One of the best ways to kick off your retreat, is to begin it with a super fun activity known as a photo scavenger hunt. This is a great team building activity that is action packed and fun! Not only is it exciting for everyone involved, it also provides fantastic candid photos for memories of your retreat that everyone can look back at. If that wasn’t enough, it is one of the best exercises to increase promotional materials to use for advertising your next retreat. When retreat seekers see these candid shots of people having a blast, they will definitely want to be a part of the action! This activity is a must have for any type of retreat, and here are some great topics to use as a basis for your photo scavenger hunt activity:
Inspirational photo scavenger hunts are great for showcasing feel-good energy and motivational photo snaps. A good theme for this topic is gratitude. Allow the teams to find items to be grateful for (ie. water, food, clothing, shelter), and let them take creative photos to go along with it.
Have the teams participate in a Bible quotes scavenger hunt, where they will read questions like “what did Job mix with dirt to coat his skin: Job 7:5”, and they will then find the bible passage and take a snapshot that represents the answer.
There are many funny photos that can be achieved simply by being inventive. An example is asking the teams to pose with a funny statue to make it seem lifelike.
The teams can take selfies in front of specific items, or simply by doing certain activities like eating or making specific expressions.
You can have the teams take stunning pics of landscapes from specific angles. An example like asking them to take a picture of two trees with a mountain in the middle.
A nature hunt is a popular choice on a retreat, where teams will be asked to take photos holding things like leaves, pinecones etc.
An alphabet hunt consists of all the letters of the alphabet with a different word beside them for teams to find. Ex. A for apple, B for a brown bush, to give you an idea.
Why not supply costumes and props for your hunt? These make for colorful and creative photos that will last a lifetime!
Depending on the season, make the scavenger hunt reflect a seasonal theme. Ex. If it’s fall, they will search for things like leaves of every color, or bare branches on trees.
If there is a recent holiday coming up, set up a holiday themed scavenger hunt. An example of this would be that if Easter is coming up, the teams might search for colored eggs, chocolate, bunnies, or an Easter basket.
Photo scavenger hunts are easy to set up, and they can be as elaborate (in terms of props and costumes) or as simple as you like! All you really need are some interesting topics and a score sheet for people to check off the photos that they have taken, and earn points. When the scavenger hunt is over, the points are added up and the lucky team wins a prize. What a fabulous way to kick off your next retreat!
This post is sponsored by Refreshing Mountain a christian retreat center providing overnight retreats, family cabin rentals, corporate team building events and school field trips in Lancaster County, PA for over 30 years.