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Summer arrives and many start building their summer activities bucket list. Big things like vacations and overnight trips make the list early. Lazy days by the pool or reading through a summer book list are added next. Often trying new restaurants and local attractions are added as well. But as the days pass and activities are marked off, it seems that anything that is safe, cheap, and entertaining finds its way on the list of eligible options.
Growing up, my mom would let us write out things we wanted to do over the summer. She would put it on papers and fold it up. We could randomly pull it out of a jar or pick them off a list depending on her notation method for that year. I’m sure she treated it like the Advent Calendar where we had to have some prep work on some of the things, but I remember that our summers never lacked for creativity or activities. And, when we got bored, she pulled out the jar that had extra chores in it and things we could clean around the house inside and outside. So, we kept our complaining to a minimum – you know, as much as a 10-year-old can!
Combatting the summer fatigue and boredom is real. So, why not take your crew and their crew for a day of adventure in your hometown?
Grab your camera or smartphone and document your scavenger hunt along the way:
Make it fun. You could complete this over several days or in one weekend as a family. It’s a great option for a scout troop or sleepover fun. For church groups, get a group of parents together and make it a competition between groups. Homeschool groups might find it a fun way to include history, government or economics in their curriculum. Or get your bikes out and safely explore your community together.
However you choose to explore your hometown, learn something new, make a few memories, and share your adventures on social media using #OIAhometown.
Click the photo below for a printable version of the scavenger hunt list.
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