National Chemistry Week Community Event

Organize an NCW Service Scavenger Hunt!

Organizing a Service Scavenger Hunt event in your area is a great way to conduct community outreach and participate in National Chemistry Week (NCW).  The scavenger hunt can be organized throughout the year to give back to the community.

A traditional scavenger hunt is a game in which organizers prepare a list defining specific items, which the participants seek to complete.  Each item on the list has a point value based on the difficulty of the task.  We encourage the local sections to work in small teams.  The team that has the most points at the end receives a special recognition by their local section.  This activity puts a community service spin on the traditional scavenger hunt. 

Tips for Organizing an Event:      

Before the Event

  • Before you start, contact service organizations in your area (e.g., homeless shelters, food banks, recycling centers, senior centers, etc.) and analyze what needs they have.
  • Once you know the place, create a scavenger hunt list with different things youth can do for others in the community (e.g., pick up trash at a local park, rake leaves, host a recycling drive).
  • You will need volunteers so ask family and friends to help spread the word.
  • After creating the list, assign point values to the tasks based on how difficult you think it will be for them to complete.
  • Here is a Sample Template to help you organize the scavenger hunt.  

During The Event

  • Youth work in teams to go through the list.
  • Team members mark off each task completed on the list.

After the Event

  • Each item completed by the team is initialed by the person whom they did it for.
  • The organizer tallies the points at the end and the team with the most points receives a special recognition by their local section!
  • Take pictures of the event and share them with your family and friends!

NCW service scavenger hunt is a great way to teach young children to collaborate and give back to the community.  It’s an excellent tool to participate in NCW and spread a positive message about Chemistry to the public.  

What else can I do?

  • Host a Science Café on the chemistry of forensics with NCW 2016 topics including fingerprints, DNA, and art forgeries.
  • Perform hands-on activity demonstrations for the public at local venues, such as malls, schools, and libraries.
  • Be creative and organize your own innovative or engaging event. Your section may nominate the event for one of two ChemLuminary Awards. Contact your local section officer for details.
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