How to Plan your Office Scavenger Hunt

man and woman completing scavenger hunt near a sculpture

We all know that it’s important to maintain a healthy work-life balance. What better way to achieve this balance than planning a scavenger hunt for your office? Scavenger hunts with your coworkers are a great way to build teamwork and friendship while exploring the area around you. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to plan a scavenger hunt for your office!

How to Plan an Office Scavenger Hunt

1) Pick a location

Of course, one of the most critical parts to planning a scavenger hunt for your office is choosing the best location available.

Depending on how long you’d like the scavenger hunt to go, you’ll have to make sure everything “in the hunt” is within a reasonable distance.

Use a few landmarks or street names to determine the boundaries of the scavenger hunt. For example, if you were to say that everything is located “within a mile from the office”, the boundaries would be quite ambiguous. However, if you were to say that everything is located between the fountain in the courtyard and Main Street, people will have a better idea of where the boundaries lay.

Once you set your boundaries you can move on to the next step.

2) Decide where to go

Choosing which spots to send the scavenger hunt teams to is the most important part of planning a scavenger hunt.

The number of locations to send your teams to is, once again, dependent on the length of your scavenger hunt.

A good starting point is five locations, but you could go up to as many as ten or even fifteen depending on their proximity to each other.

The spots should be chosen for a few primary reasons.

  • Uniqueness to the area
  • Historical significance
  • Pleasant to be around

If a spot hits on one or more of these factors, it is likely a great choice for a scavenger hunt.

3) Determine format

The format of a scavenger hunt can make or break its success. Here, are a few options so you can determine which format is best for your group.


An “all-at-once” format is just as it sounds. Teams will receive all of the clues for every location at the start of the scavenger hunt. It is up to the team to determine in what order they search for the spots.

This format is ideal for a quicker scavenger hunt as teams can decide which places they pursue first, and can plan where they intend to search next. Often, the team with the best planning will complete this type of scavenger hunt first.

One at a time

A “one at a time” scavenger hunt is just that – one place at a time. Teams will all start with a single clue, and must find the first spot to receive the clue to the next spot.

This format is ideal for longer scavenger hunts and allows the planner a bit more room for creativity. As they only receive one clue at a time, teams cannot skip certain spots before going to others.

If there is significance in the order of spots, or even if there is one “Grand Finale” spot at the end, this is the ideal format.


A “scattered” scavenger hunt is also a viable option. This type of scavenger hunt has each team start at different locations with different clues.

This format is ideal for groups looking to be competitive. Since each team starts at a different spot, they can neither purposefully nor accidentally reveal information about clues or spots to other teams.

It’s important that when doing this format to ensure the order of the spots in which the teams will go to is circular (i.e. if you have 3 teams and 3 spots (A, B, and C) spot A must lead to spot B, spot B to spot C, and spot C to spot A. Otherwise, one team may get an advantage from varying distance between locations).

4) Write your clues

This part should be pretty simple. Now that you have your locations and the format of your scavenger hunt, write some clues to lead the teams to each location!

5) Get Hunting!

You’ve done all the hard work of planning the scavenger hunt, now it’s time to have the event!

Get your group excited in the days prior to the scavenger hunt by leaking hints or clues.

On the day of the event, assign teams and go over the rules of the scavenger hunt. To sweeten the pot, offer prizes to the winning team!

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