Long time readers know of my affinity of the annual GISH scavenger hunt. I had opted out of last summer’s, and wouldn’t you know – that was the last one. I know Misha Collins, the actor who started that hunt has been pulled in too many directions, and he finally decided that last year would be the last. This has led me to two ideas.
The first is to honor the legacy of fun with a quick hunt today. It’s similar to one that I’ve done with my kids when we were on vacation. How that one was set up was that they each got a small bag, like a party goody bag that among other things included a journal, a pen, and a photocopied list of things to look for. It gave them something to do in the car, and it reduced the complaint, of “I’m bored.” At the time, my kids ranged in age from 10 to 19.
Below (and on the Download page found in the sidebar), you will find a colorful sheet to print out for your own hunt. The directions are at the bottom, and you can add your own items to the back if you like. Below that, I have just the list if you’d prefer your list to fit on a quarter sheet of paper or for emailing.
The second thought I had was to have my own scavenger hunt during the traditional week that GISH is held: July 30 through August 6. I’m still working out the details, but here is a preview of the logo I’m creating.
My idea is to post two items per day (perhaps 16-20 items). You can put your “entries” in the comments on either the main post or the individual item posts. I’m not going to judge anything, but I will draw a random name from the participants for a small prize (still working out the items and the prize). That person will receive an e-gift card and to receive the prize must consent to share their email with me. (I will not sell or share their information with any third parties.)
Enjoy today’s mini-hunt and I look forward to seeing everyone at the end of July for the hunt-that-has-no-name-yet.
A Summer Scavenger Hunt
Keep a journal, take photos, tally numbers, use checkmarks, posst on Facebook and/or Instagram. Have fun on this National Scavenger Hunt Day!
- Find 3 cars – 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 orange
- Count the number of McDonald’s in a twenty-minute period
- Count mailboxes
- Find a street named Main St.
- Find a city/town hall
- Find a museum elevator, and take a selfie in it
- Find an ancient stone. It can be a large rock, wall, castle, stone circle, arrowhead
- Name a nearby monument
- Masks – keep a tally for 1 day
- Find a swimming pool. (You do not have to go swimming for this to count.)