Summer is in full swing. This is the season for company outings and picnics. Depending on your organization, your sales team might be heavily involved with training, trade shows or conferences. This is also the time of year when employees get restless and long to be outside soaking up the sun, as opposed to sitting at their desks struggling to stay on task.
All these challenges can be solved with two words, scavenger hunt! Thrill of the Hunt always has a solution for your corporate conundrum.
How do you jazz up the same old company outing or corporate picnic?
A scavenger hunt is a great way to get your guests interacting instead of sitting around and counting the minutes till departure. It’s a great ice breaker for those who have never met or only have interacted through phone and email communication.
Number of Participants
No matter the size of your event, whether it’s a cozy 20 person activity, or an overwhelming 200 person bash, a scavenger hunt is an ideal company picnic pastime, and the perfect team building activity.
There are many ways to tackle a scavenger hunt. Create teams to promote interaction between departments, offices or regions. If this is a family friendly picnic, allow families to compete against each other, which not only promotes quality family time, but it also allows the adults to assist the children.
Teams can consist of two people, or small groups. Thrill of the Hunt suggests maxing out the small groups at eight to ten participants. Why? Simply because the goal of the scavenger hunt is to get your group working as a team, allowing everyone to participate and have a voice. If there are too many individuals in a group, the quiet, shy and timid employees usually are overpowered by more outgoing boisterous individuals. Consequently, if there’s a large team of leaders, sometimes inaction or agreement is a real possibility. This isn’t always the case, but our experience has shown the sweet spot is between two and six team members. You’ll want an eclectic mix of personalities.
If your group is less than 20 people, or even in the single digits, no worries. Try a different approach with your scavenger hunt. Instead of competing against each other, have a single team working together to accomplish the goals of finishing the scavenger hunt. Sure we all love good healthy competition, but instead of between individuals, allow different variables to be your competitor, such as beat the clock, find the answers without internet assistance, or without outside help.
Venue / Location
No matter if the event is held in a park or a specific venue, inside or out, a scavenger hunt can be adapted at just about any location. Yes even a cabin in the hills, or scuba diving a coral reef. If you have willing participants, a scavenger hunt can be developed.
If your company is having a picnic in a public park with other activities such as a bounce house for kids, a giant chess set, or sack races, use those activities as part of the scavenger hunt. Create the challenges to include a portion of these activities or all of them. After all, the scavenger hunt doesn’t have to be the highlight of the day, or maybe it does?
Clues / Challenges
The clues and questions could include company history, values, mission statement, all of the above or none of the above. It might be fun to have a mix of pop trivia or even fun facts on your town or state. Sure, sprinkle in a bit of company information for a true corporate event.
If you really want to make the scavenger hunt custom, add fun facts on each employee. Remember to be aware and sensitive of personal information. In this case, you might want to ask all the employees to submit a question or two about themselves. Then, either select a few employee questions or use them all. Doesn’t this give an unfair advantage? Yes and no. If a few questions or chosen, turn that into the first challenge to award those individuals with a small prize. Give the other participants the opportunity to find the person behind the question and retrieve the answer. If you use all the questions, then everyone’s on the same playing field with the knowledge of at least one question.
Thrill of the Hunt suggestions incorporating technology or at the very least social media as part of the scavenger hunt. Not only will this result in exponential fun, but it’ll increase the company’s online presence and reputation.
Offering any activity that’s unique and fun is a motivational enhancer and a morale builder. If a custom scavenger hunt isn’t the highlight of your company picnic, then offer a scavenger hunt as an activity among others. Engage your employees in a positive way that they’ll remember and talk about for years to come.
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