Scavenger or treasure hunts can easily be organised using social media. There may be many different reasons to organise a scavenger hunt, e.g.
- to build interest in a product or book or event
- for educational purposes, e.g. to build information literacy or as a problem-solving activity in any class/subject
- for corporate team building, see Teach Corporate Teamwork with Scavenger Hunts and Other Team Building Activities
There are a number of different types of scavenger hunt, e.g.
- Simple treasure hunt gives people one clue to where they can find some merchandise or reward
- Traditional scavenger hunt is where you have to find a list of specified items.
- Sequential scavenger hunt is where you have find the answer to an initial first question, which
gives you the next question and so
- Ongoing scavenger hunt is where you have to find the answer to a weekly or daily question
over a period of time
The most appropriate type of scavenger hunt will depend on the purpose of the hunt. Below you can find some examples of treasure hunts supported by using social media, which can easily be emulated. Make sure you make the rules and instructions clear to all participants.
FinditinKent – FinditinKent
Amazing Place Scavenger hunt starts todayblog posting explains:
“This Interactive Scavenger Hunt beginning January 18 and ending March 15, 2010 is fun for your whole family … The Scavenger Hunt will use Facebook.com/FindItInKent and the Kent Reporter. Each Monday a riddle will be released on Facebook, and in the Kent Reporter the following Wednesday. Your job is to solve the riddle, visit the business described in the riddle, and pick up the Golden Ticket.”
There are a number of scavenger hunts on Facebook, e.g.
- Scavenger – Scavenger Hunt has scattered items all over facebook. Your job is to find all of the items before the season ends. These items will appear on your profile page, on your friend’s profile, and even in other applications.
- Scavenger Mouse – Items are scattered all over Facebook; in this application, in other applications and in friend’s profiles. The more items you find, the higher you will rank. But others are also rummaging for items. So you may rise, or fail, through the ranks depending on how well others are doing
- Scavenger Quest – 48 Item “Medieval Theme” Global Scavenger Hunt with Wild Cards and the Queen of hearts. Plus Bonus Island