It's a scavenger hunt...for scavenger hunt ideas!
October 16, 2010 11:33 AM Subscribe
[Scavenger Hunt Filter] Help me help my boyfriend scavenge and hunt.
My SO is a web developer, and next week he will be out of town for a week-long Java training session. I need help thinking of scavenger hunt missions to send him on. Also, the scavenger hunt is a special snowflake.
posted by Room 641-A to grab bag (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We play this game once in a while and both get a kick out of it, but it usually involves a fairly short list of things to kill a few hours of boredom. For example, when his servers at work went down for half a day he was tasked with sending me photos of items around the office representing the numbers 0-9 (ie, a photo of a pair of shoes could represent the number two.) Now that he’ll have a lot of time on his hands I’d like to come up with something more elaborate and creative, but I’m drawing a complete blank.
Google and AskMe are chock-full of scavenger hunt ideas, but they’re too ambitious for my needs. This
previous question is similar, but Philly-centric; this
one just made me jealous. I’d love to have a stockpile of ideas for future reference, too, so ideas of all sizes and complexity are welcome!
Out of town details/restrictions:
1) He will be in or around Raleigh, NC, but probably in a nondescript office park area with little else around. I’m not sure how much sightseeing he’ll be able (or want) to do, so nothing too Raleigh-specific. However….
2) Things like a landmark that is hard to miss (e.g., the Gateway Arch in St. Louis) or something that’s an ubiquitous part of Raleigh (e.g., Amish buggies in Pennsylvania) could definitely work.
3) Since most of his week will be spent in a classroom, hotel room, or airport, the items can’t be too exotic, but he’ll have time to root around. (I’ve been wanting to send him out to find items beginning with the letters A-Z and he’ll finally have the time to do it.)
4) I’m open to sending him on a number of self-contained mini missions, one major mission with smaller goals or checkpoints, and anything in between. I just want to avoid a scenario where he spends all week taking pictures and it ends with a massive photo dump when he gets home.
5) Bonus points for Java-related clues!
1) Items need to be captured electronically, not physically collected. This could include screen caps or even a URL; he just needs to be able to send it to me via text or email. We’re in a LDR so it’s easier than schlepping something home just to show it to me on Skype.
2) In addition to the usual themed lists, sets/groups of things, and/or individual items I can send him looking for, I'd love to challenge his big, sexy brain by using word-y and math-y puzzles as clues to the actual items he needs to find. He raised the bar by sending me out to find a ghost, a pizza with one slice missing, a cherry, etc. and then find the thing they had in common (Pac-Man!)
3) He works at a large company and goes to an occasional conference or work-related event, so that's generally the kind of environment he'll be hunting in.
4) Holy Grail item bonus: He loves crunching numbers and playing with spreadsheets, so it would be awesome if anyone can think of a way to incorporate that into a clue or item.
Thank you, hive!