The activity is the Scavenge Hunt. This can be done in three different ways and I will describe them below:
1) The Stay Seated Scavenger Hunt
v Ask audience to bring in items they think will be asked for. Encourage them to fill their purses, pockets, bags, etc. and bring it to the event
v Make a list of items that they could bring with them
v Include items that would be funny, that might have a story to go with them, or that people would be surprised someone would actually have. (Green Stamps anyone?)
v See the list I used
v Cut the list into pieces and place them into a basket
v Ask people to draw the item out of the basket. (This gets more people involved, even if they never have an item on your list, they are participating…..)
v Use the resident’s names as often as possible.
v Teams can be seated at a table or divide your auditorium or meeting room into sections
v After reading the item out loud, give people time to find the item – but not much time. Keep it moving!
v Count all the items and record them. I had an assistant help with this buy using a dry erase board.
v Prizes or no prizes…. It’s up to you.
2) The Semi-Seated Scavenger Hunt
v Same as above, but have each team bring the item back to the team’s table, which is at the front of the room
v You can do this with a captain who gets it from his team, or do not have a captain and each person brings their own item up to the table
v Make sure that all the items are returned after the program is over
3) A Serious Scavenger Hunt
v Look around your community and make a list of items that are unique to your community
v Include items on the list that are specific so that there is no confusion
v Gather the participants and give them the list of items that you want them to find
v Give participants a deadline to return the items to you
v This event can be done over a few days, or in a few hours
v Bringing back the items can mean taking a picture of them on your smart phone or tablet (with or without the resident in the photo with it), a note on the list of where they located the item, or asking them to return a sticker that is next to the item on the list.
v Make the prize something special so that people are more serious about playing the game independently.
v This game can be played individually or as a team
v Items can be inside or outside.
Here are a few websites that have Scavenger Hunt ideas that take you beyond what I’ve used with seniors before:
And here are some books from Amazon: