11th Annual Downtown Scavenger Hunt Planned for Welcome Weekend

Scavenger Hunt in downtown Scranton connects University students to downtown Scranton.
11th Annual Downtown Scavenger Hunt Planned for Welcome Weekend

The 11th Annual Downtown Scavenger Hunt is announced for Welcome Weekend 2021. This year’s event will run from 1 PM on Thursday, September 2nd through 9 PM Friday, September 3rd following the modified format introduced last year with students participating in the hunt asynchronously. New this year is an additional First Friday event on Sept. 3 from 5-9 p.m. outside of Brown Hall located at 600 Linden Street. The first 100 Hunt participants to stop by the First Friday event will receive a free Scavenger Hunt t-shirt featuring the Scavenger Hunt logo.  

The annual Scavenger Hunt is offered in partnership with The Center for Student Engagement, The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center, and The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce & Metro Action, and Scranton Tomorrow. This event offers students a unique opportunity to explore downtown Scranton area and to learn more about our small businesses, cultural venues, and unique features, such as landmarks and murals. This year’s Hunt features 31 participating downtown partners.  

The 2021 Scavenger Hunt will not be timed and students can participate in it over a 2-day period. All students must follow the Royals Back Together plan along with business guidelines if they choose to enter a business. Hunt clues featuring our University’s “Iggy” mascot will be shared via QR codes and be displayed in business windows to keep the hunt entirely outdoors.  

Hunt participants can compete in additional photo contests by visiting a list of downtown historical landmarks and murals, take photos, and submit these to community@scranton.edu to win a grand prize. There will also be a contest for the most creative photo overall. These photo contests offer students additional chances to win great prizes and new ways to engage with the downtown area.  

Registration with waiver is required in Royal Sync (see event listing). Students can also register by scanning the QR codes on Scavenger Hunt posters located around campus. Registered students will receive an email on Thursday, September 2nd with a special downtown map and rules sheet that will detail how the scavenger hunt will proceed. A smartphone will be necessary to scan QR codes that will unlock clues at different locations.  

To our new students, Class of 2025, welcome! To our returning students, welcome back! The scavenger hunt is a great way for students to learn about their new home while supporting local businesses! When the time comes, be sure to register and find as many locations as you can. 

For more information about the annual Scavenger Hunt and the greater Scranton area, follow The Office of Community Relations on Facebook @uscrantoncommunityrelations and on Instagram and Twitter @uofscommunity or contact by email at community@scranton.edu.

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