You missed it. The nine year old kids were running around the neighborhood shooting Nerf pellets at the paper Zombie targets. Their map was marked with caches that held more ammunition. They scanned the ground for antidote to stuff in their sacks. They heard a distant (50 meters) blast from my horn and ran back to the safety zone for more instruction and another map. They needed more clues to open the locked treasure chest.
The next day, in another town in the seacoast area of New Hampshire, I dropped blue/green glass stones around the houses of a small neighborhood. Kids used my hand made map of the area to find clues and Ender Pearls. They carried foam swords to fend off the Ender Dragons. They were chased by Creepers (teenagers) and laughed as they hid behind a neighbor’s fence. Their goal was to find enough Pearls to open the Portal.
No matter how you play it, though, it is all about the map. These kids are learning to use a map with confidence while working together towards a common goal. It isn’t a competition. It isn’t a race. It is fun and exciting and they are motivated by treasure, just like the rest of us. Some may squirm with the idea of guns and swords, but it isn’t any different than cowboys and Indians, in the kids’ minds. They are playing, running outside and making friends.
Ultimate Treasure Hunts, LLC, likes to have fun and be creative. We can take your idea and turn into a treasure hunt. Call us at 603 772 8772 and plan your fun day!