Boy Scout Scavenger Hunt Ideas

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Boy Scout Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Use a digital camera for a scavenger hunt. (digital camera 6 image by Harvey Hudson from

Boy Scouts teach young boys a number of things, including survival skills and leadership skills. The boys get together frequently for meetings and den mothers or team leaders, plan events for the boys at these meetings. Scavenger hunts are frequently used for meetings and special events because the hunts force the boys to work together in a casual environment. Try using scavenger hunt ideas for your next Boy Scout meeting and watch the boys get excited over finding everything before the other teams.

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Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt

Digital scavenger hunts are becoming more popular, as the price of digital cameras keeps dropping. For this type of scavenger hunt, you’ll need enough cameras to give every group their own. Ask parents to let their children use their cameras for the day or get others to volunteer cheaper cameras for the hunt. Divide the boys into small groups and give them a list of finds. The boys must take photographs of everything on the list or at least as many items as they can find throughout the day. Include objects, people and experiences. For example, you may ask that the boys take a picture of a school, something that makes them happy and a police officer.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Use a nature scavenger hunt on your next Boy Scout overnight. For this type of hunt, the groups need to bring back items on the list. Include items that can easily be found in nature, as well as some harder-to-find items. Harder-to-find items might include a bird’s nest, a black rock or even a rock that looks like a person or animal. Add items to the list that anyone can find, such as a leaf, blade of grass, wild flower or clover. Depending on the age level, you may want to ask for leaves from a certain tree, a specific type of flower or even a four-leaf clover.

Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Create a holiday scavenger hunt to feed needy people in your community. Give the boys a list of items they need to find to make a holiday meal. Include turkey or ham, canned vegetables, stuffing mix and even desserts. Ask the boys to find items by knocking on doors, talking to store owners and asking their own families for help. Take the found items to a soup kitchen or community centre in your area. The boys feel good, knowing that they helped put dinner on the table for a hungry family.

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