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3 Unique Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Have fun and help your favorite charity with these unique scavenger hunts

Scouring the neighborhood for random and potentially wacky items while pitted against other teams of hunters is a great way for families and friends to spend the day or evening, especially when that fun-filled scavenger hunt is for a good cause.

Consider the “hunts” below to create your own charitable treasure chase.

Thrift store hunt

With a thrift store as the designated hunting ground, your scavenger hunt participants are sure to find a treasure trove of amazing items. Set a purchase limit for your teams such as $20.00, suggests writer Stephen Pepper, who also recommends that if the teams are made up of adults, they should pitch in the money to cover the items, but if it’s a youth group activity, the money should be provided.

Create a list of items, which could be a mix of random items and items specifically geared toward the charity of choice, like household or personal care items that can be delivered after the hunt has concluded. Pepper suggests the list contain items that are somewhat hard to find, such as “a dress with at least six different colors on it; snow globe; clothing with a Christmas design; or book by John Grisham.” Items should not threaten the $20 limit though, said Pepper. He also suggests including three bonus items, such as “ugliest ornament, toy that looks like it’s 100-years-old or cheesiest vinyl album sleeve.”

Participants should break up into teams, grab the list and head to the thrift store where they hunt for as many items as possible within their budget. The team that retrieves the most items will earn the most points and thus be crowned the scavenger hunt winner.

Kind acts hunt

The nonprofit is on a mission to inspire people to spread kindness through small or big gestures, and one way the organization is sharing its mission is through the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES). According to Entertainment Weekly writer Samantha Highfill, GISHWHES “features teams from all over the world as they take on a list of more than 200 items, completing what they can and posting photos and videos to the GISHWHES website.”

Take inspiration from GISHWHES and create a local scavenger hunt that includes a large task like cleaning up a local beach or park and a small task like assisting customers with their groceries, suggests The list can be filled with any kind acts to benefit a charity, good cause or neighbor, and be sure to post your good deeds on social media to rally support from others, recommends

Entrance fee hunt

Charging an entrance, team or admission fee to participate in a hunt is an easy way to raise funds for a non-profit, according to the experts at To create the hunt, the experts at recommend designating a theme, compiling a list of 25-50 items, setting a time limit for your teams to hunt, asking for prize donations from local businesses and celebrating the event with a pizza party when the hunt is over.

Whether searching for items you can donate to a charity or performing random acts of helping, you can create a scavenger hunt that is packed with fun and goodwill.

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