Archive for August, 2008

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Hi Nikki,

I received the treasure hunt download and I’ve read it about 4 times now. I’m really excited to plan my daughter’s party. I think it will be lots of fun. I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found your website. Your planner is so well thought out and helpful….I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to put together a fun party.

The party is for my daughter’s 6th birthday which is at the end of April. I think I’m going to do a Hawaiian theme and have each station named a different island. I’ve started to think about challenges to do that can relate to the theme. Good thing I’ve started early. :)

I’m sure I’ll be referencing your site often. I may email you to ask some questions if I get stuck. Thanks so much, I can’t wait to plan the treasure hunt. :)

Melissa West, Utah USA

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Hi Nikki,

I am currently planning a Staff (family) barbecue for this weekend. It is being held at a park site with a lake in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. The age of the guests range from 3 to 65.

Thanks for the help,

Jane Jones, Ontario Canada

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Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Hi Nikki,

The instant treasure hunt party for our son turning 9 was a huge hit! Once the boys got warmed up they were running in and out of the house for clues. In order to have everyone feel included we rotated who read the clues. I also emphasized this was a ‘team’ approach. It worked out really well and it was fun to see which riddles stumped them and which ones they figured out with ease.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was money very well spent!

Amy Anderson, Washington USA

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

I read through the Treasure Hunt Party Game thoroughly and made the necessary copies, bought any needed materials, and the party soon got underway.

I made up a great map using your ideas and buried a treasure in the yard. The kids LOVED the hunt and we made the treasure map quite detailed and fun for them.

Thanks for your help

Faye Farley, Ohio USA

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Monday, August 18th, 2008

Hi Nikki -

A word of thanks — I used your book to plan a scavenger hunt for my company’s annual meeting. The meeting had approximately 30 people was held in downtown Reno, NV.

The meeting’s participants couldn’t stop raving about how much fun they had on the scavenger hunt and getting to know their teammates along the way. We combined a hunt for actual items (such as a spoon and something gold), a hunt for information (the name of the Civic Leader of the Year, the name of the director a play at a local theater) with a photo hunt (pictures of all team members with their toes in the Truckee River, a picture with a certain employee at a casino, a picture with an art object on the sidewalk). For bonus points, we challenged each team to buy and bring back the most exciting item they could with $5. We then had all the meeting participants vote on the most exciting item brought back by the other groups (they couldn’t vote for their own team’s item) and awarded bonus points for the winning item. A great time was had by all during the Hunt as well as presenting their exciting item to the other groups.

Your book was very helpful in knowing the types of clues to include, items to search for, ground rules and scoring. We wouldn’t have had such a successful event without the help your book provided.

Thanks again

Suzanne Foley, Nevada USA

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Monday, August 18th, 2008

Dear Nikki,

I will be running a week long cub scout day camp this summer for about 100 boys ages 7-11, in Toms River, New Jersey. With the camp theme being ‘Pirates’, I thought your treasure hunt game would make a fun addition to my program. I’m only in the initial planning stages, but I think I am going to incorporate it into the sports program, and have the children accomplish feats of skill at different stations each day in order to receive one of 5 map pieces. On Friday when they receive the final piece of the map they will be able to hunt for their prize. You have some great tasks in your program, most of which I expect to use, adding in some scout skills like specific knots, or fire building, maybe even first aid skills. As I said, I’m just starting but what I’ve read so far I like!
Take care,

Lisa Lockwood, New Jersey USA

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2008


Thank you for your correspondence. I’m actually doing it for a camp. It’s a performing arts camp and the theme for the camp is journeys/adventures, so I thought it would be fun to do an adventure treasure hunt to get the group experiencing an adventure.

I have four groups, and I’m going to have them go to five different locations and at the last location, is where the clue will be so it will be in that last location where’re they’ve done a problem solving/puzzle activity together. You see, we are going to take it a bit further, where they actually have to get their passports/journals stamped by the person at each of these stations. We actually have made them different lands….water land, underground, insect land, rain forest. And they have to get a stamp from the ambassador of that land after they have completed their tasks.


Rebecca Fisher, California USA

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Friday, August 8th, 2008

I had no problems downloading ‘the treasure!’ And I’d be glad to share my plans, as well as a final review, after the event. I’m currently printing out the rest of the document (of course, I ran out of paper this week, so it is a staged process!) and starting to plan my hunt, using your ideas and theme to construct this year’s treasure hunt event.

Here’s the story — a tale of two families. Rachel and I were neighbors while our children were young (we each had 4 kids). Although our families are mostly grown up now, we are still best of friends, as are our children that were essentially raised together. Once a year, we ALL go on a 4 day tent camping trip together. This has become a gathering of 30 people.

Adults, young adults, teenagers, elementary children, and now a couple of toddlers! Every few years when my kids were young, I’d do neighborhood treasure hunts or scavenger hunts for their birthday parties. Then, for the kids on our annual camping trip I’d do some sort of hunt.

Last year, no hunt. I ran out of ideas. It turned out, the kids were disappointed. So I started searching the web and libraries early this year for ideas to beg, borrow, steal, or buy! And I found you!

* This year, Fr. Hennepin State Park, Isle, MN.
* Every year, we assign a new committee of 2 to decide
* where next years camping trip will be.
* We are Minnesotans, so it is always in MN, WI.

* July 20 - 24. The actual hunt will depend on the weather
* and scouting out the campground locations that I can use.

2 - 62 age range. But, while I debated on whether it would be better to set up separate hunts for elementary, teen, adults — or maybe build the teams with members of each age group; whatever I do, I need to take the teen’s
competitiveness into account. THEY WANT TO WIN!

* This year, I’m going to go with your Pirate theme.
* I appreciate very much that you offered to help with questions.
* But, your ideas that you published will keep me going
* for awhile yet.
* However, if I get a brainstorm wonderful idea,
* I’ll let you know.

* Thanks, again!

Eileen Blackwood, Minnesota USA

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

We had our picnic with our treasure hunt on Saturday. We had it at a public lake so we had the obstacle of other people. It just made it more interesting.

I was very amazed on how smooth the game went once it was all set up. I had seven teams with ages varying between 4 and 45 and 4 helpers. The hunt was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I used the games in your game set with a few alterations. Below is a picture of the Egyptian mummy game. This was so funny to watch the teams. Everyone had a great time especially the team who won the treasure box with 500 loonies in it!!!!

Thanks for the great game,

Jane Jones, Ontario Canada

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

We had fun, but these boys and girls went through the treasure hunt clues like a hot knife through butter and soon I had to organize them into a relay race. Luckily it was a gorgeous warm Halloween. I should have bought the next age group up. Like the backgrounds though.

Mary Keating, Maryland USA

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Thank you,

Everything went well. I think the item they had the most fun with was finding something with the letter M. My son’s name starts with the letter M. They had about 50 questions about what they could use. Of the 25 items on their list, they were unable to get only two items a postage stamp and a 4 leaf clover. What surprised me the most was the number of parents and kids who had no idea what a Scavenger Hunt was.

Thank you again for your help.

Mindy Richard, California USA

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