Treasure Hunt Teams

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I have planned hunts for crowds and individuals over the years. I have experimented with many ways of grouping people together. This is what I have found to be CONSISTENTLY true for all age groups:

A single participant - If he were the only one participating in the hunt, I would still advise having someone going along with him, even if that means you. Funny things happen. Exciting things happen. It can be disappointing for someone to laugh and/or get scared all alone.

Teams of two - This can potentially work very well for smaller groups. I have found, though, when a disagreement occurs about what to do or where to go and there is no one to 'break the tie' the pair may return a bit on edge.

Teams of three - Not ideal at all. It definitely breaks the ties, but it also creates the 'third wheel' effect in a most powerful way. Two people end up getting more excited than the third, leaving the third out of several, if not all decisions. When all is said and done, your participation ratio will drop from 100% to 66%.

Teams of four - The best for groups of 15 or more. The dynamic of four seems to solve all problems. Although there is an even number of votes when deciding on certain actions, the individuals tend to be more open minded to possibilities when there are more people involved. No one is left out, for if two members are speaking to each other, two others are able to engage in a conversation of their own.

Teams of five and larger - Forget it. Enter the 'committee' effect. Teams hardly achieve anything as a group because they cannot agree on any action. Factions within the group form and things can get ugly.

You could very well create a hunt that is so fantastically different, that some of the above guidelines might not apply…but in general, these guidelines have proven true over the years.

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