One of the comments I hear all-to-often is “I loved your scavenger hunt”. Although I won’t deny my appreciation of the praise, the term “scavenger hunt” is a misnomer. What we do at Dr. Clue is not a scavenger hunt — the proper term is a Treasure Hunt. A scavenger hunt involves a straight-forward list of things or places to find. There’s nothing tricky or cryptic about a scavenger hunt. It’s simply “Find each item, check it off the list, receive points”. Although fun as a concept, a scavenger hunt is quite different from a treasure hunt, which involves the solving of tricky clues leading to mystery locations.
In a treasure hunt, you’re following a trail of bread crumbs (as it were), laid out by the treasure hunt master. The clues are site specific, meaning the hunt master is leading you on an irreverent walking tour of the area. The only catch: if you can’t solve the clues, you won’t be able to reach the mystery locations.
In a scavenger hunt, there area no clues at all. You simply check items of a list. This is what we did as kids, running around the neighborhood, knocking on doors, and asking for specific objects.
A treasure hunt is what you’d see in National Treasure, the Da Vincii Code, Rat Race, Lara Croft, It’s A Mad Mad Mad World and Romancing the Stone.
The next time you want a great team-building adventure, I hope you’ll opt for a treasure hunt! They’re the smart person’s hunt!