Photo Scavenger Hunt

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to plan a scavenger hunt for our church youth group and the senior adults.

I said yes, but I inwardly I was freaking out a little.  I had never planned anything like this before, and I wanted to make it fun for the kids but also something that the adults would enjoy too.  I also only had a little over a week to plan the whole thing.

Thank heavens for Pinterest!

Follow Sophi @’s board Scavenger Hunt Ideas on Pinterest.

So I ended up combining several ideas that I pinned and created a photo scavenger hunt using close-up pictures of objects around the church.  The teams had to figure out what the picture was, find where the object was located, then take a picture of their team with that object.

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Here’s the list of directions I gave the kids:

Before Starting:

  1. Split into teams.  Make sure at least one person on your team has a cell phone with picture messaging.
  2. Pick one member of your team to be the “Team Leader.”  This person will be responsible for sending all pictures to me.
  3. Give the team leader’s cell phone number to me.
  4. You will be assigned a Team Number.
  5. Make sure you save my number into your phone.

To Play the Game:

  1. You will receive a picture of a close up item.
  2. You must figure out what that picture is of, and where it is located in the church.
  3. Your team must go to that item, and take a picture of the entire team (minus the team captain who is responsible for taking the picture — if needed, though you could probably do “selfie mode” so everyone is in it).
  4. Send the picture to me.
  5. Once I have verified that your team found the correct item, you will receive another picture clue.  If the picture you sent me is incorrect, I will send you a text back telling you so and to try again.
  6. The first team to correctly find all of the clues wins!


I made this spreadsheet as a way to keep myself organized and to know what order to send the clues to each team, especially since there were times where I was getting 5-6 texts at the same time.

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Several of the kids and adults told me after that it was a lot of fun, so I think they really enjoyed it!  So if you need a fun game for a party, this might be a fun and easy one to do. Just make sure you have unlimited text messaging lol!

Happy Hostess

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