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National Scavenger Hunt Day

May 24, 2028

National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24th each year sends us off to find random items all in the name of good fun.


American gossip columnist, author, songwriter, and professional hostess Elsa Maxwell (May 24, 1883 – November 1, 1963) is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt for use as a party game in the modern era.

The game challenges teams to scavenge for a list of odd items. As part of the rules, participants are not allowed to buy the objects. Depending on where the hunt takes place, players may have to beg, barter, or even work for them, too. Some scavenger hunts add difficulty to the game by adding riddles describing each item. The team with the most items, or the first to complete the list, wins.


Scavenger hunts have become popular at weekend get-togethers, parties, family gatherings, and holidays. Even co-workers put together scavenger hunts to keep the workday interesting. Practice your riddle-making and create a scavenger hunt for family and friends.

If you’re looking for a scavenger hunt, download and print the Game Piece Scavenger Hunt we created. It can be played traditionally or at home. You don’t even have to have the game pieces to play the game. Print pictures of the required pieces. Add extra clues to the riddles to guide players to where the images will be found.

Use #ScavengerHuntDay to post on social media.

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May 24, 2028
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