The 20 best scavenger hunt missions

When I give someone the elevator pitch for GooseChase, I always make sure to weave in a couple of my favourite missions as examples. Not only does it get the point across, but this is usually the moment when they get what we are trying to do. Just like you put a face to a name, this puts an experience to the technology.

Since fun missions are the key to a great scavenger hunt, and we’ve got countless awesome scavenger hunt missions, I thought it would be fun to highlight my top 20. Feel free to use them for your own scavenger hunts or modify them as you please. If you want to see more, the full list is available in our game creation interface!

  1. Rickroll in Real Life: Knock on someones door and sing never gonna give you up caroling style.
  2. Hardcore Parkour: Show off your newfangled parkour skills by jumping over an object in style.
  3. Piggy Back Please?: Have a stranger give a teammate a piggy back ride. Hang on!
  4. Please Mom?: Take a turn on a coin operated children’s ride and get a little too excited about how much fun it is.
  5. Ribbit: Recruit a few strangers to play a leisurely game of leapfrog in the park with you.
  6. Safety First: Snap a picture of a team member wearing at least 3 items of personal protective equipment. Must be worn for the next mission as well.
  7. Wheel Barrow: Find a real wheel barrow and give a teammate a lift. Act nonchalant.
  8. Need for Speed: Engage in a footrace with a stranger for at least 100m (110y). Photo mid-race.
  9. Comfy?: Photo all team members less one sleeping on a department store mattress. Get cozy.
  10. Oxymoron: Balance is key for a healthy lifestyle. Go do yoga in a fast food joint with a stranger.
  11. Energy Boost: Photo all team members simultaneously chugging an energy drink of any type.
  12. Jugglin’: Find a stranger who can juggle 3+ objects. Snap them in action and give it a go yourself.
  13. Murder Mystery: Create a human chalk outline on the sidewalk of a public place with someone lying in it.
  14. Slam Dunk: You’re an NBA superstar. Throw down a thunderous slam dunk on something other than a basketball net.
  15. Stowaway: Airfare is expensive these days. Save a bit of money and hide in a suitcase.
  16. Breakdance Masta’: Teach a stranger how to do a breakdance move that you just invented.
  17. Employed?: Photo a team member working at a service job they’re not actually employed at.
  18. Fountain Fishing: Take a picture of a teammate fishing in a public fountain. Get creative.
  19. Mista’ Twista’: Engage in a spontaneous game of Twister in an elevator. Preferably with strangers in the elevator with you.
  20. Here for the Show: Photo your team eating popcorn and enjoying a movie at a local electronics store.
  21. BONUS! Quick Trim: Get a teammate to undergo a body hair waxing session.

Yup. Some are a little crazy, but you’d be amazed at how often they actually get done. When the game is on the line, even Quick Trim doesn’t look that bad. Afterwards, not so much, but that’s all part of the fun of scavenger hunts. Letting loose and going for the win!

If you have any great scavenger hunt missions you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them! Just drop us a line at hi@goosechase.com. We might even post the best ones to our blog, so fire away.

If you liked these missions and want to create some of your own, check out Three formulas for coming up with great scavenger hunt missions

Coming up with great challenges for scavenger hunts

I find the variety of challenges you see in scavenger hunts to be highly entertaining. For university events, you’ll often see the boundaries get pushed a little bit. For other events like team building, pushing the boundaries isn’t as important as achieving company goals.

But despite the differences from hunt to hunt, there are certain formulas that a lot of the tasks follow. If you are struggling to come up with missions for your own scavenger hunt, play around with these 3 basic situations and see if you can come up with something interesting. My bet is you will.

Formula 1: Interactions with Strangers

Challenges where participants interact with strangers are one of the easiest but most effective options. You don’t want to make the interactions too crazy as these are random people, but something odd that only takes a few seconds makes a great challenge. When thinking of these quirky interactions, try mashing up activities that you would see in different locations (e.g. Yoga in a fast food restaurant with a stranger). The possibilities are truly endless, and you will often be amazed by a) how receptive random people are to help out and b) how good the participants are at approaching people during the game.

Some great examples:

  • Piggy Back: Take a picture of a stranger giving you a piggy back. You must hold on for at least 5 seconds!
  • RickRoll in Real Life: One of the weirdest internet trends to come along is the Rick Roll, where you play Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up when someone least expects it. Pull it off in real life by singing the song to some unsuspecting person karaoke style.
  • Heart-Felt Proposal: Get down on one knee and let the whole world know that you love that stranger who just walked by. Take a pic!
Formula 2: Mini-flash mobs

While this may appear to be similar to formula one above, not involving a stranger does make a big difference. The trick is to create tasks that are either a) very bold (e.g. a flash mob with your team in a public square) or b) subtle but odd enough that people will do a double-take (e.g. fishing in a public fountain). When I’m thinking up these types of missions, I first think of a busy public place for the target and then figure out odd things I’d want to see there.

Some great examples:

  • Here for the Show: Bring your own bag of popcorn into an electronics store and sit down to watch the movie!
  • Mister Twister: Who needs an actual playing board for Twister? Bust out a spontaneous game in the middle of a public place!
  • Hardcore Parkour: Think Parkour is just for an elite few? We beg to differ. Get out there and show off your best parkour skills.
Formula 3: Individual Challenges that Push You

Completing quirky challenges in public places is certainly fun, but it’s always important to mix in some more challenging tasks to take it to the next level. First, a quick disclaimer, don’t make people do something they will regret. Be smart. With that said, it’s amazing what people will do for a few points. Probably the biggest surprise we’ve had with GooseChase is the realization that people will do just about anything to win. When creating challenges, think of things you would have bet a friend to do for $20 when you were younger. It’s amazing how often these stupid ideas turn into great challenges.

Some great examples:

  • Take a Dip: Jump into a body of water fully clothed and fully submerge yourself. Nice little cool-down right?
  • Quick Trim: Shave something interesting into your’s or someone else’s chest hair. Outline your art in a marker.
  • Nasty Concoction: Combine at least 3 very different beverages together and drink your concoction. The grosser the better.

These are only three types of challenges that make great content for a scavenger hunt. There’s obviously many more. We find that most people intuitively have a couple favourites they want to include. However, at some point, you run out of ideas. When that happens, try using these formulas to mix things up. We’ve had a lot of success with them and they work for a lot of different situations.

Happy scavenger hunting!