What is your position on scavenger hunts?

We discourage the practice of scavenger hunts because of the inherent risks from both an automobile and general liability standpoint.

Some of the inherent risks include the following

For the automobile exposure:

  • event requires speed to compete in the competitive event
  • drivers may be traveling on unfamiliar roads/streets 
  • driver can be distracted by passengers excited with the “race” or hunt
  • tendency for alcohol to be involved in the event

For the liability exposure:

  • event requires participants to travel where they may not be familiar
  • potential exists of hazing influence
  • tendency for alcohol to be involved in the event
  • many times the event has a fraternity as a co-sponsor and there is less confidence in the other organizations’ insurance coverage and risk management procedures
  • liability waivers of responsibility that the participants may sign are less likely to hold up under challenge

In addition, many of our clients have policies that forbid scavenger hunts, so, as always, be sure to check with your specific organization before engaging in questionable chapter activities.