Mall Scavenger Hunt

So I was trying to find cheap fun stuff to do this summer to go along with our mission projects. Well back a couple of months ago I though a scavenger hunt at the local mall would be a good idea. I didn’t really put much thought into it. It just sounded like something that students would want to be a part of.

So it is tomorrow and I have spent the evening trying to find that thin line between crazy enough to be fun and so crazy they throw us all out of the mall. I am thinking about instructing my kids that if they are asked to stop to not say that they are with a church. Just go outside and wait and we will come and find you.

Anyway, this is a photo scavenger hunt. I tried to come up with as many things that can be done out in the mall itself since some stores have a problem with cameras. I have a couple of digital cameras, but I think the bulk of the picture taking will be done with cell phones. This is the one time that I am really glad all of my students seem to have them.

The part I am really excited about is the primary objective. I have made it so that you can’t win the game unless everyone in your group at least comes up with something. In the announcement I told them to bring an extra $3 so they should have the cash. I am also going to tell them that buying something from the Christian bookstore is cheating. They must use their imaginations.

Dothan Mall Scavenger Hunt

Primary Objective:

Find something that costs less than $3 that you can use to share the truth about God’s love with someone else. Everyone must purchase their own unique item (don’t copy someone else) and must bring it back at our first check in (8:00 in the food court).

Secondary Objectives:

Take a digital photo of someone in your group with each of the following items. Prizes will be given to the group who gets the most correct pictures. In event of a tie the adults will judge who’s gross picture is grossest and that group will be the winner. Every member of the group must be in at least one picture in order for the group to be eligible for the prize. None of the people who are listed below can be people from our group.

Someone wearing an Auburn shirt

Someone wearing an Alabama shirt

A map of the mall

A cow

Someone posing like a teapot

Someone sitting on the floor

Someone flapping their arms like a bird

A store clerk (must have on at least a nametag)

A cash register

Someone barefooted

Someone eating

Someone in your group driving

Someone in your group dancing

Something gross


2000 points if everyone in your group completes the primary objective

100 points for each secondary objective completed

7 thoughts on “Mall Scavenger Hunt

  • June 3, 2005 at 11:29 AM

    shane, thats a quality idea… sounds way fun.

  • June 3, 2005 at 1:29 PM

    This is great! We’ll have to try it with our kids.

  • June 4, 2005 at 10:28 AM

    Neat! Tell us how it goes, won’t you? I’m interested to see what the kids come up with for the primary objective.

  • December 21, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    oh MY GOODNESS!! That sounds like SO much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m having a mall scavenger hunt with my youth group girls from my church…those are amazing ideas!!

  • December 21, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    WOW!!!!!! That sounds like it would have been so much fun!!!!!!!!!! Especially your primary objective!

  • December 26, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    We tried this, and unfortunately, living in the litigious society that we do, were kicked out of the mall (no more than 5 kids together, PLUS it’s against mall policy to use camera phones). I think it was my son who broke the camel’s back when he did a handstand (one of our hunt photos) and did it in front of a mall security guard. Oh, well. We went Christmas caroling instead. p.s. it was on June 30.

  • December 28, 2007 at 2:46 AM

    Yeah, there are few stores that will let you take pictures in the stores. I have never heard of not taking pictures in the mall itself however. That is wild.


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