Archive for June, 2009

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

Thank you for your email, our party was on Saturday, the 22nd. As it turned out, I did not bury the treasure, I modified the party plans provided in your game and the party was a great success.

Thank you for your help.

Sherry Staub, Indiana, USA

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Monday, June 29th, 2009

Hi,

The party is this Sat. for a group of 17-18 year old teenagers. My son just turned 18 today. We are hoping to do the video scavenger hunt if the weather cooperates. I’ll let you know how it went.

Juliane Lewis, california, USA

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Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Yes. we are well on our way. I absolutely LOVE what you have put together.

With a couple of minor tweaks, we are set for our big Youth Group Bonfire and Night Treasure Hunt. We are hosting it on a farm outside with the stations and some added riddles to spice up the hunt and excitement. The date is October 28th and the kids are really getting excited.

Thank you again for such a great product and for checking in on me, I really appreciate it.

Sincerely, Bridget Taft

Youth Director, Abiding Word Church

Bridget Taft, Illinois, USA

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Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Nikki,

The treasure hunt was a great success…. I adapted your plans. I had about 12 8 year old boys and girls…. I put them into teams of 3. Each team had a color,… so the clues led to colored poker chips (with the teams corresponding color) which they then found and turned in to get their next clue (each team had an official "clue giver" who held all that team’s clues in numeric order)……

For little people this made management of clues and adult supervision much easier. After every two successful clues…the team had a physical challenge ( for example, diving into our pool….swimming through some hoops and picking up gold coins)….The "clue givers" were official judges of the challenges and distributed next clues. The last physical challenge involved a relay race with balloons….the last clue was a puzzle piece (as you suggested) inside the balloon.

When the kids popped their team balloon they realized they needed to come together with the rest of the teams to construct the last clue. They loved the race, the competition, but in the end they were all together as they went -shovels in hand - for the treasure. The treasure was buried in a plastic box in the woods…..amongst all the shiny stuff (beads and gold coins) was a pinata of a treasure chest. The pinata was hung from a tree… and every one had a chance to take a shot at busting it open. Parents loved it…..kids loved it more… they were focused, challenged, excited, and busy…..it took a total of about 55 minutes. Could have gone on longer…but we were a bit generous with the help.. and the kids were a lot smarter and resourceful than I expected.

Good luck with your web site. It was really helpful.

Jamie Jensen, New York, USA

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Friday, June 26th, 2009

Thank You for your quick response. I will definatley recommend to anyone I now planning a party interested in scavenger hunts.

Jodi Hoines, North Carolina, USA

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Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Thanks for asking, our hunt was a little non traditional, but went well. It was a mixture of geo caching, orienteering, and scavenger.

We hid zip l6 locks that contained 13 items, scattered over our 15 acres. Nothing was buried or covered over. All the zip locks were identical. We had a map with X marks the spots where bags were hidden, and the list of the 13 items you needed to find and cross off.

There were 12 kids, all second graders. Each kid had to end up with the 13 different items in his bag, and he had 16 bags to make his cache. i.e.: You could only take one item from each zip lock you found. If you needed the whistle to cross off your list, and you went to three bags and no whistles, you needed to keep searching for a zip lock that contained one. That’s where the strategy came in. We were afraid just finding them would be too easy. We also thought that having all whistles in one bag; all pencils, etc, would also be too easy. This kept the kids busy for 1 1/2 hours. Each kid had an adult tagging along, so I didn’t need search and rescue! The kids loved it and I even had one little girl say, she LOVED having to find her goodie bag!

I had award gold medals to place around the necks as each kid finished. They then took a hayride to our campfire area where we ate, had cake, and opened presents. As we live in the Rockies in Colorado, the weather held out beautifully. It could have been a snow scavenger hunt and plan B.

Thanks for all the ideas,

Karen Lasher, Colorado, USA

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

We had a very fun party on Saturday night and we were so happy to use our Treasure Hunt with the Pirate Theme. It was a lot of fun! We had about 40 people and the costumes were great and the entertainment was a lot of fun.

Thanks,

Deb Haupt, Minnesota, USA

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Hi Nikki:

Thanks for your e-mail. My ‘concept’ is to search the world for the treasure chest. Each room in the house will be a different country (with appropriate props and decorations) - China, France, Italy, United States, Africa, Egypt etc. I only have 5 children (girls- sleep over) -no helpers-I thought I would have the girls go from country to country with each girl having a clue that leads them to another piece of the map, then they put their pieces together, complete the map then follow the map to the treasure. Don’t know if I can bury it (altho I would love to). I may have the treasure chest in the exercise room (separate little cottage from the house) because they will have to leave the main house to get there - no risk of discovery prior to the completion of the map. That ‘place’ would be another exotic place - a tropical island. It may make more sense to have all the girls with the same clue running to the next country to find one piece of the map - perhaps each ha ving a different piece in each room is a bit much….

I need to find something to serve as the treasure chest (I’ve been looking). I am having small duffle bags/tote bags made with each girls name on it. They will be given the bags when they arrive. As they start the hunt they’ll carry the bags from place to place-with each discovery of a map piece (and completion of a challenge (forgot to mention the challenge at each place) they will earn a prize - little wrapped gifts that will go into their duffle bags along the way. Then the ‘treasure chest’ at the end will be filled with goodies for all to go into their individual bags. These and other prizes will make up their goodie bag take aways…I’ll hit it hard this coming weekend (the party is next weekend on the 4th).

Any advice will be most appreciated - I love your book and service - terrific and innovative.

Thanks,

Roni Agress, USA

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Hi Nikki,

The treasure hunt party went great. We had about 19 kids and two 4th grade teachers participate. I could tell they really loved the idea and had a lot of fun.

thanks for your help!

Tracy Nekula, Ohio USA

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Nikki, just wanted to let you know that my treasure hunt was GREAT!!! I had four groups of two with six stations using the Winter theme. I was not expecting it to go by so quickly. I have never seen women wanting to get to the prize so fast! It truly was hilarious! I adapted some changes to the theme pack but it worked out great. Thanks for all your hard work!

Tina Franklin, North Carolina USA

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Nikki,

The treasure hunt was a great success…. I adapted your plans. I had about 12 8 year old boys and girls…. I put them into teams of 3. Each team had a color,… so the clues led to colored poker chips (with the teams corresponding color) which they then found and turned in to get their next clue (each team had an official "clue giver" who held all that team’s clues in numeric order)……

For little people this made management of clues and adult supervision much easier. After every two successful clues…the team had a physical challenge ( for example, diving into our pool….swimming through some hoops and picking up gold coins)….The "clue givers" were official judges of the challenges and distributed next clues. The last physical challenge involved a relay race with balloons….the last clue was a puzzle piece (as you suggested) inside the balloon.

When the kids popped their team balloon they realized they needed to come together with the rest of the teams to construct the last clue. They loved the race, the competition, but in the end they were all together as they went -shovels in hand - for the treasure. The treasure was buried in a plastic box in the woods…..amongst all the shiny stuff (beads and gold coins) was a pinata of a treasure chest. The pinata was hung from a tree… and every one had a chance to take a shot at busting it open. Parents loved it…..kids loved it more… they were focused, challenged, excited, and busy…..it took a total of about 55 minutes. Could have gone on longer…but we were a bit generous with the help.. and the kids were a lot smarter and resourceful than I expected.

Good luck with your web site. It was really helpful.

Jamie Jensen, New York, USA

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Ms. Wilson,

I want to thank your for sending us the ebook on scavenger hunts. We are excited about having the first digital photo scavenger hunt in Brevard. This is geared toward families having fun time together and learning about their county.

I’ll be happy to put a link to your website on our web pages and give you property acknowledgment.

Again, thank you so much

Sherry Meaders, Brevard, Florida

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Friday, June 19th, 2009

Hi Nikki

My Scavenger Hunt is not until June 23 But the stuff that you sent me has been such a great help so far in organizing the event. Everyone here can not wait to participate. I have a waiting list started . I am sure that this will not be the last hunt that I organize. I just wish that I could

take part.

Maybe I will be a fifth wheel in one of the teams just to see how everything went. Will let you know the results after June 23 Thank you for your interest and I shall recommend you to anyone whom asks.

Kelly LaPorte, Ontario Canada

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

I have been able to get the scavenger hunt downloaded successfully and just briefly looked at, looks good.

My task is to organize a lock-in for youth ( appro. 100 grades7-12) at my church, my theme is mission impossible eluding to the fact that without Christ it is impossible to get into Heaven. I was planning to use some of your ideas to make a week long mission to be accomplished before they could get into the lock-in. This is probably going to be a very elaborate event (I hope I can pull it off) in early April.

Thanks

Jim Abbott, Montana USA

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Hi Nikki

I just wanted to give you an update on my Scavenger Hunt. It was a great sucess. Thanks for all of your help. We had one team come dressed as the scoobie doo gang and they even painted the van to look like the mystery machine. I have attached a few photos for you to see.

Everyone said that I had to do it again next year. Thanks again it was a blast

Kelly LaPorte, Ontario, Canada

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

Our treasure hunt on the 4th of July was a lot of fun. We had 35 kids(and adults) running all over the yard in the rain.!! After they solved their riddles the hunt then took them into the woods with compasses and shovels and they had to find the "buried" treasure. It certainly was a memorable day–thanks for the help in getting me organized.

Sharon Kloter, Connecticut, USA

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Monday, June 15th, 2009

Hi Nikki

Yes indeed , we have just completed the treasure hunt on Saturday. I have modify the game to suit the venue and the crowd as we had 15 teams participating in the hunt. Contestants had a fun time . I will be fine tuning the game mechanics to cater for a team building crowd for January

2007.

Will update you later

Vivien Hoe, Singapore

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Sunday, June 14th, 2009

The treasure hunt was a great success. Thanks

Patricia Hannahoe, New York, USA

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Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Hello Nikki,

We are planning a party in Brussels, Belgium, which is where we are based although we are British and all the children are English speaking.

It is for my daughter’s 7th birthday party on 3rd July and we are expecting 14 (maybe 15) children between the ages of 6 1/2 and 7 1/2.

I have read through the book a couple of times and I think it looks good. Some of the games look at bit tricky for them, perhaps the message written backwards is too hard, but I guess we could substitute it for another.

The only real concern I have is that the children’s reading skills may not be up to it (they start reading late here - they’ve only been at it since September), so I thought I could incorporate lots of symbols to help them.

Also, does it matter if the teams are not of equal sizes? I was thinking of 2 teams of 4 members and 2 of 3 members. Will it still work?

I’d be grateful to hear any comments you have.

Best regards,

Philippa Stewart, Belgium

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Friday, June 12th, 2009

Hi Nikki,

I had my treasure hunt as an End of Year party for my son’s kindergarten class a few weeks ago. The kids had a blast! Since the kids are only starting to read and we had an hour for the hunt, I kept the games simple and made the puzzle clue from words they could read by themselves. My map was a hit and had all of the boys fighting over who got to keep it. (Their teacher made copies for everyone to color themselves and take home) All in all it was a great time.

Thanks!

Bernadette Leiby, New Jersey, USA

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Hi Nikki

- Yes, I used your treasure hunt ideas for my friend’s retirement pirate party. We live on the Chesapeake Bay and had the party at a beach club on the water. It was absolutely the best fun ever and the highlight of the party. People haven’t stopped talking about it for weeks now. I designed the challenges to be like the ones on "Survivor," one of our favorite TV shows.

There was a "Walk the Plank" challenge, (a board on sawhorses over a kid’s swimming pool); a "Shooting Gallery" challenge, (shooting cans with a slingshot); a "Toss the Anchor" challenge, ( who can throw it the farthest); a "Peg Leg Pickup" challenge, (2 people blindfolded with legs tied together have to be directed by the 3rd team member to pick up scattered items), a "Pirate Word Scramble" challenge, (unscramble pirate terminology); and a "Pirate Memory" challenge, (30 seconds to study 25 items, then remember as many as you can). I made the clues for the map location rather cryptic–some of the players were teachers and scientists.

They all ended up in a little secluded patch of pine trees on the beach where the treasure was buried (in an actual chest). Three teams actually reached the right spot around the same time –I wish we had thought to have a video camera to document it all! The treasure chest was filled with fake gold coins, a gold plate, silver candlesticks and tons of mardi gras necklaces.

I spent A LOT of time (all enjoyable) designing the hunt based on your ideas and it couldn’t have been more successful and memorable. People have already asked me to do another one for next year–sounds like our pirate party will become an annual event! Again, thanks for your great ideas.

Jan Werner, Maryland, USA

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Hi Nikki!

Thank you so much for your help in getting me the Instant Treasure Hunt. It’s perfect for us! I plan to try it out on some neighborhood friends next weekend.

Thanks again! I appreciate your help. We are looking forward to many fun and exciting treasure hunts around here - for birthday parties and those days that we need a fun activity!

Warm Regards,

Lynne Hamilton, Pennsylvania, USA

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Hi Nikki. Thanks for responding. The kids really enjoyed the treasure hunt and asked me to make up another one for them (which I did using the software, thank you!) It was a sleepover party, so we did one in the evening and one the next morning. They’re still talking about it.

Thanks again,

Michelle Papka PhD, New Jersey, USA

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Monday, June 8th, 2009

THANK YOU so much! This is so great, exactly what I needed. My son’s 11th scavenger hunt party should be a blast.

Thanks for sending the one I had intended, I will tell others about the site.

MariBeth Smith, Arizona USA

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Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Hi Nikki! Our party is this Friday. My Daughter is 11 and celebrating with 15 of her 5th grade friends. I planning on incorporating things to hunt for that represent spring, the year of 1996 (the year she was born) and March. I am not very far on my list yet!!

I am very nervous because I don’t have a full plan as of yet. Your planner was helpful but still I need to be more creative. Perhaps I am over thinking things too!!

We are planning to split the kids into groups and giving them colored t-shirts saying ‘We found a great time… or Searching for Great Time.. And we still have to figure out prizes etc.

I purchased ‘Riddle me’ but didn’t like it nearly as much as I like yours so thank you!!

I also appreciate you helping me figure out what to purchase :)

I will keep you posted,

Lori

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Hi Lori

Just look through all of the many scavenger lists and choose about 15/20 items that appeal to you and work with your theme. For spring - there are several nature hunts so you can choose items from them. Obviously some coins for the year she was born - is there anything else around the neighborhood that is 11 years old?

You could also use the numbers 1996 - e.g. one clothes peg, 9 paper clips, 9 daisies and 6 balloons (or whatever item you choose).

Some fun tasks recorded by camera always go down well. Look at the task based hunts for some ideas.

As for prizes - give each team $11 to purchase an item - you state the theme - fun / pink / biggest / smallest / cutest etc. Winners get their pick of the purchased items. :)

I hope this helps

Best Wishes

Nikki

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I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help. You work like I do and I love that about you. I am going to share your website with everyone!

Lori

Lori Logan, California USA

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