Whether the goal is to entertain teenagers at a sweet sixteen birthday party, keep a group of Girl Scouts in check at camp, or plan a fun filled evening at the local youth group lock-in, the right set of scavenger hunt lists for teenagers is essential. Scavenger hunt lists for teenagers can be found for free on the internet, but it seems as though every person has the same idea. Teenagers in this generation are used to constant entertainment at their fingertips, and may find the concept of an evening of hunting and gathering 1980’s style boring, until they hear about the killer challenge that you have planned, and the back end incentives to participate, otherwise known as prizes.
Video games and reality TV seem to speak the language of the current generation better than anyone, so planning a theme party around these themes seems like a great idea, right? Before launching a boat into those waters realize that this generation is all about individuality. An adult searching out scavenger hunt lists for teenagers should keep in mind that not everyone will like the same video game, or reality TV show, and within some cliques it is cooler not to like anything that other hip young teens like. So how does the person looking to plan a rocking scavenger hunt succeed when dealing with a generation whose eyes glaze over every time someone over thirty opens their mouth? Accomplishing this task is simpler than it ultimately seems. Use a list of things that the teenagers can make fun of from past generations. Discussing how the past generations are lame is sure to bring a group of extremely different individuals together, regardless of their current cliques.
First things first, single out the leader of the pack, the most popular person in the group, and vie for their participation. Ask them for ideas on what other teenagers consider outdated. Add to the list by talking to friends from different generations about what was hip to the jive in the good ‘ole days. Generate as many sets of scavenger hunt lists for teenagers as you can possibly muster, and then have the most popular teen, or group of teens vote on the best list. If none of the popular teens want to participate in the scavenger list creation and selection process, consider buying several sets of scavenger hunt lists for teenagers and combining them. Lists to purchase might include something from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Avoid the 1990’s as this group may be the group that the teenagers most aspire to be like and encompasses those currently in their twenties.
After the set of scavenger hunt list ideas for teenagers has been pared down to five to fifteen items to collect, find out what types of incentives to offer. Stay within the safety zone of movie passes, local restaurant gift cards, and cash. Avoid offering gift certificates from specific stores unless it is a place that is a local store, animal friendly, earth and environmentally friendly, fair-trade compliant, and has never had a human rights abuse to its name. Chances are that at least 10% of the participating group will have some objection to some type of prize if it is tied to a national corporation so stay within the local area. This generation votes with their money, and for them maintaining a good social reputation means buying from neighborhood stores, not big name chains. Consider offering gift certificates for experiences, such as adult guided white water rafting, but make sure that it is something that most parents will approve. Offer several ways to win, and lay out the rules so that they are easily understandable. Read the rest of this entry »