A List of Ideas for a Scavenger Hunt for Teenagers

Updated April 17, 2017

Give teens something to think about with scavenger hunts that list more than just rubber bands and paper clips. Get teens on the move in search of things that give them opportunities to interact with adults and make the most of teamwork to find unusual items in everyday places. Tell your teens to close that junk drawer, because they will find these scavenger hunt items in the mall, through a camera lens and via some tricky brain teasers.

Shopping Mall Scavenger Hunt

Send teens on scavenger hunt through the shopping centre. Have them track down hard-to-find items such as chopsticks, perfume or cologne samples or a discarded unusual plastic or rubber clothing tag. Create your own list or use the alphabet as a guide for items from A to Z. Teens are quick and resourceful, so make sure scavenger hunt items are challenging to track down. Other difficult to find items include mascara brushes, men's collar stays, bookmarks and green straws. Score items on difficulty and review proper mall manners with teens before they set out on the hunt.

Neighbourhood Photo Scavenger Hunt

Give each teen a disposable digital camera, or have them bring their own if they prefer. Send them out into the neighbourhood hunting for the perfect moment to capture specific photos. This scavenger hunt requires thought, spontaneity and imagination. Items and situations should be difficult to find, but well known to occur in the neighbourhood. For example, a photo scavenger hunt should include items like Siamese acorns, golf carts, bright orange "kids at play" cones or a front door with an unusual knocker. Make photo opportunities even more challenging with assignments such as a black cat, blue jay or a specific automobile make and model. Award prizes for most items found and extremely impressive or creative photos.

Clue-Based Scavenger Hunt

All items in this scavenger hunt are actually clues except for one. Hand-written or printed out clues feature brainteasers that lead to other clues in a series of locations that edge closer to a single grand prize or "treasure box" of smaller prizes. This scavenger hunt has no limits on creativity. Base clues on anything from brainteasers to logic riddles. Relate the clues to the reward and teens will try to guess the reward along the way to increase their chances of finding it. For example, money brainteasers might lead to a cash prize, optical illusions might lead to a new video game or a gaming store gift-card, and fashion know-how clues might lead to a pair of jeans, accessories or a new dress.

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Based in Atlanta, Kristen Noelle has been writing since 2007. Her work has appeared in AOL News, "Mothering Magazine," "Maui News," "Christian Science Monitor," "Forsyth County News" and the "Forsyth Herald." Noelle studies comparative literature at the University of Georgia.