/ scavenger hunt ideas

26 Most Popular Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Running a scavenger hunt company, I've seen a lot of scavenger hunt mission ideas. Some great, some poor, and most somewhere in between.

After several years of data, there's several missions from our mission bank that have separated themselves from the crowd. These get used a disproportional amount and are guaranteed to take your event to the next level.

If you're already using GooseChase to run your scavenger hunt, all of these missions and more are available from the Mission Bank tab in the Game Manager when you login. Still planning your scavenger hunt on paper? Click here to find out about how easy it is to plan your next event on the GooseChase platform!

  1. Brilliant! [400 pts] image

    Snap a shot of a teammate standing under a lightbulb as if coming up with a brilliant idea.

  2. Photoshoot [400 pts]

    image

    Take a picture of a stranger taking a picture of you.

  3. Hang Em' High [400 pts]

    image

    Take a photo with all team members high-fiving strangers simultaneously.

  4. Back in Black [400 pts]

    image

    Find two black cars side by side.

  5. What a Year [400 pts]

    image

    Obtain a coin of any denomination from 1999.

  6. Piggy Back? [400 pts]

    image

    Have a stranger give a teammate a piggy back ride.

  7. 40 Years Strong [400 pts]

    image

    Find a couple that has been married for 40+ years.  Snap a pic of them kissing.

  8. Copper Column [400 pts]

    image

    Make a tower of pennies at least 30 high. Team member must be in picture.

  9. Yarrr Pirates [400 pts]

    image

    Construct and wear a pirate hat made of newspaper.

  10. Safety First [400 pts]

    image

    Snap a picture of a team member wearing at least 3 items of personal protective equipment.

  11. Doppleganger [500 pts]

    image

    Find a stranger who looks just like a team member. 500 bonus points to the greatest likeness

  12. Personification [500 pts]

    image

    Find a street sign that personifies a team member. Photograph. 

  13. Parkour [400 pts]

    image

    Show off your parkour skills by jumping over an object in style.

  14. History 101 [400 pts]

    image

    Locate a historical monument.  Take a photo re-enacting a moment in history with this monument.

  15. Jugglin' [500 pts]

    image

    Find a stranger who can juggle 3+ objects.  Snap them in action.

  16. Murder Mystery [500 pts]

    image

    Create a human chalk outline on the sidewalk of a public place.

  17. Definition Please? [400 pts]

    image

    Find the definition of scavenger hunt in a dictionary.

  18. Beautiful Mind [400 pts]

    image

    Prove a well-known mathematical theorem on a chalkboard or window.

  19. Please Mom? [400 pts]

    image

    Take a turn on a coin operated children's ride.

  20. Well Connected [400 pts]

    image

    Collect at least 10 unique business cards. Photo with at least one team member.

  21. Twice is Nice [1000 pts]

    image

    Find and photograph twins. Twins must not be or be related to team members.

  22. You've Got Balls [400 pts]

    image

    Find at least 5 different types of sports balls. Photograph them all in one picture.

  23. Thumb War [600 pts]

    image

    Have a thumb war with a cop.

  24. Sold! [400 pts]

    image

    Find a sold sign on a property.  Must be a legitimate sign.

  25. Small World [400 pts]

    image

    Ideas and news comes from around the world. Find a newspaper from another country.

  26. Egypt Here We Come [600 pts]

    image

    Construct the largest human pyramid you possibly can. Must be at least 3 levels.

Be sure to also check out our archive of all scavenger hunt idea blog posts or our Edu Game Library for educational ideas geared toward the classroom.

Happy scavenger hunting!