Teen Scavenger Hunt Ideas


The following teen scavenger hunt ideas were submitted by Mother Sherry as a comment on one of our other scavenger hunt pages.

We thought Mother Sherry's scavenger hunt ideas and tips deserved their own page, so we moved them here so that more of you would find them.

Thanks for the great ideas and suggestions Sherry!

I have done a few different "town" Scavenger Hunt Parties for my tween girls. They were done in our town center. Here are a few ideas! ~ Mother Sherry


Sherry's Teen Scavenger Hunt Ideas

  • You can divide into teams or go as one group.


  • You need to consult businesses in advance.


  • I usually ask if I can tape clues on their doors or near it.


  • There a few different ways to do the Teen Scavenger Hunt.

  • a) One clue leads to the next clue to a final destination.

    b) With each clue is a letter that will eventually spell out the final destination.

    c) This idea takes a little more planning and consulting with businesses: The team collects clues and items (you will need to arrange with the businesses what they are to give along with the clue-designate with team only one or two people enter business as most places don't want a large group entering and let the business know this). Ideas of items may be a lock of hair from a salon, a nail file from nail salon, napkin, chopsticks.....

    d) The team(s) are given digital cameras and must obtain a list of pictures from clues.

  • Final destinations could be a nail salon for manicures, a movie, a restaurant or an inexpensive nifty gifty shop you hand out gift certificates as goodies they can then spend while they're there.

  • Tape the clues in Ziploc bags on bright paper (I use cardstock), place a visible note that says "please leave for Katie's Scavenger Hunt Party on "Date". I typically place the clues the morning of the event.

  • Another idea-With each clue is a related trinket they collect (good idea to give them bags at the start). I have done inexpensive charms related to each clue as they go along: scissors for hair salon, Eiffel Tower for local french restaurant, shoe for shoe store, mug for coffee shop and and at the end a bracelet or necklace to put them on....other trinkets could be gum for the dentist office, bookmark for library or bookstore, pencil....

  • Assign jobs for safety and organization: navigators to lead, song leaders, garbage collectors, clue readers....

  • Some clues I have used: If you need a vision, consult this place (Optical), This place is hot and cheesy (Pizza place), No gum allowed, but you'll leave with a bright smile(dentist), You want to be rock star? (Music store), and silly rhymes.

  • You could also have them perform certain functions: everyone must go down the slide 3 times, everyone picks up five pieces of garbage off the ground, sing the ABCs...It takes some planning, you can make it work for any budget, it's fun for many age groups. Happy Hunting!!! 


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