One of the best things about having a scavenger hunt business is people's reactions when we tell them what we do. Some are shocked: "You get paid to do that?" Others are confused: "That's a job?" (One of the best jobs in the world!) But frankly, most seem delighted: "That sounds amazing! What a fun job you must have!" And we always nod, high-five each other and say, "Yeah, it actually is pretty great."
Because it's such an "out-there" kind of profession, we do a lot of question-answering (which is another great part of the job). Here are the top 5 questions we get about our team building scavenger hunts.
1. What kinds of challenges do you use?
We've written a good overview on our "Kinds of Challenges" page, but suffice to say that we try to be creative as possible with our challenges, and look to our clients and the world around us for inspiration. Is today "National Grass Is Greener On The Other Side of The Fence" day (an actual day)? We'll create a challenge based on that. Is there something the city is known for (our hometown is famous for its craft beer)? Is there a new art exhibit in town? A famous historical landmark? What's the latest viral video craze? We bring all these things together to make challenges that ask people to be their most creative, fun-filled selves.
But it's not just fun stuff (though we like to think all of our challenges fall somewhere on the fun spectrum). For new employee orientation, we have teams learn something about the departments where they'll be interacting the most. We've designed Pay it Forward hunts where participants solve clues to earn items for care packages. The challenges we create for your hunt all depend on what you want to accomplish with the hunt.
2. Do I have to be super-competitive?
No. While we love our competitive teams who will do almost anything to win, we find most teams just enjoy the creative nature of the activities and don't even check in to see where they stand on the points. Don't get us wrong, we love winning and those teams who go above and beyond to complete a challenge are some of our favorite people, but we also love the group who starts of awkward and skeptical, and by the end grudgingly admit they had a really good time.
3. How much does it cost?
Once people understand how the hunt works, the next question we always get is around how much it costs. The answer depends on a few factors, like how many participants you have (the more people, the lower the price per person), whether you need us to be on-site to facilitate the hunt and how custom you'd like the hunt to be. Prices generally start around $22.50/person (for a standard, non-facilitated hunt), but we can reduce the price if you've got more people (and increase it if you want a bunch of bells and whistles to add on to the hunt, like designing an "Amazing Race" style hunt.)
4. Can this REALLY help my team bond?
Absolutely! Research shows that surprise improves happiness, physical movement improves mood and moments of authenticity among team members builds stronger, more effective teams. Our hunts and their challenges are all designed around bring people together in new and creative ways. Of course, a lot depends on the type of culture you have when you get back to the office, but our hunts create an excellent place to start when it comes to have teams that truly enjoy working together.
5. Can our pregnant/elderly/recovering from surgery employee play?
Yes! Plenty of challenges can be completed by just being creative. In fact, our teams that have one or more people who are physically not as strong as the others sometimes have an edge, because they're forced to problem solve and be innovative by sheer will power. Those are some of our favorite teams!
Got more questions? We got more answers! We're happy to set up a free, no obligation demo if you're interested in learning more.
Co-founder Jill Hinton Wolfe is a communicator, entrepreneur and Army veteran who is passionate about designing surprising and unique experiences for her clients.