Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt

Every year we do a digital camera scavenger hunt with our youth. I am always trying to find new ideas but often have a hard time finding a good list. So I thought I would post some of our list over the years and tell you some twist we insert to make it more challenging. Any of your ideas would be appreciated.

The List

Take flowers to one of our senior members. (Daylight hours please)

Two of your team members in the back of a police car

Find a male with a mullet and have your picture taken with them

Milk a cow.

Eating a doughnut with a police officer in uniform.

Your entire team inside the red phone booth in downtown Columbia

Picture of a dad in green facial cream sipping with a small coffee cup with his pinkie extended

Your entire team on a firetruck (bonus points for holding or wearing props from the department)

Have a memorial service for roadkill

At least one team member throwing a (raw) pizza dough in the air at a pizza place

Get a guy member of your team to get a makeover by a department store makeup person.

Two group member dancing with a stranger over 30

A group member posing with a stranger who you’ve convinced to try on and model an outfit, several sizes too big or too small

Find a tombstone with a deceased date in the 1800’s

The whole team in a hammock

Have milk coming out of your nose.

A group member carrying a stranger’s packages/bags to their car

Get a team member to wear skis and ski clothing outside in the yard.

Team doing something creative at kids kingdom playground

Get your foot autographed by (an elder)

Sit in between two strangers on a park bench and get them to pose with you like your best friends.

Your group buying 10 cents worth of gas, receipt and pump must show correct amount

Team member on an exercise machine eating lots of junk food

Find a sign or billboard that has your name in it and stand next to it

Entire team making goofy faces

Help a stranger fold their laundry at a Laundromat

Entire team doing the chicken dance in front of KFC sign (sign must be seen)

All team members in a tree

Team members being pushed in a shopping cart

Make a human pyramid

A member leading another member on a leash through a store

Entire team sharing one soda (everyone needs their own straw)

Ride the pony in front of Big Lots

Get goofy pictures made with members of our youth group not attending (bonus points if you get them to join you for the remainder of the night)

Find an interesting sign

Make a Christian symbol in the grass using your bodies

A group member kissing a fish

Hug a mannequin

A cop with his billy club/night stick and one of your teammates.

Picture with the principle rolling his own yard.

Entire Team wearing masks.

Entire team inside an ambulance- bonus points if on the gurney (bed).

Picture with an animal (the more unusual the better).

Baptize someone or something. Most unique / cool one wins.

Entire Team jumping (Everyone must be in midair for picture to count).

Create a work of art with sidewalk chalk in a public parking lot.

“I can’t believe we all fit in here!”

Make yourselves appear really large.

Can you find us? Your own find Waldo like picture.

Best photo shoot shot, most professional looking wins- include two members.

Capture your reflection in an unexpected place.

An unusual perspective — could be everyone’s shoes, or the just top of their heads.

Picture on a train.

Entire team in a high heel foot race- best picture wins.

Best sunset.

Your group posing a scene from a Disney movie in the middle of the mall.

Your entire team in the dark with each person shining a flashlight on their face.

Mimic a statue — fountains also work well.

Ambush a stranger without them knowing you are about to take a picture, and then run.

Ride something. The larger the better.

Entire team playing air guitar.

Twist (Location)

Give them a list of locations they have to go to and do one of the things on the list. Make sure they can do one of the things at the locations you pick.

Vehicle Lot (Car, Motorcycle, Tractor)




Non church of Christ church building

Maury County Park

Downtown Square

Train Depot in Columbia

People’s House

Twist (People)

Give them a list of people who will not be at the event they need to get pictures with doing one of the item on the list. We like to include our volunteer youth leaders, elders, teachers, a few senior members, etc.

Twist (Props)

Give them a list of props they have to get and include in a picture of them doing one of the items on the list.

Disposable Toilet Seat Cover

Hair Net

Pink Flamingo

Trash Can


Gallon of milk

Beach Ball

Tiki Torch


You have to have a way to determine a winner. We give a free ice cream at Baskin Robbins as a prize. The way we determine point values is (1) what would be a hard picture to get, (2) what would be a great picture. The harder and the better the more points. The easier and the less spectacular the picture the less points. Don’t be stingy with points. Don’t do 10 points as a high go crazy and make it 5,000 points. They don’t cost anything so give freely. Add bonus points for the twist.

Add a comment to tell us what you have done or think would be cool.


24 responses to “Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Powershot digital camera says :

    Great post. this is what I looking for, thanks

  2. Tasha says :

    We’re donig a camera scavenger hunt tonight and here was our list

    • An epic duel
    • Someone in a tree
    • Pizzzzza…
    • A short man next to a tall woman
    • A…*gasp*…BEARD!
    • A greasy hamburger joint
    • A cool leaf
    • Your entire group stuffed in a small space
    • A re-enacting of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet
    • A red traffic light
    • A baby!
    • A place where Osama Bin Laden could be hiding…bonus points if you find him!
    • A blue couch
    • A member of your group making a funny face at a pedestrian
    • An elevator picture
    • Crazy awesome shoes
    • Someone who looks very bored
    • A bad hair day
    • A member of your group in the middle of some sort of acrobatics…please don’t hurt yourself
    • The best place to eat in town
    • An upside down chair…with an upside down person
    • The words “And it came to pass…”
    • Sunglasses
    • An old man
    • A picture of your group with at least two people you have never met
    • An animal that is not someone’s pet
    • A natural redhead
    • Something scenic
    • Something gross
    • Something abnormal
    • A team member in a shopping cart
    • A human pyramid
    • Entire team mid-air, HSM-style

  3. MM says :

    This is a great list! I’ve been searching for a couple of days for a decent list for my son’s 18th bday party. This is awesome!! I’ll tweak a few, but this is great since I don’t have a lot of time to figure this out.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Fiona says :

    This is really helpful, Thanks!
    Just wondering how you go about managing different groups all having a way to take photos? I did it as a youth member with disposable cameras, but that was about 10 years ago, before cameras in phones were everywhere…
    What works for you?

  5. Student Minister says :


    We assigned one official camera to each team. You may want to make sure these cameras have a memory card that is compatible with you computer After everyone got back we downloaded all the pictures and viewed them together.

  6. Anonymous says :

    This is awesome! There is a definite lack of lists for ideas along these lines. Thanks for sharing. I’m doing a glow-in-the dark variation on the props. I’m hiding glow in the dark or light up props and mixing that with the themed photos.

  7. Anonymous says :

    Very cool. Some really great ideas. Thank you.

  8. tony says :

    I personally tend to agree with every little thing that has been posted inside Matchstick
    Blinds “Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt | Student Minister”.
    Thanks for all the actual facts.Thanks a lot-Jeffery

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    kiss a manikin
    shake hand with a random person

  12. Anonymous says :

    Police officers aren’t allowed to take pictures with you while they’re in uniform… learned that the hard way :/

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