Monday, May 07, 2007

    Scavenger Hunt: Revisited

    We've posted before about different sorts of scavenger hunts with youth that go beyond the usual list of items (toothpaste tube, buffalo nickel, jar of pickles, etc.). We had another go at a creative scavenger hunt this past Sunday, with some new twists. Keep in mind, the goal here was to encourage conversation and creativity, particularly on ideas related to our faith (some items in the list below make that connection more plainly than others). Here's how we set it up:

    Your task is to find items that are represented by the descriptions on the list below. To record your findings, you must use one of the following methods, and each method must be used at least once: 1) take a Polaroid photo of the item, 2) draw a picture of the item, 3) write a poem about the item, 4) get a signature of a person that represents that item to your team, 5) retrieve a physical object, 6) (optional) : Take a cell phone photo of item, 7) (optional): A different method of your choice (as long as it’s legal!)

    After going through the ground rules, students were given the list below:

    too much
    Do you see what we see?
    meaning of life
    new life
    young and old
    ant’s eye view

    Groups were then transported to a particular area in the city and given a set amount of time to "scavenge." The great part about this activity is that they don't just rush around grabbing stuff. They have to take time as a group talking about what "peace" means or how you visualize "injustice" or where do you see Christ out in the everyday world. Later, the groups came back together and had a great time sharing their photos, drawings, poems, and experiences. (By the way, the time is not too far off when the Polaroid scavenger hunt will be completely replaced by the cell phone photo scavenger hunt!).
    For more items like the ones I used on the list above, check out this scavenger hunt resource.



    Len said...

    Great idea and link. Thanks.

    Brian said...

    Hope you can use this idea, Len. Our group really did enjoy it. I particularly like that it speaks to a variety of intelligences within the group. The physical kids get to move around outside, the talkers get to engage the group in discussion, the writers get to craft poems, the artists get to show off their doodling, the quiet ones can take photos, etc.

    Rachel Rev said...

    Love it.