This books of the Bible scavenger hunt idea is perfect for all ages, whether you’re organizing it for kids, youth groups or adults.
It’s best done as a photo scavenger hunt, as this enables the players to use all their creativity when deciding how to interpret the different books of the Bible and take photos of what they’ve come up with.
Here’s how to organize it:
1. Books of the Bible scavenger hunt list
First of all, put together a list of different books of the Bible that players could conceivably take a photo of. To give you an idea of what we’re thinking of:
- Genesis – photo of a Genesis album
- Exodus – photo of a group of people walking out of a store
- Amos – photo of a piece of moss
- Acts – photo of a mime
There are some books that would be pretty hard to take photos of (e.g. Leviticus, Ecclesiastes, Habakkuk etc), but that’s not to say that you shouldn’t include some vague ones – those will probably be the most interestingly interpreted photos!
Here’s a list of 12 books of the Bible that we think would work well for this kind of scavenger hunt:
- 2 Kings
- 3 John
Next, pick a location where the scavenger hunt can be organized. A shopping mall is always a great place to be able to find diverse things to take photos of, particularly if you’re planning this for a youth group and need to keep them in a central location.
Alternatively, if your players are old enough then you could just set them free to go wherever they need to in order to take photos of the different books.
3. Time limit
Set a time that players have to return by and deduct points for each minute that they’re late.
The most fun part of a photo scavenger hunt is often looking at each other’s photos at the end to see how everyone else has interpreted the list. If possible, try to display all the photos on a TV screen or projector so that everyone can enjoy each other’s photos.
Award one point for each book of the Bible that players have taken a photo of. Then award bonus points based on the photos themselves – the points could be earned based on how funny the photos are, the creativity and ingenuity of the pictures, for including members of the public, etc.
The winner will then be the person or team with the most points at the end.
If you’re organizing this for a youth group, a copy of the Action Bible could be an appropriate prize.
If you liked this idea, there’s a completely different Bible scavenger hunt in our book – 52 Scavenger Hunt Ideas.