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Old 08-03-08, 02:38 PM   #1
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scavenger hunt list - need some help

i'm putting on a bicycle scavenger hunt at the end of the month. i'm creating a list and each item has a point value. the teams have to capture the items on a digi camera. team with most points will win. i need some more ideas for the list. got any?!? how many items should there be for a 2 hour hunt? Here are some of the items:

80 - dead cockroach
20 - live cockroach
20 - clean diaper
80 – photo of one of your teammates and a pirate
100 - dirty diaper
30 - typewriter ribbon
10 - red comb
10 – No. 2 Pencil
40 - cattail (NOTE: there is no space between "cat" and "tail"!)
10 – postage stamp with a heart on it.
100 – postage stamp with Elvis on it.
10 - ATM receipt
20 - fold-up hand fan
40 – One of your teammates receiving a wedgie.
40 - a juggler with three balls
50 – a crying child
2 each - "My Favorite Things" things from the song "My Favorite Things"
40 - limerick with the word “china” in it.
60 – 8 track tape player.
60 – photo of one of your teammates and a police officer
40 – Barbie doll
80 – Barbie doll on fire

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Old 08-03-08, 02:57 PM   #2
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What kinda people (teens, kids, adults) are doing the hunting?
BTW I haven't heard of a Brabie doll, I'm not gonna comment on that.......
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Fixed it! Heh.

I want it to be family friendly; it's open to everyone.
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Old 08-03-08, 03:05 PM   #4
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Got any odd or unusual items in your town? Being in Wisconsin we have both a fiberglass cow & a steer, the teens got 'em confused. Sometimes the time of day the hunt takes place can offer some uncommon ideas. Say if it were after dark?
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I'm sure there are some strange items here, but I can't think of any right now. I'll pay attention over the next few days and see what I can find. I'm having the hunt from 2pm-4pm. I'm guessing, if families want to do it, that time of the day would be better rather than 8pm or so.
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Sometimes it is fun if some of the items aren't spelled out, just hints given.
For example, our town has a 5 way stop, so the hint would be:
What business is 2 blocks west of the 5 corner intersection?
Answer: The Mobil gas station.
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I would agree with what Roger said. Add a communitee flavor to it by adding things that are local...

For example, in the right area of Seattle, a toe truck (not a typo). In your area, are there any unusual items that local businesses have around? Or signs with unusual items like a pink elephant, or a smiling pretzel?

Since you are on the beach (or close) fish, pier, umbrellas, a certain color swim suit.

Any historic items? In my area, I would include a train car, or something coal related.

It is good to have some generics, but mix in some things with local flavor, a few that are obvious, and a few that are a little more obscure. And go ahead and ask for aomething across the street from a certain landmark... maybe whatever a local statue looks at all day long. Silliness is OK too (although it looks like you have that part down).
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I like the original list, but also like the "local flavor" suggestion. You could do this to help make the event a bit like a rally race, and ensure that everyone does a certain amount of riding.

Is the scoring going to be strictly based on the points with their pictured items, or will there be a time element involved as well? I would suggest that you set a certain amount of time in which to complete the task with no penalties (possibly one that's slightly unrealistic), and subtract points for coming in after that time. For example - if riders finish in 90 minutes, not penalties. Over 90 minutes - they lose 3 points for every extra minute it takes them to return. (You could possibly simplify the organizational aspect of this by setting out a running clock and having them take a picture of the time when they return.)

This will add a little more urgency to the task, and will inspire people to be a little more frantic/creative. Of course it will require a little more coordination on the part of the person/people running it.

Sounds like a cool idea and a lot of fun. Hope it works out well for all involved.
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Thanks a ton for the suggestions.
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A clown ("bonus points for stiff faced".... plastic McDonald )

A cow ("bonus for skinny"... chick-fil-a cardboard cut-out ) <if you have these restaurants>

porta-john

A clock that reads 2:30... or maybe 3 if you want them to have to "time it out" even more.

A flat bike tire.

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I did one of these a few years ago for my fraternity in college. In Philadelphia, we had to get...

...a picture with an Amish person
...a picture with Rocky
...a reciept for $19.24 (year we were founded)
...a job
...a Philly cheesesteak
...a specific Irish beer (the morning after St. Pattys Day no less)
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If you're looking for some ideas for your Scavenger Hunt list, I've uploaded my recent list. You'll have to modify it for your town though.

http://www.alternativecommutepueblo....nger-hunt.html
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