The 12-hour Scavenger Hunt is back this year,
with a few minor changes.
“It’s not something that
colleges usually do,” junior Erin Weber said.
There will be 10 teams made up of six
students; three girls and three boys. Every team will be given a
list of a few hundred items as well as picture challenges to
complete by the next morning.
could be anything like a pencil, a purple notebook or a pair of
socks,” junior Andrea LaMarre said.
While some of the items may be easily found,
it is impossible for any team to find all of them.
“The items ranged greatly in difficulty and
some of them were even difficult enough that we said, ‘we’ll figure
out how many points they’re worth if you actually manage to bring
this in,’” senior Kraig Thomas said.
Last year, some items were specific, like
rainbow toe socks, but others were left to the teams’
“There were things on the list like ‘cow,’”
Thomas said. “I mean, you could try to bring us a real cow, but you
could bring us a plush cow or a calendar with a cow on it.”
On each list of items there are pictures teams
can take for more points. One funny photo that stuck out for Thomas
was when each team had to mimic ducklings following their
While the teams may have had a lot of fun
taking the pictures, those in charge had even more fun looking
through them after the competition was over.
“Once we got all of the pictures in we had a
ton of fun looking through the pictures that people had submitted
and trying to figure out what each picture was supposed to be,”
Along with finding items, teams have the
option to compete in mini-challenges throughout the night. These
challenges are “Minute to Win It” competitions, which are held
Extra points are given to the team who arrives
to the challenge first, as well as those who win the challenge.
Watching the sleep deprived teams struggle is
quite comical for those overseeing the competition.
“It’s really simple but in the middle of the
night it’s a lot of fun and hilarious,” Thomas said.
The 12-Hour Scavenger Hunt is perfect for not
only those who like pulling all-nighters but also for those looking
for a challenge.
“It’s one of the most challenging things you
can do as a group of six people,” Thomas said. “It’s really
satisfying bringing in hundreds of items and pictures and competing
in all these challenges throughout the night.”
The winning team gets to pick between tickets
to Worlds of Fun, the Omaha Zoo or a concert of their choice.
Second place will get six $15 Visa gift cards.
Thomas looks forward to doubling the number of
teams from last year. Only six teams competed and one team didn’t
even make it through the night.
“I think it’d be great to have 10 really
excited teams and have it be fast paced all night,” Thomas
the 12-Hour Scavenger Hunt’s second year at Simpson but the
Residence Hall Association hopes it continues.
like to see it continue because I think it’s a good program,”
LaMarre said. “It’s nice to have annual things to do every
The new time is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 to 7
a.m. Saturday, Oct 15.
spots are full for the teams this year but those interested should
keep ears and eyes open for next year’s scavenger