May 24 is Scavenger Hunt Day, an annual celebration of the popular party game called scavenger hunt. The unofficial holiday encourages people to get together with friends and family and participate in a scavenger hunt.
A scavenger hunt is a game where individuals or teams compete to find items or perform tasks provided to them as a list by the organizers of the game. The aim of the game is for participants to fulfil the requirements on the list. Usually, at the end the hunt a grand prize awaits the first person/team to reach the end of the list. Scavenger hunts combines aspects of racing, competitive hunting, and hide and seek.
In many hunts, the organizers hide items in difficult to find places and give the participants clues on how and where to find them. Other hunts may require contestants to complete a route.
In recent years, technology has alleviated the way the game is played and has made it possible for players around the world to participate in scavenger hunts. Internet scavenger hunts require people to surf online and visit websites to find clues and solve problems.
Geocaching is yet another recent innovation in the world of scavenger hunting. It is the use of Global Positioning system (GPS) receivers to find caches or geocaches hidden at different spots around the world. A cache is usually a waterproof container that includes a log book and trinkets. Finders are required to leave their signature or name in the log book and may take a trinket out of the box as a way to remind them of their achievement. They must replace the trinket with another one of their choice and leave the cache in the same place they found it for others to find.
Scavenger Hunt Day is also sometimes known as National Scavenger Hunt Day.
How to Celebrate?
- Organize a scavenger hunt for family and friends. To make it more interesting, include some attractive looking prizes and do it for charity.
- Make work fun by doing a scavenger hunt at work during lunch time.
- Participate in a scavenger hunt organized by your city or other local organizations.
Did You Know…
…that the word scavenger comes from the 14th century English word scawageour? The word referred to officials that collected taxes.