Scavenger Hunt List for College Students

By Holly Gee

One of the hardest jobs in organizing a college scavenger hunt is to create the list of objects to find or tasks to complete. The hunt list can contain common items that are easy to find around campus or in the local community, rare objects that require skill to track down, pictures of team members in unusual places, or silly pranks or assignments to perform. Ideas and objects are everywhere.

Common Scavenger Hunt Objects

Plastic Easter eggs can be scavenger hunt items.

You can find the following common objects in dorms or the local community: Pink plastic shower cap Giant underwear Garden weasel Plastic Easter egg Menu from a local restaurant Hubcap Blood donor card Business card from a funeral home or unusual business Pink flamingo Coonskin cap Program from a professional sports event Happy Meal toy Lime green shoelace Receipt from a local Wal-Mart or Target Size 14 man’s shoe Bent 2006 penny Picture of Billy Mays A cubic zirconium Garden gnome Sponge Bob Pez Christmas card and envelope with postmark sent to a team member Dr. Scholl’s gel insole Shopping bag from a sexy lingerie store Stapler suspended in lemon jello Out of state driver’s license Program from a Sunday church service Newspaper written in Chinese Donkey pinata Burger King crown Hair of the dog Red pantyhose Inflatable Santa

Campus Treasures

Find a picture of the college mascot on campus.

Teams will find these objects on their college campus: Picture of the school mascot Copy of the freshman orientation catalog Scantron testing form College essay with an F grade Unsharpened pencil with the school logo Jersey worn in the school’s last game University police parking citation Business card from the president’s office Recruitment letter from the athletic department Blue book from an exam Cheerleader’s autographed picture Minutes from a science club’s meeting School yearbook that is at least 10 years old Rice Krispie treat shaped like the school mascot Ticket from a swim team meet Brochure from the alumni center Chinese exchange student's signature

Take A Picture

Some scavenger hunt lists require taking pictures.

Some scavenger hunts require that the teams take a picture at a location or while performing a task. Here are some photo ideas: Picture of a team member in a laundromat dryer Old person yelling at a team member Picture of the team with a llama The team with a giant statue from a local restaurant A team member in a dentist’s office A team member at the police station with an officer Kissing a statue of the college founder

Videotaping

The following scavenger hunt ideas for performing a task need to be videotaped or presented in person: Professor singing the college fight song Team members singing in a karaoke club Child reciting the Pledge of Allegiance Team member washing dishes in the cafeteria Team members playing musical chairs outdoors Spraying a team member with cans of whipped cream A mini-gymnastics routine

About the Author

Holly Gee has been writing technical documents since 1991. Her work was published and used as training materials by Citibank, CareerBuilder.com and Newell Rubbermaid. Currently, Gee is an adjunct composition instructor at several Ohio universities and does editing work for graduate students. She holds a Master of Arts in literature from Loyola Marymount University.