Thrill of the Hunt is no stranger to the anticipation of a scavenger hunt and the fun of dividing everyone into teams.

A scavenger hunt event can reach three and four digits, or as few as a dozen or less participants.  No matter the size of the overall event, there’s always a way to include everyone.

What’s the next best part of any scavenger hunt, besides the game itself?  Who’s on your team!

Whether your participating in a company team building scavenger hunt, hosting your own private scavenger hunt or joining a Thrill of the Hunt scavenger hunt event, your teammate is very important and a huge part of the overall experience.

Everyone loves being on a team with friends and family, or those they feel will bring them into the winner’s circle.  Teams can be as little as two individuals or as many as desired.  We’ve discussed our thoughts on team sizes, most recently in Team Building Company Picnic Scavenger Hunt.  Our suggestion has always been a team consisting of two to six members, not to say this can’t be adjusted.

Thrill of the Hunt has conducted many scavenger hunt events, both public and private.  Naturally, for a public scavenger hunt, the individuals come prepared knowing their teammates beforehand, even when a team is not required.  Although we agree it’s always more fun with someone by your side.

How Do You Select Teams?


If you’re hosting a company team building scavenger hunt, take into consideration different personalities, departments, those new to the company or area, or those out of town.  You want to try and evenly match your teams, especially who are not familiar with the area.

Same goes with a private scavenger hunt.  If you have younger children you might want to pair them with someone older.  If you have out of town guests, pair them with someone who knows the neighborhood.

Again, this depends on the age and skill level of the participants, the type of scavenger hunt and even the location.  However, if these variables are not a concern, you, my friend, have creative freedom with building your scavenger hunt teams.


You could simply gather your group together and match them up based off of birthdays, or age, or years of marriage, or distance to the location or brands of products used such as toothpaste, perfume, dish soap and so on.  You can pick the teams who sit on the opposite sides of the spectrum or those closest, or the participants who match brands used.

Maybe pair a lefty with a right handed person, especially if your group is equally split.

Ask a YES or NO question and divide the group into two sides.  This is perfect for two groups.  If there are more, ask another YES or NO question to the one side and continuing dividing.  These can be personal questions such as “Who loves brocolli?” or “Who bites their nails?”


An oldie but a goodie.  Have everyone place their name on a slip of paper and draw the names, forming the teams of preferred sizes.

Pass out a deck of cards and match teams based off of suit or numbers.  This might take a while depending on the size of your group.  The participants without a mate might need to redraw until everyone is placed in a group.

And or course the standard line up the participants and count by the number of participants in each group.  Example if the groups consist of 3 people.  The first person shouts out the number 1, the second person 2 and the third 3, then the fourth person starts over again with the number 1 and everyone is grouped with their number.  This method can be jazzed up by having the participants count of by a fours, then dividing the groups even further.  Fractions can also work and really gets everyone thinking from the beginning.

Take a twist on the number count above with a name or a phrase.  Example, for teams of two have one individual say “French” and the next person says “Fries”.  For 3 person groups, try something inspirational like “Accept constructive criticism” or “Belief in yourself.”


Here’s a little more exciting means to create teams.  Pick a number from 1 to the total number in each group.  Have the group line up according to their chosen number.  Then select the two on the ends, who become partners, and the next follow suit till the line is paired up.  If you’re creating small teams of four, then start with two individuals on each end and continue down the line.

Of course a roll of the dice might do the trick, matching up teams based on the number they roll.

Creative pairing

Depending on the theme of the scavenger hunt, create a list of names or two word phrases, fictional or real, and add the first name or word to a piece of paper and the do the same with the last name or second word.  Example, if you’re hosting a pop trivia type of scavenger hunt, you might select names like Edward Cullen, Duck Dynasty, or Jennifer Lawrence.  Add the names to a hat or large bowl and have the participants pick a name and have them find their mate.  It’s also a lot of fun to attach the names to a lollipop, candy bar, jelly bracelet or something that goes with your theme.

The same idea above can be done with pictures.  Have a picture of a koala bear and another picture of eucalyptus trees, or make it really challenging by showing a picture of Australia.  The same can be done with fruits.  Show an apple and a picture of an apple tree.  Another example is a picture of a carrot and a picture of a bunny.

Either pass out the pictures or hang them and have the group quickly select the picture of interest or the one closest to them.  Then, have everyone find their pair.

A fun idea, maybe unaware by each participant is to have everyone face each other and clasp their hands together with fingers interwoven, in a prayer fashion.  Those with their right thumbs on top in one group and those with the opposite in another group.  This also works with arm crossing.

Join a band!  Figure out how many will need to be in a group.  Print several pictures of guitars, drums, keyboards and microphones (representing the singer).  Randomly pass out the images and let everyone create their own band containing one of each instrument.  Note, don’t let them swap pictures.

Pass out words with a matching synonym or antonym and let each person find their pair.  For larger teams, word groupings would do the trick.  Example, pass out the words raccoon, bear, dolphin, and dog.  Another set could include, crocodile, snake, chameleon and lizard.  The first set are all mammals and the second are all reptiles.  This could be done with species of fruit or plants.  Example, Macintosh, Granny Smith, Gala and Fugi.

A fun idea if your group is really technology savvy, use operating systems, types of apps, devices and so on.


Place clean socks in a basket and have everyone pick a sock, then let them find their match.  You can create larger groups by having colored socks, and creating groups based off of matched socks and by color.


Of course there’s an apps designed for that!  Download an app that randomly selects teams.

Teams are Already Made!

As mentioned above, sometimes teams need to be made because of certain circumstances and skill levels.  This doesn’t mean telling them who their partner is has to be boring.

Create a clue for one half the team to figure out, bringing them to their partner or teammates.  Use some of the ideas above.

Give everyone a different clue (the pairs or small teams share the same clue) card containing the team names or some sort of matching criteria, again listed above.  Everyone works independently until the team is united.

These are a ton of fun ways to create groups and teams.  Be creative, some of these ideas can be combined or used independently.  Remember, building teams is about interacting, stepping out of the comfort zone, being a part of a group with different ideas and starting the scavenger hunt!

Always keep your theme in mind.  It’s the details that help make the event unique and exciting.  Go Team!

Did you create your very own teams or do you have a great idea?   Share your story or ideas with us!

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.

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