Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Outdoor scavenger hunts are fun party games.
Outdoor scavenger hunts are fun party games. | Source

Campsite Scavenger Hunt

A campsite scavenger hunt is a good way to start off a camping trip, as it familiarizes the participants with the area.  Some clues to include might be the noting location of the bathrooms or the location of the closest trail head to the camp site, finding and bringing back a marshmallow stick, or learning information about the site like how many tent sites the camp can house.

Glow-in-the-Dark Scavenger Hunt

A glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt can be a fun night time activity.  It needs some preparation, as you need to paint rocks with glow-in-the-dark paint and hide them ahead of time.  Give each participant a flash light, and set them loose to find the rocks.  Choose the difficulty of the hiding places with the ages of the participants in mind.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Some outdoor items, such as plants, flowers, and tree leaves, should be left in place and not gathered as part of a scavenger hunt.  A photo scavenger hunt can solve this problem.  The clues should describe the items needed, but instead of picking the flower or plant, the team will take a picture of it.  The clues can vary based on age; a young child might be asked to find a purple flower, while an older child could be asked to find a purple hyacinth.

Compass Scavenger Hunt

With a compass scavenger hunt, the clues don't describe the object being searched for; they describe the location of the object.  Each clue should contain a compass direction and the number of feet to walk in that direction.  The path to the object can change directions to make the hunt more challenging.  Each destination should include another clue, with new directions.  Give each team a compass and a sack to gather the objects the gather along the way.

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