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Bible Scavenger Hunt is a game which gets kids up and moving and encourages them to get familiar with their Bibles. We have have used this with a middle school VBS program and as a youth group game.

The idea of this game is that each team goes outside and receives a list of Bible verses. They look up the verse and then try to find one of the items listed in that verse.

How to Hold a Bible Scavenger Hunt


  • Lists of bible verses - one list per team (see below for suggestions)
  • Bibles - one per team
  • Bag - one per team


None - unless you have them searching for things which are not naturally around. In that case, you need to place the items around when they are not looking


  1. Divide the group into teams. Three or four kids per team seems to work best.
  2. Give each team a Bible and a list of verses.
  3. Each team looks up the Bible verse and then tries to find the item mentioned in the verse. When they find it, they put it in the bag
  4. The goal is to find something related to each verse.


  • Tell the kids if they find something living (ie an ant) then they shouldn't put it in the bag. Go by the honor system for those things.
  • Have somebody the kids can go to for help if they don't get the clue. Often this means they are looking at the wrong verse, but sometimes they just don't understand the language.
  • I've given some verse suggestions for the Bible scavenger hunt below. You would give the kids the verse, but not the name of the thing they are looking for. If you have other ideas for words for your Bible scavenger hunt, use a site like Bible Gateway to search the Bible and find a verse for the word you want to use.

Some Suggested Verses for Bible Scavenger Hunt

  • Genesis 24:25 - straw
  • Numbers 20:2 - water
  • Deuteronomy 11:15 - grass
  • Deuteronomy 22:6 - nest
  • Joshua 4:3 - stones
  • 2 Samuel 1:2 - dirt
  • Job 14:2 - flower
  • Psalm 91:4 - feathers
  • Proverbs 6:6 - ant
  • Proverbs 11:28 - leaves
  • Song of Songs 6:11 - vines
  • Jeremiah 38:6 - mud
  • Ezekiel 37:17 - stick
  • Hosea 10:4 - weeds
  • Matthew 13:24 - seed
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Printable Bible Scavenger Hunt Cards

Bible Scavenger Hunt Cards pdf
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Download the cards

Additional Resources

Sacrament Scavenger Hunt for Youth Ministry or VBS
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Sacrament Scavenger Hunt for Youth Ministry or VBS

This sacrament scavenger hunt introduces some of the symbols and concepts of the sacraments in a fun way. Hide various sacrament related items around your meeting space or grounds. Here is a list and some tips. Some of the items are directly related to sacraments. Others are more “fun” to start up a conversation. Use whatever you feel is best for your group and meeting. These are just ideas.

Create an Escape Room for Youth Ministry
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Create an Escape Room for Youth Ministry

Escape rooms are a fun way to engage teams in cooperative puzzle solving. These team-building activities can also be focused around a theme. When you are creating a youth ministry escape room, you might want to base it on a Bible story or a teaching.

Unlock Your Future Game
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Unlock Your Future Game

This game involves combination locks and will require youth to work together as a team to unlock them. They will have to practice some patience!

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