Video Scavenger Hunt


Working in smaller teams, each team must record all the items listed on the scavenger hunt list within a set time period. The team are given a video camera and just ten minutes of video time to complete the challenge. Great for a fun team development day. I have used this challenge for a team away day in London – which everyone enjoyed and was a great success.

Equipment Required: One digital camera per team (with video recording function), SD cards, batteries, Scavenger hunt lists (see example list that follows), Laptop and Projector for review playback.
Space Required: Depending on age and size of groups.
Group Size: 4-8 in each group

Total Time: 2-3 hours (depending on the purpose of the challenge)

  • 20 minutes to brief and set up
  • 60-120 minutes to achieve outcome
  • 30 minutes to playback and review

Video Scavenger Hunt Team Challenge Instructions

  1. Prior to the activity, create a challenge list of things for the teams to complete, and assign a point value for each task (see sample ideas below).
  2. Divide the group into teams of four to eight and give each team a camera, list, and a time to return.
    • Corporate Groups: You may have cars and drivers for each team or/
    • Younger Groups: You may come up with a list of things that can be done in the surrounding area.
  3. Each team are only allocated just five minutes to record their video and must try to get as many different things in this five minutes as possible. (or each team only gets to film five thirty-second scenes and tries to fit as many things as possible in each scene).
  4. After the time limit the group must return (deduct points for each minute they are late) and hand over the camera. Allow time to watch each groups video montage, and tally points as you watch the videos.

Example Scavenger Hunt List

  • A man with a beard shaking hands with someone on your team – 50 points
  • The whole team singing a song at a bus stop – 100 points
  • Someone on your team getting a drink out of a drinking fountain while someone else is riding piggyback on his/her back – 30 points
  • Someone washing the window of a car of someone they don’t know (ask first!) – 50 points
  • Someone on your team kicking a Football against a wall that the whole team is standing against – 100 points
  • Photo taken with a famous person – 300 points
  • Someone shaking hands with a policeman – 200 points
  • The whole team in a boat – 150 points
  • The whole team singing a song while in a restaurant – 100 points (50 extra points for each person not on your team that is singing the song as well)
  • Someone on your team walking the dog of someone they don’t know – 200 points

Suggested Learning Outcomes

  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Strategy
  • Cooperation

Suggested questions to ask in the review:

  • Did someone in your group emerge as a leader? Was this helpful?
  • Did your group waste a lot of time trying to decide what to do next?
  • How did the team decide where to go and what to do?
  • Did you split the team at any point?


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