HIGH ENERGY HUNT
|So what is this event?
Mystery & Scavenger Hunt events are often done as a
team-building competition for corporate and other groups. The Hunt takes
place in downtown Seattle and is a self-guided discovery tour experience
in multiple landmark Search Areas including Pike Place Market, the
waterfront and Pioneer Square. Most groups do the Hunt on foot but teams
in chauffeured limos is an option.
about the Emerald City with your fellow sleuths, the
Sherlock Holmses, in a sleek, glamorous chauffeured
limousine. Have a blast in a friendly but frenzied chase with
competing team limousines. Search for Seattle's quirks, secrets
and trivia. It is a quest for the famous and infamous, the
historic and hysteric.
The competition is just as hot as
when teams of sleuths prowl the sidewalks of the Emerald City on foot.
Sneakers in sneakers get carried away without limousines! And guess
what? Teams on foot actually get better scores than teams in limos! So
what's it going to be: riding in style or sneaking for points?
Sleuths on the
|Your team, the
Sherlock Holmses, checks their Search Areas Map and devises a team
game plan. Your Team Leader directs your team to the next search area
with dispatch. You arrive to case the joint. Now you have to put your
detective hat on, be observant and ask questions. Suddenly your cunning
sleuthing skills pay off! You have solved a mystery and scavenged an
item. It's high five's all around! "On to the next challenge, the grand
title of Super Sleuths will surely belong to the Sherlock Holmses
at the end of the day. It's elementary, Watson." But wait - for bonus
points we have the Search Areas and Seattle Crosswords puzzles to solve
and then our team's Best Story contest to prepare for .... and to think
that our team's fate may depend on our team choreographing and
performing a skit about our crazy Mystery & Scavenger Hunt encounters.
Move over Shakespeare - we have tales to tell!
Get excited about this!
Scavenger Hunts are great team-building morale events, social mixers,
and entertainment for large or small groups. They are designed to be
very challenging contests. And they are a clever and fun way to "tour"
downtown Seattle's most interesting places. Designed and emceed by the
ClueMaster, these events may be held any day year-round during daytime
or evening hours.
What Groups have done this?
From the first event in 1995 there have
been 425 Mystery & Scavenger Hunt events. That's over 1,700 teams and
about 13,000 players! Local as well as visiting groups have enjoyed the
competition (multiple times for many groups).
They are corporate groups as well as private special occasion groups.
Accenture, Acision, Adeneo
Corp Adetel Group, Adobe, Altstadt, Amazon (4), American
Federation of Teachers, Amgen, AMS Services, Andrews Space,
ANZUS-Rosetta, Apple Computer, Apptio, aQuantive, AT&T Wireless (4), Avalon
Bay Communities, Bank of America (2), BDO Seidman, Benson & McLaughlin P.S.,
Bensussen Deutsch & Associates (2), BioControl Systems, Blom Consultancy,
Boeing, Cascade Tech Sales, Children's Hospital & Regional Medical
Center, City of Kent, Coffee Talk (2), Coinstar (2), Cole Weber/Red Cell, Cole &
Weber United, Commercial Office Interiors, Compaq of France, Concur
Technologies, Dermik Labs, Discover U (3), DMX Music, DRIVEpm, Education
Dynamics, The Effectiveness Institute, Eli Lilly, Ernst & Young, Esurg,
Expedia (2), Expeditors International (3), Eye Bank
Association of America, F5 Networks, Fairview University Medical Center, First American Credco, Federal Express,
Fluke Networks, FM Global (2), General Electric, Grand Hyatt, Gray Cary LLP,
Group Health Permanente, Heartland, HERE, Hills Pet Nutrition,
Ideas NW, Insight School of Washington, InterCall, Ivar's, Kelly Hume
Design, Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel, LexisNexis, McKinstry,
Medtronic, Meetings En Route, Metro Information Services, Microsoft
(183), Milliman USA, Modumetal,
National Hispanic Corporate Council, Northwest Smile Design, Oki Golf,
Option One Mortgage, Owens Corning, Paccar, Perkins Coie LLP, Pfizer,
Pharmacia & Upjohn, Philips Medical Systems (8), Pine Lake Covenant Church,
Point B Solutions, Premera Blue Cross, Precision Countertops,
Presentation Services, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, PSS World Medical &
LabZone, Qpass (2), Rally Marketing, Real Networks, Regents Blue Shield,
Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott, Riddell Williams LLP (2), Savage
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt,
Sears Driving School, Seattle
Genetics, Seattle Reproductive Medicine, Seattle Times, Seattle Vision
Youth, Sheraton Seattle, Ski's Painting, Smile Power, Sound Community
Bank, Spacelabs Healthcare, Starbucks (9), State Farm Insurance (4),
Sterling Talent Solutions, Sunshine Management Services, Swedish
Medical Center Foundation, Synapse, Target (5), Text100, The Glen Group, The
VIP Factor, T-Mobile (10),
UNUM, UpSellUSA, US Bank (2), US West/Air Touch Cellular (3), UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics,
Wall Data, Washington Mutual, WatchGuard Technologies, Watermark Estate
Management Services, LLC, West Monroe Partners (2), White Pages Pro.
Batchelorette Parties for
[Kerry, Jackie], Birthday Parties for [Eeyore, Frank, Ilona, Jason,
Kathryn, Kathy, Liz, Lynn, Mike, Mike, Mina, Pooja, Renee, Seth, Sharon, Susan, Tim,
Toni, Victoria, Lauren], Clubs [Events
and Adventures, Fairwood Golf & Country Club, Jr.
Achievement, Mike's Adventure Club,
MIT Club of Puget Sound, Seidler Fun Club, Tere's Family Fun, Nancy's Young At Hearts], Schools
[Heppner HS, Upper Columbia Academy, University of Washington School of
Business (2)], Fred Hutch Auction, Gena's Silver Anniversary, Jamie's
Graduation Party, Kerry's Bachelorette Party, Going Away Party for Staff
Sergeant Bryan -- US Army, Special Forces, Afghanistan.
Who can play?
are designed so that Seattle buffs have little, if any, advantage over
Seattle newbies. They test not one's knowledge of Seattle but a
team's ability to work together and formulate a winning strategy (as in
"teamwork"). This event is geared for adults whereas
Scrambles are best suited for school-age children.
|What gear do we need?
||All players should come to this event with a pencil
or pen, a smart phone or tablet (a player without one of these should
buddy up with a teammate that does) and comfortable walking/running
shoes. Oh yes, and bring a winning attitude!!
Where do we go?
||Each team is
Search Areas Map
of downtown Seattle with 16 landmark search areas:
Bell Street Pier, Pike Place Market, Shopping, Westlake Park, The Arch,
Washington State Convention Center, Rainier Square, Home of Seattle
Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Great Wheel, Coleman Dock, Great Fire,
Seattle Central Library, Pioneer Square, Klondike Gold Rush and
It should be noted that even the most energetic teams rarely get to more
than half of the Search Areas during the 2 hour Hunt. This is
deliberate in the contest design. It is left as a matter of team
strategy as to which ones they will go to.
Read what a reporter from
Downtown Source said about this event in his article "See
the City on a Scavenger Hunt."
Planning Your Event
Your event may start whenever. Here are some popular timelines:
2-Hour Hunt Begins
Mysteries | Scavenge Items*
Skyline Puzzle | Rub 'n
Lock Race* | Mirror Image
Find the ClueMaster*
Lunch / Refreshments / Dinner
Score Scavenger Sacks
Search Areas & Crosswords Puzzles
Best Story Contest
End of event**
On smart phone or tablet. Otherwise on paper forms.
Some events run longer than 4 hours when the number of teams is large.
Team and Group Sizes
are typical but may be smaller or larger depending on the size of the
group. Teams should be formed by the host organization before the event.
Group sizes typically range from about 15 to 90. Some groups are smaller
or much bigger - the record sizes are 9 and 300+.
The ClueMaster awards the
following whimsical certificates (8½" X 11") at the end of the event
for the following categories:
"B S Certification"
- Best Story contest team winners.
Leadership Affidavit" - Presented to the courageous Team Leader
of each team and signed by all teammates.
"Seattle's Best Sleuthers" - All players on all teams, given in
the spirit of "you are all winners."
"Seattle's Right Stuffers!" - Winning team, given with much
"We're #1" - Presented to the winning Team Leader.
Host Organizations have the
option to award prizes.
Prizes often range from items of value (gift certificates are popular)
to novelty store gag items.
|The event may start and end in the same or
different places such as a restaurant/pub, company facility,
hotel or private residence.
The event meeting facility
should have a private room or area and tables large enough to
seat at least 8 people. The ideal team size is 7/8 players.
Some small groups may meet before and/or after the Hunt in
improvised public areas of the Washington State Convention
Center or in a nearby public park. Parking is available across
the street in the 7th & Pike Garage. Enter from either 7th or
8th Ave between Pike and Pine streets.
If you have no
preferred event meeting facility, See Seattle can recommend
downtown event meeting facilities.
Map to Convention Center
|The fee for See
Seattle to emcee this event and provide contest materials is $20.00 pp,
$400.00 min +10.1% tax.
The host organization would be directly
responsible for all expenses and arrangements relating to event meeting
facilities, food & beverage, prizes, limousines etc.
30 day invoice or check
at the end of the event
- sorry, no credit cards.
|Short on time and/or
||See Seattle will work with you to come up with an
event that fits your group's available time and budget. Here are some
- Some groups use their own meeting facility before and/or after
the Hunt saving on possible meeting room charges.
- Often the event meeting facility will not charge for the use of
a meeting room with no food & beverage service before the Hunt
knowing that the group will be returning for food & beverage after
the Hunt. It pays to ask.
- Some small
groups meet before or before and after the Hunt in improvised public
areas of the
Washington State Convention Center or in a nearby public park.
- Sometimes groups receive Instructions via email and teams are
given their contest forms at the Hunt starting place.
- Some groups skip the after Hunt activities saving time and
meeting room charges. In this case scoring results would not be
immediately available after the Hunt but typically later in the day.
Please let See Seattle know your situation so we can devise a
strategy that works for your group.
How to Make a Private Group Reservation or Request
Terry@see-seattle.com and leave the six items of information
listed below. Typically you will receive a same day or early next day
and Company/Organization Name:
Address and/or Phone Contact:
Event Date &
Place(s) if known at this time: