Scavenger hunts are inspired by the treasure hunts of old but really took off in popularity in the 1930s, when columnist Elsa Maxwell began designing wild midnight hunts for New York’s rich and famous.
Scavenger hunts remain popular today. There’s even a National Scavenger Hunt Day, celebrated on May 24!
Scavenger hunt team names can generally reflect your team’s skill or be specific to the scavenger hunt event you’re attending — for example, an art-related name for a hunt at an art museum.
Our list includes more widely applicable scavenger hunt team names; if you want an event-specific name, our tips below will help you create your own team name.
We also have a team name generator below the list for more options.
a play on the word “illuminati”
Jabba the Hunt
Ready, Set, Scavenge
Ready to Rumble
We Won't Quidditch
Track, Trail, & Tail
On the Hunt
The Finding Fathers
At a Fast Pace
Hunters for Hire
Hunters & Gatherers
The Silt Sifters
Rookies of the Year
The Hawk Eyes
Here We Go Again!
Go Get 'Em!
The Inquiry Agents
On the Trail
The Private Eyes
The Scavenger PIs
Hide and Seekers
Set to Scavenge
Looking High & Low
Just Scratching Around
Scavengers of the Year
Hey Hey We're the Mudlarks
reference to river mud hunting
Scavenger Hunt Team Name Generator
How to Create a Scavenger Hunt Team Name
To create a great scavenger hunt team name, consider the following tips:
- Consider the venue. Create a team name using the name of the venue or the type of venue where the scavenger hunt will be held. For example, if you’re attending a scavenger hunt at a natural history museum, create a play on words originating from the venue name or based on one of the exhibits.
- Keep your team name age-appropriate. Family-friendly scavenger hunt names should be kept “G”-rated. If you’re attending an adults-only event, you may be a bit more risqué with your team name — but keep in mind who else will attend the event and whether your name suits the environment.
- Get creative! Scavenger hunting doesn’t have a list of terms or rules to research and get inspiration from, as other team-related activities do. Instead, you have total creative freedom over your team name. For a start, you might want to look up animals that are scavengers and synonyms for words like “scavenger” or “search.” If you use a favorite movie or book character for inspiration, just add a scavenger-related word or phrase to it to tie it in with the scavenger hunt theme (like we did with some of the Harry Potter-inspired names above).
Soon enough, people across the country, young and old, were designing their own hunts, some with special themes and cash prizes.((https://cityhunt.com/interesting-facts-about-scavenger-hunts/[↩]