our Grilling & BBQ Directory to learn great grilling tips and recipes.
- Go for a Nature Walk! - Nature walks are fun and educational so plan a nature walk for the whole family and see if you see any turtles on the way. Just remember..... do not touch! Just watch!
- Blog with us about it! - We have a blog called "Everyday is a Holiday" so visit our pages and tell us about your favorite cleaning day or your favorite cleaner recipe.
- Send Free E-Greeting! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them with these fun Internet Invitations.