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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Game: Scripture Scavenger Hunt

This is one of the most popular posts from "The JH Uth Guy" over the last couple years, with over 6,000 reads!

It is a classic that has been around since my very first youth group 22+ years ago! 

Originally invented to get my group of middle years students interacting and learning how to look up passages in the Bible! 

It is a great for this summer at camp, an outdoor fun night, or whenever. It can be easily adapted for indoors as well. Use your own creativity and space to add or subtract from what I have here and feel free to go in any order you like!

Get your students looking up passages of scripture and reading the Bible. 

 It can also works well with a lesson or series about the Bible, Know the Truth, Search God's Word, etc...  Here is the simple instructions and idea!


- 15 Pieces of paper
- 15 Plastic page sleeves (or you can laminate your papers)
- A industrial stapler
- Roll of duct tape
- 1 Hard Copy (paper) Bible per team, all the same version.  (optional: can be played using smart devices and Bible apps, but more challenging if you use an "old-school" paper Bible!)
- Large playing area/space.

Set Up/Play: 
It simply a scavenger hunt using verses of scripture as clues. Beforehand you will take your 15-20 printed Bible references, using your stapler or duct tape attach them to objects that go along with the previous clue and that will lead the teams to the next clue/object. 

 The first team to find all the clues wins. The final clue should be something that brings them back to you or to the starting point.

* Example: First clue could be Rev. 7:3. The group looks up the verse and reads: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” They now must go find a tree that has the next clue attached to it.

Here is a sample Scavenger Hunt references and clues: (reference in NIV)
- Gen 4:7- "Door"
- Nem. 4:19- "Wall"
- Ps. 119:105- "Light/Lamp" (light pole)
- Mark 2:13- "Lake" (water)
- James 1:10- "Flower" (flower pot or flower bed)
- Ez. 10:12- "4 Wheels" (car...)
- Matt 14:29- "Boat"
- Deut. 32:31- "Rock"
- Ps. 62:3- "Fences"
- Prov. 16:12- "Throne" (chair OR toilet)
- Mark 11:15- "Bench"
- Ex. 37:10- "Table"
- Judges 9:10- "Fire" (fire pit, fire circle, fire place...)
- Ps. 36:9- "Fountain"
- II Tim. 1:11- "Teacher" (You)

Additional Bonus Ideas: 
- Is. 22:9- "Pool" (*if you are at camp)
- Lam. 4:9- "Field"
- Amos 6:5- "Instruments"
- II Chor. 6:13- "Platform"
- Gen. 8:6- "Window"

* Advanced Level Clue? - Gen. 11:27- "Lot" (parking lot)

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