Photo Scavenger Hunt

Photo Scavenger Hunt is a fun team-based scavenger hunt activity with an interesting twist — the goal is to bring back digital photos (or polaroids) of various places and things.  By doing this, people will capture good memories and also have some experience working together and collaborating as a team.

This is an active game and teambuilding activity.  The recommended group size is: teams of three or four people.  Allocate plenty of time for this activity.  Recommended ages are: 15 and up.  You will need one camera (a digital camera or polaroid) for each team.

Setup for the Photo Scavenger Hunt

As the facilitator of this activity, prepare a list of about twelve interesting places, things, and circumstances that can be captured using a camera.  Some examples of items you can write are:

  • A family of animals
  • A group photo with a local celebrity or someone famous
  • A very relaxing place
  • Something big and the color pink
  • The biggest tree
  • A group photo with someone dressed in very formal attire
  • A photo with a yellow car
  • A human pyramid of at least seven people
  • The funniest thing you can find
  • Something that begins with the letter “Z”

Be creative with this list.  When you have the list prepared, make enough copies for each team.

Playing the Photo Scavenger Hunt 

Divide the group into teams of about three to four people.  Distribute cameras (preferably digital, although polaroid is okay too) and copies of the list you made.  Explain the rules of the activity.  Set a time limit for the groups (e.g. two hours or so).  Instruct the teams to find as many things as they can on the list, and for each item, take a picture with all the group members in the photo.  Encourage the players to be creative and to think outside of the box.

When time expires, have all members reconvene and present their photos along with their checklist.  Award one point for each successful photo item and bonus points for extra creativity or effort.

This activity is great for building team chemistry and for creating (and capturing!) funny memories.  Be sure to provide adequate supervision if there are younger participants.  Always keep safety first!

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