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Scavenger Hunt Gaming and Corporate Team Building in Philadelphia

Feb 27, 2008
Scavenger Hunting is catching on with how some corporate execs think would help their staff bond, work together and find each other's strengths in the city of brotherly love. A private treasure hunt for an afternoon outing involves some legwork, riddle solving and the combination of unique skills and brain power.

Scavenger hunting within the city of Philadelphia can hinge on a variety of unique themes. For instance a hunt to-do question list can bring hunters wandering the old neighborhood of Philly, touching on such landmarks like the Liberty Bell, and from there walking on to Carpenter's Hall (the meeting place for the first Continental Congress).

Any hunt can be done either inside or out, on foot or in a vehicle (hunting via Limo is not unheard of).

Scavenger Hunting and how it Foster's Team Building

The scavenger hunt is more than just a game; it involves the interaction of the group as a whole. The Hunt questions do not center on a specific task where one person may be better. For instance, someone who is good at history of Philadelphia will not necessarily have an advantage or scene steal from the rest. The questions are varied enough to touch on many different skill sets. One could be trivia based, another could include a hidden anagram or a word may allude to a dual meaning that unlocks to reveal the answer, something tongue and cheek so to speak.

Team building in Philadelphia with a scavenger hunt provides great fodder for game questions and also helps the corporate team learn some things about themselves and other. The corporation and workers reap social rewards such as:

- How to be more relaxed, and laugh care free
- Build teamwork and not feel forced
- Build history between each other to look back with fondness and something to talk about in the future
- Know more about the city and surroundings of Philadelphia
- Have a great excuse to meet up afterward for drinks and lively chat

Some Big Names in Industry Used Scavenger Hunts

Corporations across the nation are using team building: Philadelphia to LA some CEOs have raved about the experience. CEO of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos was quoted saying "I can't think of a better way to bring people together and have fun."

There are names like Microsoft, BASF and Apple that have also been known to use this as a get away for their teams.

It is important that the emcees get it right during when they organize and explain the hunt. For a good hunt the emcee needs to psyche them up while informing. If you are looking for an organization that will help with your team building in Philadelphia effort, check their background to see what past experiences they've had.
About the Author
Art Gib writes for Watson Adventures (http://www.watsonadventures.com/philadelphia.html) who organize and arrange scavenger hunts both public and private. They have specific private hunts such as team building in Philadelphia hunts that tour renowned city districts and museums.
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