ENTERTAINMENT: Teambuilding Scavenger Hunts

July 30, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT

Scavenger hunts aren't just for kids anymore. And they don't have to be as simple as they were in summer camp. Throw in a few actors, mind-bending clues, a Polaroid camera and a global positioning satellite (GPS) device, and a scavenger hunt becomes a corporate teambuilding event that hones communicating, negotiating and strategizing skills. Several companies offer complex customized adventures that can span a city, a neighborhood or a single building: UNiREC Games arms groups with Polaroid cameras and a list of obscure items--a great way to familiarize new hires with an area and their coworkers. Scaventures' customizable teambuilding contests, which often include themes and character actors, range from photo safaris, to limousine chases, to GPs-guided treasure hunts. Paint the Town Red's scavenger hunts include trivia questions, physical challenges and extra points for photos taken in bizarre locations (like the one shown at left). --Samantha Melamed (Photo courtesy of Paint the Town Red)
Posted 07.30.01

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