What is better than a scavenger hunt? How about a scavenger hunt filled with bible verses! And now that the weather is warming up, who is not ready to hit the great outdoors? Campers (or church groups) add this book to your list, you won’t be disappointed.
My good friend, colleague and former editor, Kelly White has taken out all the guess work you’ll need to pull off an incredible scavenger hunt! Don’t be fooled by the cover, either, this book isn’t just for kids. It’s for all ages to enjoy.
This is Kelly’s first book, and it’s just in time for your next outdoor soiree. So without further ado, here is Kelly, in her own words, talking about her latest baby.
G3: Wow! What an amazing idea, what inspired you to write it?
Well, truth is, as with all good things, God inspired me. Really…He lined it up perfectly for me. I was helping my author friend Karen Whiting promote her book Nature Girl to camp stores, so I was poking around on the American Camp Association website, and there it was: “Call for Christian Authors”! I went to the ACA’s online bookstore, perused its titles, and thought, “Hmm, no scavenger hunt books. They should have one!” And so one Saturday I grabbed a notebook, sat down on my couch, and brainstormed a list of ideas for 12 Christian-themed scavenger hunts. I e-mailed my pitch that same day and by Monday—it was Martin Luther King Day—I had a book contract from Healthy Learning in my inbox. I encouraged Karen Whiting to pitch, too, and her Nature Bible Puppet Mania released March 2016 along with my The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts.
G3: What do you hope people will take away from it?
The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts’ introductory page ends with this very important note: “There’s only one rule that’s set in stone, and it applies to all of this book’s activities: Have fun with it!” So that about wraps it up for the most part—I want people to have a blast! The activities are for all ages, and can be fine-tuned for large or small gatherings, done in any landscape, awesome for birthday parties, family reunions, youth groups. I’d love to see families and friends put their own signature spins on the hunts, and turn them into seasonal traditions. Other than the mandatory fun factor, I hope it encourages readers to look at Bible verses from a fresh angle since I infuse a lot of Scripture as clues.
G3: What is your favorite hunt?
Hmmm…that’s a tough question. I love them all! Some are more involved than others; one that takes some planning and prep is the Hidden Treasure Hunt in Chapter 11. There’s just something so mysteriously intriguing about searching for loot from a treasure map. The game has a pirate theme, so players get to wear bandannas and eye patches (which they have to find first, of course), and then they get to hunt for and gather all the craft supplies needed to make handmade kaleidoscopes at the end.
There are lots of activities in the book, though, that can be done on a whim, that don’t require so much preparation. One of my favorites for some spontaneous fun is Chapter 10: Love Thy Neighbor. I think all writers love to nudge other people to write, and that’s what this activity does—it challenges readers to write their own clues for the other players in the game. Because the game requires hitting up the recycling pile, it also includes some “upcycled” crafting activities. The book includes several craft projects, simple recipes, short scavenger lists, and other activities that can be pulled out of each game’s overall context for quick impromptu activities—the page layouts are deliberately designed for easy photocopying, for handouts.
One thing is for sure, I love that this book is infusing Bible and nature and I cannot wait to do these with my sweet granddaughter, Ellie! I love that Kelly has laid it all out for me so I won’t have to do all that planning.
This is definitely not the last we’ve heard from Kelly. She’s got many more awesome projects coming out. Next up on her docket, Jesus Groupie. Just how excited is she for Jesus Groupie?
I am sooooooo stoked about Jesus Groupie, my upcoming book project, my opus if you will! It’s very different from The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts in that it has an edgy vibe to it, a rock-n-roll theme, a “fanzine” for Jesus. The book cleverly parodies elements of pop culture, reframing the life and teachings of Christ in a format that’s relatable to a 21st-century audience. It’s packed with amazing art, both contemporary and classical, beautifully illustrated. As you know I’ve recently signed with a terrific literary agent, D.J. Snell of Legacy Management, and he’s really excited to line me up with the best publisher for my Jesus Groupie series…so stay tuned.
Congratulations Kelly Ann White! Changing the world by injecting it with your love, you go girl!