Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Handout 1, Scavenger Hunt Rules
- Optional: Newsprint, markers and tape
- Timepiece for each team
- Prizes for the winners, enough of a treat for them to share with the other group participants
Preparation for Activity
- Review Handout 1, Scavenger Hunt List. Adapt the items list as necessary for your congregation. Print out and photocopy for all participants or teams, plus an extra. On the extra handout, assign point values for the different items. You may wish to also post the point values on a sheet of newsprint.
- Inform congregational staff and/or members as necessary that participants will be visiting locations in the building on a scavenger hunt.
Description of Activity
This activity gives participants a fun way to notice places of religious identity in your congregation.
Form smaller groups based on how many adults you have-each group should have an adult leader. Pass out handouts and review rules of the hunt together. Make sure each group has a way of keeping time and knows when to return to the room. Remind them about activities are going on in the congregation and review ways they might enter a room without being too disruptive; for example, one person from the group might enter after knocking, and gesture silence as they move to do what they need to do.
Send them off.
When they return, gather everyone into a group. Ask groups to share what they have gathered and total their points. Declare a winner and bring out the treat.
Explain that their win entitles them to this treat and also to an opportunity for practicing generosity with those they played against. If they whine, ask how much fun the game would have been without competitors? Affirm that winners need someone to play the game with and so all should be included in the treat.
Thank all for participating.
Including All Participants
The speed and excitement of a scavenger hunt, especially in a building that is not fully accessible, can especially challenge children with physical limitations. Adults leading the teams need to make sure every child has a role in finding some items on the list.