As the coronavirus quarantine drags on, we’ve all had to find creative ways to socialize. This has been tricky for large groups such as Scout troops and faith-based youth groups. Online Pictionary can only go so far. In an attempt to connect the youth of our church, our family came up with an energetic and crazy scavenger hunt that can be done virtually. It can accommodate groups as small as four people or as large as fifty. It can also be adapted for use with your own family in your own home. I hope you enjoy the fun and laughs this zany game provides.
This game works well with video group chat platforms like Zoom or Skype. All players need to be connected via the chosen platform and must have their video option activated. Each person also needs to select a base location (the living room couch, for example) to which he/she will return after each hunt.
Depending on the size of your group, you can play this “every man for himself” or on teams. One person will serve as a moderator and judge.
If playing on teams, divide the players equally and assign them first a number (for what team they are on) and then a letter (for the order in which they play). At the beginning of each “hunt,” the moderator will say (for example), “All the A’s are hunting this time.” He or she will then announce the item to be found followed by the word “Go!” Then every person assigned that letter has 30 seconds to hunt through his/her perspective house to find the required item. The first person back to their chosen base location with the item gains a point for his/her team. (If you have a lot of teams playing, you can give 2 or 3 points for first place and 1 or 2 points for second place and so on.)
Items brought back after the 30 second time limit has expired do not count for points or bonuses. Items that have a bonus attached to them net the player/team an extra point. No item can be used more than once for any given player/team. (For example, a roll of TP or a bar of soap cannot be repeated for “Something from the bathroom,” nor can player 1A bring a scarf for “Something plaid” and then player 1D bring a scarf for “Something you wear in winter,” even if that scarf is not plaid.) If a player brings back the wrong item, he/she forfeits any points for that round. HINT: It is suggested that the moderator stress at the beginning of the game that players pay attention to what their teammates bring back in order to avoid forfeiting points by bringing back repeat items.
If, when an item is announced and a player knows he/she absolutely does not have that item in their house (a Slinky, for example), he/she can say “Tag In!” The rest of the team now has the opportunity to search for the item in their place. Each team has a total of 3 Tag In’s to use during the course of the game. The moderator needs to keep track of this and announce when a team has used all of its Tag In allowances. HINT: If the moderator realizes that players/teams are using up their Tag In’s too quickly, he/she may choose to select some rounds as “Earn an Extra Tag In Round” and award every player back with the correct item an extra Tag In for his/her team, regardless of whether they come in first or not.
You can play for a specified amount of time or until all the items on the list are found (there are enough items to last a typical group. Either way, at the end of the game, the points are tallied up and the high scoring player or team is the winner. (See next page for a list of items to be found.)
ITEMS TO BE FOUND
Aimee Fuhrman is a full-time homeschooling mother of four (some of whom are now grown) who moonlights as an author. She loves Jesus, encouraging others, books, knitting, and coming up with delicious allergy-friendly recipes. She lives at the foothills of the Colorado Rockies with her husband of 25 years and their brood.