The Ultimate Guide on How to Make a City Scavenger Hunt


The time has come for you to begin planning a Scavenger Hunt. But where do you begin? When you are planning how to make a city scavenger hunt for your team you must consider 7 Key step:

  • Time length of the hunt
  • Distance of the hunt
  • City in which you will hunt in
  • Neighborhood you will hunt in
  • Time of your hunt
  • Design your hunt
  • Proper follow up

The most important decision you can make is deciding if you have the resources to complete all of these steps thoroughly. If not you might want to call in a professional. If you do, then you are going to be able to create one slammin’ event that you team is sure to remember for years to come!

1. Select a length of time for the Scavenger Hunt

How long should your scavenger hunt will be should be based off of the following factors:

  • How much time you can allocate to the activity
  • How long you think you can hold your groups attention span

We recommend at least a 2 hour hunt. This allows enough time for people to get into the hunt, without having their attention spans wander.  If you have an  adventurous group and feel they could handle a longer hunt, by all means pick a longer time frame.

2. Select the Distance for the Scavenger Hunt

When you are planning how to make a city scavenger hunt, distance is an important factor.

When considering the distance for your hunt you must think about the following things:

  • Will your team physically be able to walk the distance?
  • Will the amount of ground be able to be covered in the time frame of the hunt, including stops  for clues
  • The distance needs to include the start and end location

3. Pick a City

What city do you want to to host your scavenger hunt in? This decision should be made while considering the following factors:

  • If your office is located in a city, do you want to hunt in that city?
  • If you office is not located in a city, do you want to hunt in the city closest to you?
  • Do you have a budget to travel to another city?
  • Will you have enough knowledge or resources to select a neighborhood to hunt in, and to build clues in the city?

4. Picking a Neighborhood

The neighborhood is where all the action is going to be! It’s your hunting grounds. You want to make sure that the area you select will make for an amazing experience. Some aspects to consider when making this decision are:

  • Is the area safe?
  • Does the area offer lots of establishments within walking distance of each other?
    • Restaurants
    • Stores
    • Bars
    • Historic Locations
    • Places that offer town flavor
    • Etc.
  • Do you think you will have the time/resources to produce clues for the area?

5. Select a time

You will need to know how to make a city scavenger hunt that will flow as smoothly as possible with your surroundings. This is done by:

  • Take those participating into consideration
    • No one wants to have to get up at the crack of dawn for a scavenger hunt
  • Taking the weather into consideration
    • If it gets extremely warm where you are by the afternoon you might want to consider hunting during the morning, where it will be more comfortable for those hunting
    • If it is colder in the morning you might want to plan an afternoon hunt so it is more comfortable.
  • Check the times of operations of the locations you wish to visit
    • Sometimes places are not open during the time you are hunting, which could throw a monkey wrench into your plan if you are not prepared for it. So check ahead.

6. Design Your Hunt

When designing your hunt you must take who will be participating into account. Do these people:

  • Like puzzles?
  • Like things straight forward?
  • Like history or pop culture?
  • Consider themselves outgoing on introverted?
  • Need specific work on communication, collaboration, etc.?

You will then need to combine these factors with what the neighborhood has to offer.

7. Proper Follow Up

Right after your event you want to have a decompression session. This way your teams have an additional opportunity to bond while talking about their adventure. In addition you will want to lead your teams in a facilitated discussion about what they learned. To start you can ask questions such as:

  • What was learned as a personal strength and weakness
  • How the team overcame challenges
  • What skills learned will be incorporated into the workplace, and how

You have now learned the basics of how to make a city scavenger hunt. Overall make sure you:

  • Remember to keep your event FUN for those involved. If your team is enjoying themselves they are more prone to be open to new information and retain what they have learned.
  • Take the proper time to consider if you have the resources to plan and execute the scavenger hunt. If not cityHUNT would LOVE to help you plan your event.

Happy Hunting!

This blog is brought to you by Samantha Krause and cityHUNT

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