Scavenger hunt là gì

One of the most comtháng questions I hear from prospective sầu clients is, “So what can you tell me about your scavenger hunts?” For a native San Franciscan like me, this is akin khổng lồ a tourist saying “I just love sầu Frisco…especially your trolley cars.” Sad to lớn say folks, my lovely hometown by the cất cánh is San Francisco (not Frisco), we have sầu cable cars here (not trolleys), và Dr. Clue creates treasure hunts (not scavenger hunts). Semantics bởi vì matter!

So what exactly is the difference between a scavenger hunt and a treasure hunt?


Simply put, a scavenger hunt is based on a danh sách. On this list, you might be asked lớn bring baông xã a specific object — a pine cone, a flag, a coaster from a particular bar, etc. Or the hunt might be more photograph-based: ie. “Take a picture of yourself in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, snap a shot of yourself at the top of the Eiffel Tower,” etc. You get the idea. Scavenger hunt lists tend lớn be quite direct và straightforward; here’s your task–now go out & exexinh tươi it. Each task in a scavenger hunt is worth a certain number of points and the team with the most points accrued at the end of the game is named the winner. Pretty fun stuff, huh? Absolutely. But not very cryptic! From the beginning, you pretty much know what your tasks are; the biggest challenge, then, is prioritization. How long will it take to reach this spot vs. that spot? Is it worth going for the hard 10-pointers (which will take more time và effort) or the easier the 1-, 3- or 5- pointers, which take less time but are worth less points?

By contrast, a treasure hunt is based on the solving of cryptic clues. A clue might be a riddle, a rhyme, or some simple wordplay. It could be in code. It could look lượt thích a puzzle. What matters is that the clue, when solved, directs you khổng lồ a specific location. For example, let’s say a clue in San Francisteo starts with, “There’s an eye in your milk — remove sầu it!” After pondering this phrase for a minute, you would realize that when you take the “i” out of “milk”, you get MLK — short for Martin Luther King — a street in Golden Gate Park. A harder clue might be encrypted in Morse Code, Braille, or Sign Language. Or it might involve a crossword puzzle, sudoku, wordsearch, or anything else the hunt master can think of. Clues can require pen & paper; they can involve sầu music or video; they can incorporate physical items. One of my favorite clues had participants searching for messages in a bottle, floating in a lake. Another one had teams opening up specially-made Cracker Jaông chồng bags. Inside each bag, the peanuts and Cracker Jacks had been divided into separate baggies lớn represent dashes và dots, a la Morse Code.

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Moreover, treasure hunts break down further into two distinct sub-categories: sequential và non sequential. A sequential treasure hunt looks lượt thích this: you go lớn the first clue location & find clue # two…you then proceed to lớn clue location # two & there find clue # three, & so on. The hunt proceeds down a linear path until you reach a final location, where a “treasure” is awaiting the team that reaches there first.

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The final location may also be the site of the final các buổi tiệc nhỏ.
A non-sequential treasure hunt, on the other hand, is a little bit like a scavenger hunt in that the clues are NOT in order. In fact, you get ALL the clues up front. Not only can you solve the clues in any order that you lượt thích, you can also visit the revealed clue locations in the order of your choice. If you get stuông chồng on a clue, just skip it & come bachồng to lớn it. If you see a team going one direction, perhaps your team will head off in the opposite direction. Each clue is worth a specific number of points; like a scavenger hunt, the team with the most points is named the winner. How you acquire points at each location is up lớn the hunt master. Perhaps there is a question lớn answer at each location. Perhaps you have sầu khổng lồ pichồng up a certain item or take a specific photo (a la scavenger hunts). The possibilities are endless.

What are the pros and cons of these various hunt formats? Scavengers hunts are perhaps the easiest hunts to lớn mount. All you need lớn vày is come up with a list & the teams take care of the rest. For people who are more action oriented, scavenger hunts can be a great option. Without too much planning, teams get out on the course, rushing around, & crossing items off the menu. Conversely, treasure hunts take a bit more time to lớn mix up. As the hunt master, you need khổng lồ go out và scout a number of potential locations, choosing the very best ones for your hunt clues. You must take detailed notes và digital photos. And you must then write the clues, bearing in mind that any ambiguity will literally skết thúc teams on a wild goose chase. That means that you really need to playdemo all the clues in advance, which — again — takes more time & effort. The advantage of treasure hunts, however, is in my opinion quite worthwhile. In particular, it’s simply a blast watching participants get that delicious “Eureka Moment”, when they’ve solved a clue, pulled meaning from chaos, và then followed the “trail of breadcrumbs” to lớn a cool location that they wouldn’t have sầu otherwise known about. For people who are more “mind-oriented”, treasure hunts really vì chưng the triông chồng. And for teambuilding, treasure hunts are terrific because groups are required to lớn assess their skills & knowledge và delegate the right person khổng lồ the right clue. If the hunt master has done their job sufficiently, one person — alone — could never solve all the clues. It take a diverse group, with diverse skills & knowledge, lớn succeed at a puzzle-based, non-sequential treasure hunt (like we create here at Dr. Clue).

So what’s it going khổng lồ be the next time you’re in Frisco riding a trolley car? A scavenger hunt or a treasure hunt? As they say in Pig Latin (a fun decoding language): “ouyay ecideday.”