Corporate teams are embracing the chance to experience more sophisticated treasure hunts that aren’t as traditional scavenger hunts.
According to Wikipedia Scavenger hunts refers to “A game in which individuals or teams seek to find a number of specific items, or perform tasks, as given in a list. The goal is either to complete the list first, or to complete the list in the most creative manner.” Scavenger hunts can be simple to arrange and can be ideal for school groups as well as social gatherings. It is not necessary to know the location of the course is needed because the majority of the items listed are available almost anyplace.
Treasure hunts are different from scavenger hunting in that the game requires more than simply locating items from an agenda. Companies that organize team building events who conduct treasure hunts are not allowed to disturb the the course and the locations must not be in conflict with other visitors within the vicinity.
Geocaching involves hiding containers for teams to find. The teams open the containers to discover cards with different value of points or other small objects. The most common issue in this kind of treasure hunt has been that the Geocache box was frequently discovered by someone who was not part of the team building activities and could cause alarm. It wasn’t very enjoyable or thrilling to search for tiny containers.
Treasure hunts for team building have made a huge leap and now include hunts like GeoQuest A High Tech Treasure Hunt as well as ClueQuest the Indoor Treasure Hunt. GeoQuest includes hand-held GPS devices to assist teams find clues within the zoo or city. Teams consisting of between four and five people are provided with handheld GPS units with pre-programmed places of treasures hidden. The GPS units direct teams to the 20-foot limit of their destination. Following that, they must use their skills and determination to read the written clues and uncover the secret answers. GeoQuest offers participants the chance to collaborate to reach their objectives. Teams can discover the past on the Boston’s Freedom Trail, discover the forests in Zoo and Aquarium of the Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium or explore the sights of historic Charlotte, NC.
Treasure hunts such as ClueQuest are like GeoQuest the High-Tech Treasure Hunt, but instead of using handheld GPS devices to solve clues outside, teams use an emulator by using Braille or the sign language to find clues inside at places like such as the Field Museum in Chicago, the San Jose Tech Museum, the Atlanta Aquarium, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC to name some.
GeoQuest along with ClueQuest are excellent team building activities for large corporate groups of any size. Collaboration, strategic thinking planning, communication, and leadership are just a few essential skills required to succeed during treasure hunts. Participants are introduced to a city as well as a zoo. They also discover things they didn’t know about in their backyards.
Treasure hunts for team building continue to evolve beyond outdated scravenger hunts. There are new themes emerging like CSI: On Location, treasure hunts that are based on corporate initiatives like Kindness Wins and LimoQuest, that allows teams to work together to find clues on a more extensive course, while riding in luxury limousines.