How It Werqs

Avast ye scallywags, 
there's treasure to be found ... and shared!

What could be more fun than a Treasure Hunt? How about a treasure hunt where you share your treasure and excitement with others? 

That's what Shared Treasure Hunt is all about — kids helping kids, specifically one child collecting treasure to give to an underprivileged counterpart who doesn’t have much treasure of their own or maybe even a place in which to store it.

Participants may form a local crew with each person supplying multiples of one item, go door to door in the neighborhood to get community support, stage a scavenger hunt, ask family members to put up flyers at work, post on social media or do whatever they think will help them find the best swag possible ~ legally, that is. We’re pirates, but the good kind!  

Depending on the lifestyle of the intended recipient, participating scallywags may want to select packing items from the following categories. Check with your distribution center regarding their policy on new versus gently loved items:
  1. Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hand sanitizer, lip balm, deodorant. (These items should be new in the package)
  2. Treats: packaged trail mix, cookies & munchies, gum, mints, candy
  3. Creative supplies: sketch or coloring books, pens, pencils, crayons, journal, stickers 
  4. Stuffed animals and cuddlables
  5. Reads: books, magazines 
  6. Toys: cars, dolls, anything you yourself would like 
  7. Night night: pajamas, blanket, pillow, flashlight 
  8. Games: playing cards, board games, checkers/chess 
  9. Clothing: sweatshirt/hoodie, socks, gloves, scarf, hat 
  10. Hair stuff: brush, products & accessories 
  11. Shoes: lace-up, slip-on, flip-flops 
  12. Fun in the sun: sunglasses, swim suit, towel, sunscreen, frisbee, beach ball, swim goggles, Frisbee
  13. Glug glug: water, juice, powdered milk 
  14. Creature comforts: collapsible chair, umbrella, tarp 
  15. Oooohs: media player, watch, jewelry, pre-paid phone 
  16. Be a sport: skateboard, football, soccer ball, baseball glove/bat/ball 
  17. Showtime: movie passes + popcorn, drink, etc (see if anyone has a gift card they are not using)
  18. Batteries: AAs are always good! 
  19. Gift card: Food places, Amazon, Target, VISA, you name it (a grownup may need to help with this one)
  20. Backpack to put it all in 
  21. Greeting card signed by the giver, friends, and family 
All scallywags who drop off a completed backpack 
receive a digital piece of 8 and the story of Shared Treasure Hunt's origins
Packing-in-progress images from Dame Deb