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Preliminary: The necessary preparations are evident from the execution. Remember, that the clues are most easily laid in the opposite order from that in which they are to be followed.

Execution: Numerous variations may be worked out. The following word-picture of a Treasure Hunt will suggest to your Scouts some of the possibilities: "You (i.e. each Patrol Leader) look at the sealed envelope in your hand. On the front of it is a small sketch map with a cross. Under it is: 'Proceed to spot marked X, then open envelope.' The spot is easily located. You break the seal. Inside is a message in Morse code. You decipher it: 'Go to the tallest oak you can see from this point. Then follow the direction of its biggest branch two hundred feet. You do so and find-nothing. That is, until one of the boys yells: 'Here is a stone that has just been moved.' Under it you discover the next clue: `SW to tree with unnatural fruit.' The tree proves to be a hickory with several pine cones tied to its limbs. At the foot of it starts a trail of Scout trail marks. You follow them to the foot of another tree.

No clue around! What to do next? Then someone finally looks up and sees a tag hanging on a branch high above. A Scout is sent up to investigate it. It only says: 'Look West!' 'Well, look west then. What do you see?' 'Looks like a red neckerchief in a tree about four hundred feet away!' You get to the tree and find the next clue attached to the neckerchief: 'WSW 200 feet,' and two hundred feet west-south-west you locate a pile of stones. Diving into it, you find the last clue: 'Dig under the dead chestnut!' The tree is quickly found, you dig where the earth has recently been turned over and find ... well, maybe not a chest of gold doubloons, but certainly at least a box of salted peanuts to be divided among the lucky treasure hunters."

Note: In order to prevent the Patrols from clashing too early in the game, the hunt should start with as many individual and equally difficult trails as there are Patrols.

The treasure hunt with its wild scramble at the finish, is a popular modern hike stunt. Treasure maps can be drawn-mystic symbols-hidden Scout knowledge can become a fascinating part of the hike. Spots marked X, trees with unnatural fruit, compass directions to be determined and followed-all add to the fun and excitement.

 

See Also:

American Treasure Hunt Wide Games

English Treasure Hunts Wide Games

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