Corporate teams are embracing the chance to experience more sophisticated treasure hunts that aren’t as traditional scavenger hunting.
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 are simple to plan and ideal for school groups as well as social gatherings. It is not necessary to know the area of the course is needed because the majority of the items listed are available almost anyplace.
Treasure hunts are different from scavenger hunts as they require more than simply locating items from the list. Companies that organize team building events who conduct treasure hunts must not interfere with the area of the course and the locations are not supposed to interfere with other visitors within the vicinity.
Another popular form of treasure hunts is geocaching. Geocaching involves hiding containers to be found by groups. The teams open the containers to find cards that have different points on them, or other small objects. One of the problems in this kind of treasure hunt has been that the Geocache was frequently discovered by an individual who wasn’t involved in the group building exercise and could cause alarm. It wasn’t very satisfying or enjoyable 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, and ClueQuest the Indoor Treasure Hunt. GeoQuest includes hand-held GPS units that help 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 target. 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 will learn about the history on the Boston’s Freedom Trail, discover the forests of 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 handheld GPS devices to find clues in the outdoors, teams work with an emulator by using Braille or signs to solve clues in indoor locations like The Field Museum in Chicago, the San Jose Tech Museum, the Atlanta Aquarium, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC to name just a few.
GeoQuest along with ClueQuest are great team-building activities for large corporate groups of any size. Collaboration, strategic thinking planning, communication, and leadership are a few of the essential abilities required to succeed during treasure hunts. Participants are introduced to a city or zoo, and may even find items they’ve never heard of within their own backyards.
Treasure hunts for team building continue to evolve beyond outdated scravenger hunts. Themes are 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 solve puzzles on a more extensive course, while riding in luxury limousines.