When you think of scavenger hunts, you probably think of those dorky little exercises you did in elementary school. “Find three leaves. Find an acorn. Etc., etc.” The scavenger hunts we’re talking about definitely don’t fall into that category, though. These scavenger hunts will have an entire group laughing all night long. Here are a few ideas that you can use for your fraternity or sorority, whether you need a way to get to know new members or are just bored on a Friday night.
You’ve probably played a personal scavenger hunt before. With this type of scavenger hunt, you simply write down a list of different qualities, likes and dislikes, or other personal information on a piece of paper and run copies of it. Everyone gets a piece of paper, and each person has to go and find someone who has one of the qualities on the paper. For instance, you might have to find someone with three brothers, someone with blue eyes, or someone who hates pickles. The crazier the qualities you have to find, the more fun the game will be.
Another great scavenger hunt is the whole-town hunt. You can write a list of different random grocery items or food from fast food restaurants and divide into teams. Everyone has to go around and buy the different items, and whichever team gets done first wins. This sounds ridiculously easy, but it can be quite hard if you’re in an unfamiliar place or if you’re really, really specific about the brands/sizes/etc. for the items on the list. If you know that there’s a certain product you can only find at one small ethnic grocery store in town, that’s a perfect candidate for your list.
You can add an element of ridiculous fun to this type of scavenger hunt by adding a list of objectives to complete as you’re trying to get to your items. You might have to sing a song really loud while standing by a particular street sign or talk to a cashier or manager at a particular store about a fictional problem. Be sure that you aren’t doing anything illegal, and send a referee with each group who can ensure that they’re doing everything they’re supposed to.
To make this type of scavenger hunt even more fun and hilarious, turn it into a game of fugitive. In this game, you name three people from the group to be fugitives. Split the rest of the group into two teams, and give each team their grocery and to-do lists. After you’ve given the fugitives a head start on foot, the other teams will set out by car. Their goal is to complete their lists and catch the fugitives first. If you want to make it possible for the fugitives to win the game, you can have them try to reach a destination on the other side of town without getting caught.