A treasure hunt is an exciting orienteering adventure that a group can experience in the outdoors . An irresistable combination of mystery, agility, and map-reading skills, a treasure hunt is particularly suitable for large groups that can be split into several teams that compete with each other to find their reward.
Treasure hunts can be conducted for groups with a minimum of 15 participants. This is a superb way to charge a group of employees, students or friends through competition and excitement. Treasure Hunts can form a part of a training programme, or can be complete events in themselves. It is a superb way of discovering the terrain the programme is planned in, noticing minute, interesting details, and bonding participants into close teams with a highly appealing shared objective.
The Treasure Hunt can be scaled to fit requirements, with different kinds of Hunts possible, with all teams following the same clues to compete for, or have independent treasure hunt routes, durations ranging from a couple of hours to days and areas as small as a campus or as large as entire districts too cover with a variety of modes of travel or through the wilderness. It is the purpose that guides the scale.
Treasure hunts are also extensively used in management development programmes or company events to motivate teams to work efficiently and with enthusiasm . The fun-filled structure that depends on constant discoveries and small achievements leading to the big win is perfect in rewarding good teamworking with each stage leading to a memorable revision of learnings on teamworking in a programme.
Treasure hunts can also be conducted for other groups like families, friends, students, couples groups, and we are even planning some specially designed treasure hunts for programmes for dogs and owners/trainers. Treasure hunts for children are specially designed for high activity and low attention spans, because treasure hunts for kids are not so much about the skill as they are about the magic.
The treasure hunt objective can be complex, but invariably boils down to a highly enjoyable, high pressure and coordinated functioning. The idea is to follow a series of treasure hunt clues along a trail to find a treasure. Clues are of all sorts. Some are based on orienteering and the participants may be provided with treasure hunt maps , orienteering compasses or distance and direction bearings from particular treasure clues or treasure locations. They can even be riddles or stuff they have to find out on location that holds a key. The programme for dogs can require the dogs to scent a route or in the caseof highly trained dogs, even fetch something from a place inaccessible to humans.
We train participants in basic orienteering skills and make sure we use the names of any specific locations from the clues in our conversations with the group and set them free to have an adventuresome, competitive and fun-filled treasure hunt . Hunt for clues and discover a trail that leads to the treasure. It can be a quick 20 minutes or a gruelling 2 days on foot, bicycles and jeeps. Take your pick and good luck!