In honor of Flag Day, June 14th, Thrill of the Hunt is preparing for the Fourth of July celebrations.

Did you know the design of the first official United States flag was approved by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777?  Harry S. Truman signed the Act of Congress to officially declare June 14th as Flag Day in the United States.

Among all the picnics and barbecues, fireworks and hot dog eating contests, try a little adventure mixed among the festivities with a custom scavenger hunt.  Either join a public scavenger hunt or create your own.

Scavenger hunts are great for children, to help educate them on our country’s history, which might be a nice refresher for the adults too, or a family scavenger hunt for everyone to participate and spend time together.

Picnic

If you’re having people over, create a scavenger hunt prior to eating and sitting around.  Get your guests up moving about a specific area, stretching their legs and having them interact with one another.  This is a great way for your friends and family to get to know each other and pass the time.

You don’t have to have a large area for a scavenger hunt.  Be creative.  Use the backyard, the front yard, inside the house or neighborhood.  If you really wanted to get creative, use your guests to hold clues for the other participants.

Community

If you’re one of the many communities who celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, supply another fun activity.  Most communities and cities hold races, designate an area for food and craft booths, and sometimes bring in musical talent.  Why not host a community scavenger hunt?  Show off your area’s history, monuments, and trivia with a scavenger hunt.

This is also a good way to drive the participants to your social media portals and to engage the community online for exponential fun and online recognition.

Either charge a minimal fee to participate or offer the scavenger hunt as a free event.  Don’t forget, this activity could be used as a fundraiser.  Raise money for a specific cause or to enhance the community for everyone’s benefit.

Ideas

  • A new park
  • Public restrooms
  • Landscaping
  • New sidewalks
  • A community fountain
  • A bike or walking trail
  • New fountains
  • Additional parking
  • A splash pad area
  • New books for the library
  • List goes no….

Bring the local businesses together and offer sponsorship opportunities.  Use these companies on the actual scavenger hunt for guaranteed foot traffic and to introduce a business, its services and products to public.

Company / Business

Many companies have outings and company picnics.  Get everyone together and interacting with a scavenger hunt.  This doesn’t’ have to be brand or company focused.  Sure, the clues could contain a few trivia questions based on the company or the brand, but it could also contain history, city trivia, or simply pop culture trivia.  Scavenger hunts are great for families too!

Examples

A scavenger hunt doesn’t need to be a lengthy activity, and it doesn’t need to be difficult, just fun.  Thrill of the Hunt recommends challenging questions and locations, but don’t make it impossible.  Consider the skill level, the interests and the enthusiasm of the participants.  It’s okay to push their limits a little but don’t over do it.

People love to learn, especially trivia unbeknownst to them.  Create questions based off of our Nation’s symbols, history, highlights and so on.  Here are some trivia questions focused on our Nation’s Flag.

  • The 50-star flag’s design began as a history project for Robert G. Heft, a 17-year-old high school student in Lancaster, Ohio, in 1958

  • Pennsylvania is the only state to observe Flag Day as a legal state holiday

  • A truly authentic American flag needs to have White, Old Glory Red and Old Glory Blue

  • The colors symbolize:  White (purity & innocence) – Blue (vigilance, perseverance & justice) – Red (hardiness & valor)

  • Old Glory is our flag’s nickname (The original Old Glory was a flag owned by Captain William Driver who flew the flag during his career at sea.)
  • Neil Armstrong placed the first American flag on the moon in July 1969 – it is now bleached white
  • In 1892, James B. Upham and Francis Bellamy wrote The Pledge of Allegiance

  • The 50th star represents Hawaii
  • Betsy Ross, Philadelphia-born upholsterer, is given credit for sewing & designing the first American flag, but there’s no evidence she did & no one really knows who did

Make the scavenger hunt your own.  Use social media, take pictures and videos, add in family trivia or history about your area, and create good deed challenges.

Have fun with your Fourth of July scavenger hunt!  Remember, be respectful to the flag and to those who have served and are serving our country.

Happy Flag Day and Happy Fourth of July early!


Did you create your very own themed scavenger hunt, or did you participate in a Fourth of July themed scavenger hunt?  Share your story with us!  Game@thrillofhunt.com.

If you’d like to learn more about our suggested themes and ideas, let us know.  We’d be happy to discuss and provide you with a free quote.

Thrill of the Hunt exclusively develops and administers to themed scavenger hunts for public and private events such as team building activities, company outings, fundraisers and private parties.

Remember, Everyone needs to … Experience the Game!

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