As I mentioned in the SocialMediaCampLondon2 blog post a couple of weeks ago, that day ended with a Photo Scavenger Hunt. It turned out to be hilarious! 

The rules were simple: Kat (from SafetyGoat) had created a list of items, which we had to find and take photos of, and each item would be awarded a number of points. You could score more points per photo if the photo was funny, or had at least one team member in it. I joined a team with Cristiano, Kevin and Farhan, and we called our team The Auto-Savers, in reference to Kat having lost the first version of the scavenger hunt list (because she closed the file without saving it).

The items on the list were ranging from simple to absurd; here’s a sample:

A jogger – 5 points

A Canadian flag – 10 points

Hamburger sauce – 10 points

Person with bright pink shirt giving thumbs up – 15 points

A unibrow – 25 points

Genuine celeb – 30 points

We had a great start, finding a lot of the items immediately. Here’s a couple of our photos:

Social Media Camp 2 - Scavenger Hunt
A square (with team members!)

Social Media Camp 2 - Scavenger Hunt
Person with bright pink shirt giving thumbs up

Social Media Camp 2 - Scavenger Hunt
Kevin with onions

Social Media Camp 2 - Scavenger Hunt
Someone on rollerblades

Social Media Camp 2 - Scavenger Hunt
Me pouring a pint

The most surprising, amazing thing that happened to us though? We met Catherine Tate! (and unintentionally managed to annoy her) Our team had split up at the Waitrose in the Brusnwick Centre to find a couple of the items, leaving Cristiano at the front of the store with the camera to take photos whenever the rest of us had found something. We all came back to Cristiano discussing something about some item, only to have him shush us and whisper “I think Catherine Tate just walked past us”.

We didn’t believe him at first, but on closer inspection it turned out it was actually her! I walked up to her and asked her autograph, while Cristiano took a photo of us. She mistakenly thought he was paparazzi and turned irritatingly away from him; I apologized and said he was with me. We tried explaining the photo scavenger hunt, but by then she was already annoyed we had disturbed her shopping:

 Social Media Camp 2 - Scavenger Hunt

Still pretty cool, right? After that we wandered around for a little while, before heading back early to the pub to meet the other teams. In the end we won with a massive 470 points! If I remember correctly that was about 100 points more than the runner-up (so even if we hadn’t gotten our celebrity, we still would have won). The prize was a Hot Rod toy car and tickets to Spring Awakening (more about that another time). 

It was a fun end to an already great day, and I love to do something similar again. Anybody else interested in organizing our own scavenger hunt?

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