Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Adults
Scavenger hunts are one of the best party games that are suitable for adults and children alike. Be it for casual purposes or corporate ones, scavenger hunts are a source of fun to all those who engage in them. One of the popular uses for hunts is to help break the ice between people who have just met each other. This game can act as an amazing ice-breaker between professionals, as it instantly levels the playing field and removes those uncomfortable 'power' issues. Moreover, for friends, family and neighbors, they are a great way of helping people get much closer through lots of great healthy fun! However, many organizers seem to struggle to come up with effective scavenger hunt ideas for adults.
As with any game, the key to a great treasure hunt lies wholly in the planning. You will have to ensure that you have a great scavenger list that will keep all the people engaged in the hunt interested. You will also need to have the right clues for treasure hunts to be successful. This means that treasure hunt ideas for adults will be dramatically different to those for younger children.
If you are looking for great scavenger hunt ideas for adults, you should first learn the different types of treasure hunts available. The first is the traditional scavenger hunt which involves the collection of a number of different physical items. These items are then brought back to the judges for confirmation. Sometimes this is just a crazy dash, where participants search high and low for the given clues and to be the winner by collecting the most items. However, more often clues are given to the location of the following items that are hidden after each item is returned, or sometimes the hunters may be given cyphers which will have to be deciphered so as to find the exact location of the other items. For this type of hunt, there will either be different clues for each team, or the clues are given in different orders to each team, to prevent them from cheating.
The second type of scavenger hunt is the photo scavenger hunt. Its popularity has grown over the years as has its ability to make the hunt more entertaining. With the photo scavenger hunts, the "hunters" either go out searching for objects to create pictures with, often having to complete different 'challenges', or they are given the clues that lead to objects within the hunt area (which can be as small as a garden, or as big as a city) and must then be combined with a list of poses/dares. With either style, scavenger hunt clues can be linked to many tasks that must be completed first in order to win the game.
There are a number of ways through which you can come up with your own treasure hunt ideas for adults. Unlike the kids' ideas, planning a treasure hunt for adults would take more time and would also require you to know more on what the adults are into.
However, it is worth making the effort, as with adults, these challenges can be as wild, or as timid as you like. Only you know your crowd, so pick challenges to meet their personalities. If you can get away with a few crazy moments, slip them into the challenge sheet (even with corporate events, you'd be surprised at how the managers just need to blow off some steam and have a laugh!).
Personally I like to combine a mix of challenges that can be used in any order with the clues. This means that they can choose the clue or photo to complete each of the challenges with, then take a photo or short video to prove that they solved this clue and completed one of the challenges. Poor planning on a team's part may mean they are stuck with a hard treasure hunt challenge and clue combination at some point in the hunt, really adding to the adventure! Can you imagine being stuck with the challenge of 'kiss the object and capture it on photo' but the next photo object required is a picture of a fish in a pond!? lol ... I think there may be some splashing!! However, if they are good friends, don't feel embarrassed to put in a few sexy/suggestive challenges. Nothing too graphic, but something that is sure to get giggle of embarrassment, or the rest of the team rolling with laughter. Cheeky challenges like "slow dance with an old lady" combined with a place/object clue can create fun times, especially if all the players are young ... me thinks some older girl's day is about to get a little brighter! ha ha
If you are planning a bachelor/bachelorette party, then a road trip scavenger hunt would be a great thing to go with and could REALLY provide some interesting photographic evidence (probably used for harmless blackmailing in the future!). Can you imagine the excitement of a mad night out on the town, or setting off in a car, with only the creator having a clue where the clues will lead. If you have a budget, you could even fly to a foreign city and race to complete a city scavenger hunt in a foreign land, before winding down with a beer, or a glass of wine, to ease into the night ... that is of course, if you don't decide to play your adult treasure hunt after all the wine ;-).
Whatever you decide, just make it fun and test out your scavenger hunt for adults before the big day. There is nothing worst than getting halfway through a game, only to find out the organizer has forgotten something vital. A test run can be fun with friends and family, while also ironing out any issues before you start out with your main group that the hunt is for. Also, by testing the clues before the main event, you'll likely get some inspiration of how to make things a bit more 'unique'. Maybe get some locals involved, a shop owner to provide false information, a vendor to scare the team ... it's only limited by your imagination (and maybe your group's sense of humour).
© 2012 Brett Caulton