Free Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Teenagers

Updated April 17, 2017

Free scavenger hunt ideas for teenagers not only create an amusing group activity, but they help teens practice their creative thinking, problem solving and social skills. The best thing about free scavenger hunts is that they’re easy to customise for any occasion, such as a location scavenger hunt for a geography class or a costume scavenger hunt for a Halloween party.

Around Town Scavenger Hunt

Let driving-age teenagers run around town for a free scavenger hunt. Split players into small groups, and give each group a digital camera. Create a list of notable locations that each team must visit and take a group picture at. Remind players that everyone must be in the picture, and a random bystander will need to take the photo.

Create riddles that give hints about each location on the list. “The fountain in town centre,” is too easy. Instead write, “I sit and wait in the heart of our town, watching as the water tumbles down." Use statues, monuments, businesses and parks as different locations for the list.

Neighbourhood Scavenger Hunt

Keep the scavenger hunt restricted to the local neighbourhood if the teenage players do not have access to a car. Stick to a traditional scavenger hunt theme, and give each small team a list of riddles. The answer to each riddle is an item they need to find outdoors or receive from assorted neighbours.

Instead of stating simple items on the list, such as a plastic spoon, create a riddle with clues that reveal the item’s identity. For example, “I’m plastic and used before you bake, I’m the thing that mixes up the cake.” Use a combination of easy and difficult items to create a challenging game. Try an old washcloth, a purple bead and a carrot for the easy items and a can of organic soup, a boat-patterned paper towel and a plastic pink curler for the hard items.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Throw a photo scavenger hunt to take teenagers around town or confine them to the neighbourhood. Each small team receives a digital camera and a list of objects the teens must pose with for a group picture. Writing the list items as riddles adds a little extra fun to the hunt, but is not necessary to make the game interesting. Searching for the odd objects is the basic entertainment for the activity.

Combine an assortment of random objects to create a challenging photo list. For example, use a red door, a tilted tree, a spiral slide and a blue truck for the simple objects and a dog-themed mailbox, a black limousine, a white window with blue curtains and a pink neon sign for the difficult objects.

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