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Bible Scavenger Hunt

Lynne Modranski is a wife and mother who enjoys a variety of film genres, but always prefers movies with less than an R rating!

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A fun game that keeps kids busy for a couple of hours!

In a park, a half a dozen kids, a few Bibles, and a list of Bible verses can all add up to a great afternoon of fun! Plus more recently I've added a similar scavenger hunt for winter or rainy days!

The original hunt was written for the youth at Sycamore Tree Church. Our group had a blast on the first warm Spring afternoon of 2011. We met at the local park (which is a very wooded area, not a play-ground-style park). We divided into two teams. Each got a big gift bag with two Bibles, a clipboard with the scavenger hunt list, a couple of pencils, and an empty jar. They spent twenty minutes or so with a list of verses along with their Bibles uncovering the actual scavenger hunt list, then an hour of running around the park, up hills and through the creek. There was a lot of laughter—and some wet shoes!

Below, you'll find the entire scavenger hunt list (along with a downloadable PDF and the answer sheet). All you have to add to is gather a group of youth (as few as two or as many as you can count), and you're all set for an afternoon of fun with the Bible.

(If you're looking for other Jr. High Ministry ideas, check out the bottom of this page. I'll keep adding them as I have time.)

If you're in an inner city, have to be indoors because of rain or snow, or just prefer an indoor event, try the indoor Bible scavenger hunt. You'll find it below, plus check out the store. It's just one of the free things you'll find there!

Free Stuff

The scavenger hunts you'll find below are just two of the resources available as free downloads at my online store!

The link on the right will take you to a variety of children's lessons, adult studies, and even some music!

  • Lynne's Music and Books
    Music, Bible studies, curriculum, marriage help, family building, devotions, and more to help you in your Christian Walk.

The Outdoor Bible Scavenger Hunt

Give each team a copy of this list and tell them that one or more words in each verse listed will be the clue to what they should find in the park. Most are single words that will be easily found in nature. A few complete a phrase to a clue for something they can find.

When all teams are done, have them come together and show what they've found for each line. You can keep score and award a prize or just allow the winning team to have the satisfaction of winning. The main goal is to have fun and become a bit more familiar with the Bible.

When our group was done, we decided to go back and clean up trash in the park. Plus we discovered they have a disc golf course there, and we're going back soon to play that, too. So keep your eyes open for other things you might be able to do in the park at a later date.

Here's a link to the Printer Friendly Version that includes the answers!

  1. Mark 13:28 - T_________________________________ .
  2. Proverbs 11:28 - L _________________________________(bonus if you find a green one and bonus for every different one you find).
  3. Genesis 49:24 - R ________________________________(bonus if you find a second one of a different color).
  4. Genesis 1:11 - F_________________________________ or S______________________________ (bonus if you find both!).
  5. Psalm 91:4 - F _______________________________________ (bonus for every one you find).
  6. Genesis 2:9 - Something that fell out of a T_______________________________.
  7. Psalm 147:8 - G_____________________________.
  8. Isaiah 55:13 - Something that fell from a P_______________________________.
  9. Romans 8:9 - Something that D___________________ N__________ B________________ in the Park.
  10. James 1:9-10 - W_______________ F________________
  11. Deuteronomy 14:19 - I________________________________ (alive).
  12. Isaiah 60:1 - Something S_______________(y).
  13. Isaiah 1:18 - Something W_______________.
  14. Luke 3:5 - Something SM_______________.
  15. Matthew 1:21 - Something that reminds you of J____________________________.

This is so much fun!

My Favorite Youth Mission Event

  • World Vision's 30 Hour Famine
    World Vision is a humanity organization that offers food, education, clean water, clothing, and Jesus to children and their families around the world. 30 Hour Famine is their annual event designed to get youth involved by fasting for 30 hours.

A scavenger hunt for indoors! Here's one for winter or rainy days when you can't get outside.

Divide your group into teams. Give each team this list (see below) on a clipboard and a bag or a box to put their collection in.

You might want to check the list and plant some of the items just in case they aren't readily available in your church or wherever else you are.

  1. REVELATION 3:5- I will never blot his name from the ________________ of life.


  2. ISAIAH 64:6- All our righteous acts are like __________________________.

  3. MATTHEW 10:42- If anyone gives a ____________ of cold water to one of these little ones, he will not lose his reward.


  4. MATTHEW 5:14- You are the ____________ of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.


  5. GENESIS 26:24- I will bless you and increase your _____________.


  6. ISAIAH 33:6- the fear of the Lord is the ___________ to this treasure.


  7. PSALM 28:7- My heart leaps with Joy, and with my ______________ I will praise Him.


  8. PSALM 33:7- He gathers the water of the sea into a ________________ ; He puts the deep into storehouses.


  9. PSALM 18:30- As for God, His way is perfect; the ______________________ is flawless.


  10. ISAIAH 38:20- The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed ____________________s all the days of our lives in the temple of our Lord.


  11. HEBREWS 13:5- Keep your lives free from the love of _______________ and be content with what you have, because God has said,"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."


  12. 2 JOHN 1:12- I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use ______________ and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.


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The Bible meets Potato Chip Science: Because everything can help us discover things about Christ!

My daughter found this kit called "Potato Chip Science." When I heard about it, I thought it would be a wonderful challenge to create Sunday school lessons to go with the experiments. And now you can find them all here: The Bible Meets Potato Chip Science or on Amazon, as well.

There are 29 lessons designed to go with the kit that you'll find below. You'll need the kit as well as the lessons. The experiments' copyright belongs to Alan Kurzweil, so you won't find the directions for the creative time in the Bible lessons, but you can purchase it at Amazon. Check out the link below.

Another fun children's ministry Idea: Pop Bottle Science

In addition to the Potato Chip Science lessons, I've written a few lessons in another series of children's lessons: The BIble Meets Pop Bottle Science.

I believe that there is a lesson about Christ, God, and the ways of the Kingdom in everything ever created or invented. I love taking everyday items and turning them into lessons to help people understand the love of Christ and the truth of the Bible.

If you follow this link: The Bible Meets Pop Bottle Science, You'll find several lessons to go with the Pop Bottle Science book you see above. There are 79 experiments in this little book, so it will take me quite a while to get them finished. Stop back often to get the latest addition!

© 2011 Lynne Modranski

Can't wait to hear from you! Tell me where you might use this scavenger hunt.

jrsatta on July 21, 2014:

Love this material. Looking forward to using the scavenger hunts for our family reunion on Sunday morning. Kids and parents will love being outside and connecting Bible and 'common things'. Thank you so much!!

gjmama on July 18, 2014:

I would love to see the scavenger hunt for moms!! :)

anonymous on July 27, 2013:

I'm coordinating activities for our denomination's bible camp. Will be making use of both indoor and outdoor bible scavenger hunts. Love this!

dawnsnewbeginning on December 10, 2012:

Wow! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

anonymous on November 04, 2012:

Yes - I am looking for an indoor scavenger hunt for next Sunday's youth group. We are in Michigan and it is getting cold and rainy so I can't depend on being able to do the hunt outside.

Lynne Modranski (author) from Ohio on October 29, 2012:

@anonymous: I generally use NIV, but I think you could use KJV or NRSV to get the answers.

anonymous on October 29, 2012:

what translation is used for the activity?

anonymous on October 04, 2012:

Thanks for posting your scavenger hunt resource. I was looking to use this at a Royal Ambassador camp out on our 5 acres. You made my job easier!

anonymous on September 14, 2012:

This is exactly what I needed. I am taking a youth group to the Dunes tomorrow and was furiously looking something related to geocaching, which I think would be awesome, but given my time constraints I so appreciate you sharing this!!! God bless you through your ministry!

anonymous on June 20, 2012:

Using this tonight (June 20) in Indiana. Loved it!!!

anonymous on June 13, 2012:

Helo, my name is Lois and I plan to use this scavenger at ou Kidz zzone wind-up at our regional park. Thank- you so much!

Pastor Cher from United States on May 31, 2012:

So much fun doing these hunts. Had them at our home for years. I'd enjoy doing this one.

Pastor Cher from United States on May 31, 2012:

So much fun doing these hunts. Had them at our home for years. I'd enjoy doing this one.

anonymous on April 22, 2012:

I needed a quick activity on our church grounds for this surprisingly hot (for Idaho) spring day.

anonymous on March 30, 2012:

Thanks. I was looking for an activity to do at a river side park with my church. Look forward to see how this one will work out.

anonymous on February 07, 2012:

What a great idea! Love this!

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on January 29, 2012:

Sounds like a fun idea!

anonymous on September 29, 2011:

interesting lens ... if you like to browse lens as I do, mine has another great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

christopherwell on September 22, 2011:

Hello! I featured your lens on Youth Ministry Resources.