The childhood classic, the scavenger hunt, is still very familiar to us adults. We were so excited when we received the first task and the adventure started! The thrilling treasure hunt is still a very popular game for young and old. And depending on the location and time, it can become a unique experience for the whole group. The individual tasks, which lead to the next if solved correctly, and the excitement of a great reward at the end, make the scavenger hunt an all-round adventure for almost all locations, ages and group sizes. Whether it's in a home settlement, amusement park, or forest, any location is possible.
A scavenger hunt in the woods, with the right planning, will be a great success for young and old. It offers fresh air, beautiful surroundings and an adventure experience that can provide knowledge as well as fun and excitement. So that you can carry out your adventure in the forest in a structured way and without major problems, here are a few points that you should definitely consider when planning your outdoor adventure.
Not just any forest is suitable for a scavenger hunt. The following points should therefore be considered before you decide on a particular forest for your scavenger hunt:
Forests tend to be damp and cool. A rainproof jacket as well as sturdy shoes are an advantage during a scavenger hunt in the forest - unless the weather forecast predicts summer temperatures. Long pants are advisable for another, no less important reason: Ticks are often encountered in the woods. Long clothing that covers your arms and legs helps keep the parasites away. If a longer scavenger hunt is planned in the forest, it can be quite useful to take water bottles, a flashlight and a first aid kit with you.
The more exciting, varied and creative you make your scavenger hunt in the forest, the more motivated the participants will be to complete the individual tasks. The following scavenger hunt puzzles are particularly suitable in the forest:
To make your scavenger hunt in the forest a complete success, we have put together a number of general tips and scavenger hunt ideas. These are not just for a scavenger hunt in the forest – a city rally in the city can also benefit from these tips:
The scavenger hunt should have various levels of challenge appropriate to the average age. Only difficult tasks demotivate in the long run. And only easy tasks offer no room for excitement and pondering. Sure, you can include one or two "hard nuts" in your task list. But leave it at those. Most tasks should be moderately difficult.
Build knowledge tasks, math tasks, team challenges, search and collection tasks, coloring and craft tasks, and whatever else you can think of into the forest version of a classic city rally. One rule of thumb you can set is: no task should be too similar to another.
Try to get the whole team involved. Not all tasks can always involve all group members, but try to make as many tasks as possible a team task. Then no one feels left out and everyone has fun.
Locate the tasks of the scavenger hunt in the forest in such a way that the participants pass the most interesting places possible. The route should be neither too short nor too long. Experience shows that 4-5 kilometers is a comfortable distance for most people. Passionate hikers can be expected to take a longer walk. For children, pensioners as well as people in poor health you should plan a shorter route.
The forest is home to many animals and plants. The preservation of the forest ecosystem is the responsibility of visitors of the forest. Please note the following points:
Combine the scavenger hunt with a picnic get-together! You can include the culinary intermezzo before, during or after the scavenger hunt in the forest. The forest theme can also be reflected in the food offered: With cranberry jam, wild boar pâté or pickled wild mushrooms, you are guaranteed to delight the scavenger hunters!
Whether it's a self-designed t-shirt with "King/Queen of the Forest" printed on it, a candy tree (a branch with candy attached to it), or an invitation to a forest breakfast. Be creative in your choice of prizes. Participants will remember the scavenger hunt for a long time.
Rely on a mixture of information and entertainment for your scavenger hunt in the forest. Thus, each task can contain a short paragraph with facts about the forest that are worth knowing, but can also be amusing: Did you know, for example, that the number of trees in German forests exceeds the number of people living on earth?
Equipped with the above information, you have already taken a big step towards creating your scavenger hunt. However, you will have noticed that there are many things to consider and that developing your scavenger hunt takes a lot of time. There is also the question of whether the participants will like their scavenger hunt puzzles in the end. Therefore, it is worth considering whether you want to plan and organize the scavenger hunt yourself or whether you would prefer to use a tried and tested concept. In the following table, we compare the advantages and disadvantages of both options.
| Organize yourself
Pros & cons self-organization
| Book tickets
Pros & cons ticket booking
|Very time consuming||Simple booking|
|Paper only||Intuitive web application|
|Free of charge (except material costs)||Not free of charge|