Campground Adult Scavenger Hunt Ideas

by Diane Steinbach
A scavenger hunt is a great way to pass the time.

A scavenger hunt is a great way to pass the time.

Whether you gather a group of friends together for a weekend of “roughing it” or are attending a family reunion in a manicured campground, a scavenger hunt is an adventurous way for adults to get to know each other or pass the time while on vacation. Although most people have participated in scavenger hunts before, these modern ideas for adult scavenger hunts will inspire even the most jaded game player to get out of the hammock and into the woods. A little preparation and knowledge of your guest’s interests will result in challenging game play for everyone.

Camera Hunt

Surprise a squirrel during your camera scavenger hunt.

Bring technology into the woods by using your digital camera with a traditional scavenger hunt list. Normally, a nature scavenger hunt list would include things such as pine cones, maple leaves, tree bark, mushrooms and perhaps even a feather. With the digital camera scavenger hunt, you can get a bit more creative. Include those normal items for players to take pictures of, but also list more elusive or difficult items such as a photo of a squirrel, a bird, a butterfly and animal tracks. Give campers a return time and then go through all the photos, checking off the required items as you go.

Camper Horror Movie Props

Freak out your friends while in the woods with this horror movie game.

A horror movie scavenger hunt is the perfect game for a group of camping horror-movie fans on a rustic vacation. Prepare some props before you leave on your trip so you can hide them around the woods for players to find. For example, pack small Mayan Pyramid statues to represent “The Ruins,” tied-twig dolls to represent “The Blair Witch Project” and make up fake “Camp Crystal Lake” signs to represent “Friday the 13th.” Provide players with a list of the movies and the items to find throughout the campground and inspire plenty of movie talk while they hunt.

ABCs

Be sure to bring paper and pens to play the alphabet game.

An alphabet-inspired scavenger hunt will have adult players scratching heads while wandering through the campground. When you instruct players to return to camp with one item to represent every letter in the alphabet, you give them some creative license that can entertain everyone during check-in time. Although some players may use a pine cone to fulfill the “P” letter, others may show up with panties, a poultice or even a perch fish!

Survival Hunt

Review camping and survival basics with this challenging game.

A challenge for experienced hikers and rustic campers, a survivalist’s scavenger hunt requires teams to take time to collect or make items they would need to survive if lost in the woods. For example, ask participants to collect or create things such as plants you could eat to survive, items you need to make a compass, things you’ll need to start a fire, a plan for a shelter, a piece of rope you make yourself, an improvised fishing pole or way to catch a fish, a self-made basket or a water container. If your campers are equipped with GPS units, place special items at specific GPS coordinates to test directional and tracking skills.

Where’s Waldo Hunt

The name game can help you get to know your neighbors.

Large campgrounds can feel impersonal, so get to know your neighbors with a “Where’s Waldo” scavenger hunt. Choose a common name such as Joe or Kathy or designate a specific letter such as “L.” Ask hunters to go around the campground and meet as many people with that name or initial as they can. Have players get signatures from fellow campers to prove the success of the team hunt. Add some variety to the game by allowing game players to find campers whose names or initials match their own. By doing so, you help spread the joy among other campers and give everyone the opportunity to get to know each other.

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