What is a scavenger hunt?
A scavenger hunt is an active and enjoyable team activity that is based on a list of questions to be answered and photos to be taken. Some tasks can be completed at specific locations, others can be done at various locations. The questions are in random order, requiring the teams to determine their route and which tasks they will try to accomplish in the allocated time. Each team selects a unique route which means that teams don't follow each other, however they frequently see each other along the way.
How is that different from a treasure hunt?
A treasure hunt is a series of clues that lead a group along a set route to a final destination. Generally, the first team to reach the finish is the winning team. Because scavenger hunts are more of a problem-solving activity, the winning team is not the one that is most physically fit, but rather the one with the strongest team skills such as creativity, problem-solving, leadership and communication. That is why we feel this is a better option for a team building program than a treasure hunt format.
Is it like the Amazing Race?
Yes it has similar features. During the scavenger hunt, teams check in at various checkpoints. At these checkpoints they must complete a challenge to earn a password. But again, our program is not a race - we don't want to favour those participants that are more physically fit than others.
Our industry-leading Scavenger Hunt Anywhere smart phone app gives our programs a high coolness factor! Participants use their own phones to navigate the hunt area, answer questions and take pictures. Results are available immediately after the hunt and photos are available for download.
Each team downloads the Scavenger Hunt Anywhere App onto their smart phone(s). A minimum of one smart phone per team is required. This can be an iPhone, Blackberry, Android or Windows phone.
How long does a scavenger hunt last?
Our hunts are designed to fill the amount of time you have allocated to your event. Anywhere from 90 minutes to 5 hours is ideal.
How much work is it to organize?
Our goal is to minimize the amount of work required at your end. Once you have made your booking, we will require less than 30 minutes of your precious time. All we need to know from you is the date, time and location. We handle the rest. We also suggest that our clients divide the group up into teams, but if you don't have time even for that, we can do it for you! We also provide a web-based planning information sheet so you can check on the details of your scavenger hunt at any time.
How far in advance do we need to book?
Usually people ask us this when timelines are very short. We have put together many highly successful events for our clients with less than a week's notice. Generally, more time is better. But if you need help in a hurry, contact us and we'll help you out.
What locations are serviced by Scavenger Hunt Anywhere?
We can run a scavenger hunt anytime, anywhere. We have provided scavenger hunts in over 50 locations across North America. If we have never run a hunt in your desired location, we will do a scouting visit and design a flawless scavenger hunt for your group. Click on locations to learn more. We also service all Canadian cities.
Are Scavenger Hunt Anywhere's staff sourced locally?
This really depends on the date and location of your event as well as the availability of our staff members. Our hunt "helpers" are always sourced locally, however sometimes the best "leader" for your hunt is not local. If travel is required, this is done at our expense, not yours.
Can you facilitate the hunt so our group can learn from it?
Absolutely! Because of our training and development background and also because our scavenger hunts are a great challenge of your group's team skills, it is a natural next step for us to turn your event into a productive learning experience. A skilled facilitator helps participants identify the business skills used in the hunt and how these skills can be used in the daily operation of your business.
Where does it start and where does it finish?
Anywhere in or near the scavenger hunt area is suitable. Most groups start and finish at a meeting room or restaurant, however if you don't have a venue, we can recommend a good location.
What if it rains?
Our hunts run rain or shine (or snow!). As long as your group dresses for the weather they will have fun. Some cities have underground or above-ground shopping concourses that are ideal weather-protection for your group. You may also purchase our Event Weather Insurance. For a small additional cost, you can book a backup date or alternatively our hunt leader can come equipped with backup indoor activities so your event is guaranteed not to be affected by rain! If you need more details about this, please ask.
Can you handle really large groups?
Any size at all. If you have 2000 people, no problem! We have a few tricks up our sleeve to ensure that the teams stay spread out.
Is it a lot of walking?
That is up to each team. Some tasks in our hunts require more walking and other tasks require less walking. If a team is energetic, they may choose to cover a greater distance. If a team wants to minimize walking, then they may focus on completing tasks that are in a smaller area. Either way, wear comfortable shoes!
Contact us for more information.