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South Boston Scavenger Hunt – 2 Days Left!

Scavenger in Southie
The South Boston Scavenger Hunt is here. Finally. You have stretched your muscles looking for little orange men throughout Southie. You have worked on your game plans laboring through the WODs. You know your playbook backwards and forwards after using twitterfacebookflickr,pinterestyoutube, and foursquare to keep up with the Scavenger in Southie gang. After weeks of grueling preparation you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and you’ve seen the prize list. This is your chance to suit up and play in the big one on Labor Day Weekend 2012. It is game day. Time to Scavenger for real.

This is not just about getting one question right a day. This is about getting as many clues as possible in three hours. This is the Superbowl of Scavengers. This is where the true clue competitors, geographical geniuses, and detail detectives are discovered. So make sure you fill up on all of your omega-threes, your almonds and and acai berries. Go round up your friends from MENSA and your Phi Beta Kappa buddies, and especially those who grew up on L St. And get ready to get it on.

We will see you on Saturday, September 1st at VFW Post 6536 at 7 Ellery Street.

  • Registration starts at 9:30AM with a 10:30AM kickoff for the Adult Scavengers (15 years and older)
  • and at 10:30AM with a 11:30AM kickoff for Families (with children 14 years and younger).
  • You aren’t registered yet, but can register now online or at the event.
  • Both Family & Adult Routes will end at 1:30PM and Awards will be presented at 2:30PM.
  • There will be hotdogs at the Awards Presentation or you can buy food along the route.

Bring your:

  • Camera
  • Cell Phone
  • Tennis shoes

Everyone is invited & we’re still accepting donations. Come ready to discover a little about Southie. Come ready to meet your neighbors. Come ready to…

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#findmeinsouthie winners!

Here are photos of some recent #findmeinsouthie winners. I’ve emailed/tweeted you all with instructions to collect your prizes. Let me know when you do!

Here are the rules to win at #findmeinsouthie. We will be launching another round of little orange men before the hunt on September 1st, so keep an eye out! There were plenty from the last round that were not claimed, so still be on the lookout to play!

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Southie WOD – Day 3 – Reaching New Heights

“You want me to drag a cannon up there? Really?” General George Washington said “yes” at this monumental Southie location.

I pulled an easy one for yall. Let’s see how many people can get this right! What other facts to do you know about this location? Tell me all of them in the comments below!

The answer after the jump…

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Introducing Southie WOD – Workout of the Day Scavenger Hunt Style

In honor of one of our newest sponsors – Crossfit Southie – Scavenger in Southie is launching WOD or Workout of the Day. Crossfit athletes worldwide complete the same daily exercise program and can compare their times, repetitions, or other parts of the workout with other athletes.

Workout of the DayThe Scavenger in Southie WOD will help prepare you for Scavenger Hunt Day on September 1, 2012 in South Boston, MA. Each day we will post a clue or question related to a location here in Southie. Your challenge is to answer the question, decipher the clue, or find the place and take a photo. Show me you know Southie! And even if you don’t, participating will get you kudos AND warmed up for scavenger hunt day!

Rules & Tips: 

  1. Respond with your answers HERE on the blog, on facebook, or twitter.
  2. Use photos where possible.
  3. All places are definitely in South Boston, MA, unless otherwise noted. 😉
  4. Clues and Questions will be posted in the morning. Answers in the evening. SAME DAY!


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Real World Scavenger Hunt – Running History Lessons

This is a guest blog post by my husband, Erik. Erik runs every morning in Southie around Joe Moakley Park. One day I took a walk down there and met him while he was doing situps on the turf. I told him I was finding all sorts of fun facts about Southie on my walk based on a map by the South Boston Historical Society, and he told me about runs he frequently did while in school at West Point.

Schools with deep and long histories have often institutionalized ways of making those stories stay alive. My alma matter has a week-long “orientation” called Fish Camp where new students go just to learn about the history of Texas A&M. It almost becomes a badge of honor to be able to recite stats and histories of statues, parks, and other buildings on campus.

Have a Southie story to share? Email me at scavengerinsouthie@gmail.com & check out photos I took on walks in Southie this week on flickr.

But first, here’s Erik’s story:

The Long Gray Run

USMA Cadet Chapel

USMA Cadet Chapel

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Real World Scavenger Hunt – An Easy Hunt to do When You’re Bored or When the Next Monsoon Hits Southie

James & Sara

James & Sara

A British relative-of-a-friend named James was visiting South Boston last week. He happened to be over when those insane monsoons were plaguing South Boston. His host worked during the day, so on day two of being cooped up inside I offered to either 1) drive him to some cool spots and drop him off, OR 2) create a quick scavenger hunt for him to discover these places on his own.

It was really a random offer, and I had never done this before, but James said yes to Option #2! It took me all of ten minutes to scribble down some directions on a piece of scrap paper and off he went with an umbrella and a camera. Here’s a quick note from him after the hunt and then I’ll show you where I sent him in Southie.

As a visitor from England, not to mention a man with no sense of direction, I was apprehensive about going on a scavenger hunt in a city I didn’t know. It turned out my fears were ungrounded as the clues were easy to follow but fun and interesting at the same time. I found it a great way to see parts of the city and despite the rain I had a very enjoyable time!

 

Random James-erific Scavenger Hunt

–          Walk down the lane that begins with the name of your school towards “Ye Olde” Bath House

L St Bath House

Ye Olde’ Bath House

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Real World Scavenger Hunt – 5 Other Discovery Games or Games with Clues

Sherlock Holmes

Discover Your Community with 5 Outdoor Discovery Games. Credit – Getty Images.

Unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes or CSI investigator! Although Scavenger in Southie is a real-world scavenger hunt game held in South Boston on September 1, 2012, there are plenty of other ways for explore and discover things in your city or even while traveling. Here are 5 other games discovery games or games with clues that exist in the real world.

  • Letterboxing
  • Geocaching
  • Orienteering
  • Hash House Harriers
  • Book Crossing

Go explore your city! Many of these discovery games have teams here in New England, and I cover them all.  Read more after the jump.

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