Barn in Rural France.

Scavenger Hunt Story

We did this workshop in the afternoon of the first day in Stories We Tell with Nomadways. It was on the schedule as ‘team building’ – it was, and so much more. The charm of this was being in a country that was not my own, in a sweet and bucolic small town steeped in history. We explored and wandered, talked to local people and asked them what must have seemed like very strange questions. I worked with a lovely group composed of people from far-flung places, and didn’t know the second half of the workshop when we embarked on the first.

Scavenger Hunt Story

Materials needed: pens/pencils and paper enough for all groups

Time: 3.5 hours broken into 1.5 hours for Part 1, .5 hour break, 1.5 hours for Part 2.

Participants: groups of 3

Part 1: Groups go into the community looking to find:

  • 3 words from signs
  • 3 birds
  • on type onion, one type potato
  • time of day
  • colour lipstick
  • 2 brands food
  • 3 items from hardware store
  • name of planet or star
  • name of dead politician
  • name of book or story
  • speech of a child


Part 2: (time for this is flexible based on how many groups will be presenting) : Groups co-create a story incorporating ALL the things/words found on the scavenger hunt. Stories can be written for text, performance, or whatever media the group would like.

Groups present their stories.

Discussion: Take time to explore what this process was like for the participants.