One of the most comtháng questions I hear from prospective clients is, “So what can you tell me about your scavenger hunts?” For a native San Franciscan lượt thích me, this is akin to a tourist saying “I just love Frisco…especially your trolley cars.” Sad khổng lồ say folks, my lovely hometown by the cất cánh is San Francisco (not Frisco), we have cable cars here (not trolleys), and 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 các mục. On this các mục, you might be asked to bring back 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 to be quite direct & straightforward; here’s your task–now go out and exexinh đẹp it. Each task in a scavenger hunt is worth a certain number of points and the team with the most points accrued at the kết thúc 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 lớn reach this spot vs. that spot? Is it worth going for the hard 10-pointers (which will take more time and 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 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, wordtìm kiếm, 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 Jack bags. Inside each bag, the peanuts và Cracker Jacks had been divided inlớn separate baggies to represent dashes & dots, a la Morse Code.
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Moreover, treasure hunts break down further inkhổng lồ two distinct sub-categories: sequential & non sequential. A sequential treasure hunt looks lượt thích this: you go to the first clue location and find clue # two…you then proceed to lớn clue location # two & there find clue # three, và 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.
What are the pros và cons of these various hunt formats? Scavengers hunts are perhaps the easiest hunts lớn mount. All you need khổng lồ bởi is come up with a danh sách & 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, and crossing items off the menu. Conversely, treasure hunts take a bit more time khổng lồ mix up. As the hunt master, you need to lớn go out and scout a number of potential locations, choosing the very best ones for your hunt clues. You must take detailed notes & 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 lớn playthử nghiệm 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, & then followed the “trail of breadcrumbs” to lớn a cool location that they wouldn’t have otherwise known about. For people who are more “mind-oriented”, treasure hunts really vì chưng the trichồng. And for teambuilding, treasure hunts are terrific because groups are required to assess their skills và knowledge and delegate the right person to the right clue. If the hunt master has done their job sufficiently, one person — alone — could never solve sầu all the clues. It take a diverse group, with diverse skills & knowledge, khổng lồ succeed at a puzzle-based, non-sequential treasure hunt (lượt thích we create here at Dr. Clue).
So what’s it going to be the next time you’re in Fristeo riding a trolley car? A scavenger hunt or a treasure hunt? As they say in Pig Latin (a fun decoding language): “ouyay ecideday.”