Hunt vs Scavenger Hunt
Treasure hunt and
you've heard them both and probably at different times
interchangeably. However, are they the same and what are the pros and
cons of each? We'll consider these questions here
Although there are numerous different mainstream treasure hunt formats
and hundreds of entirely new ones being created all the time, we can roughly
sum up the definitions into this overly simplistic one: A treasure hunt
is an activity involving going from location to location based on a series
of clues or puzzles. Typically the locations are in a linear fashion,
however by no means does this speak for all of them (usually the ones
that are the most interesting are NOT linear in fashion.) There may be
activities or tasks to complete along the way. There maybe even items
to collect as you go. However, the focus of the activity is on the journey
and the problem solving skills to correctly navigate the clues and puzzles
until you reach the 'end' of the hunt itself.
what's a scavenger hunt then?
A scavenger hunt involves a list of some sort. As with the treasure hunt,
there are several different formats for scavenger hunts but its simplistic
definition looks something like this: Using a list (how they get the list
can be part of the fun) the participants attempt to collect/find all of
the objects on the list and bring them back to a known central location.
The activity is usually timed, but doesn't have to be.