Scavenger hunts are a powerful team building tool. When properly crafted these experiences can provide employees with the opportunity to enhance their communication skills, learn new skills, interact with their team, and blow off steam. cityHUNT specializes in building scavenger hunt adventures.

5 Tips for Building a Scavenger Hunt

Tip #1: Time

You want to decide how much time you have available to dedicate to planning a team building scavenger hunt experience. If you have a lot of time on your hands you can plan and prep the event yourself. However, if you do not have the proper amount of time to allocate to planning you may want to bring in an outside company to help you with your event.  The most important thing is to choose the option which will allow for the best planning of the event, to ensure a successful event.

Tip #2: Location

When building a scavenger hunt you want to:

  • Pick a place that is convenient for all participating to get to
  • Pick a location that has interesting historyThe scavenger hunt should take place on foot, so select a 1-2 mile long path
  • Scout your location thoroughly

Tip #3 Preparing for the Scavenger Hunt

The most important aspect of a successful team building scavenger hunt is preparation of the scavenger hunt, and those involved ( tip #4). Take the time to develop clues and the route for your scavenger hunt.  You want to make the clues engaging, fun, and push the participants out of their normal comfort zone. When planning your route for the hunt make sure that everyone can go to the same locations, in a different order, so they are not all on top of each other while hunting.

Most importantly make sure you brainstorm and prepare for all problems that could arise during the hunt. If you do not plan for a problem, and it happens, your whole scavenger hunt could crumble before your eyes. Before you even know what happen all of your employees could be unhappy as a result of poor planning.

Tip #4 Preparing those participating in the Scavenger hunt

Make sure all who are participating in the event know what to expect. You can create a great experience, but if someone is not properly prepared they are not going to be happy and get the most out of the experience. For example: walking 2 miles, and they wear high heels.

We recommend to tell the participants to make sure:

  • Everyone wears/ brings weather appropriate clothes
  • Wears comfortable shoes for walking
  • Stays hydrated

Tip #5: Getting participants in the right frame of mind

The day of the event you want to pump up your group, and get them psyched to participate in the event. Make sure that you explain how everything works: rules, clues, and scoring. This is especially important because a main problem with scavenger hunts can be that those participating in it do not think it is fair.

Remember proper planning and preparation for those involved are key to building a scavenger hunt that rocks!