There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
This past Saturday was the SpyRing Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Thrill of the Hunt in Latrobe Pennsylvania. Not only were the proceeds donated to help rebuild Playland, but the event was to give the local children a fun activity through the reinforcement of scholastic subjects.
I am no stranger to working with munchkins on educational advancement, well really just Kyle. Over the years I’ve helped to be an integral part of his learning process and I’ve helped to push him towards excellence. Not to say he didn’t do a lot on his own, and let’s face it he’s a smart little man, but I’ve had to nudge him a time or two.
In addition to expecting good grades, I’ve also tried to reinforce the importance of community service. Giving back to make a difference is a great and admirable quality. Thinking of others and their well-being, especially if the recipients are children, is vital to oneself and our fellow neighbor. It’s a great feeling. This type of volunteer involvement comes in all shapes and sizes, from money donations, to property or items, to giving time and even intellectual contributions. No matter how small or large the donation or how it came to be, it’s always appreciated and worth it.
My sister and I started the company Thrill of the Hunt based on this type thinking and behavior. Please note we are a profit based business, not a not-for-profit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of our situation and help out when the opportunity arises. Also being apart of something potentially bigger, from its infancy stages is exciting. Not only that, but also making the most of it and doing the best job or task given at hand. Being apart of the something to help make a difference all while being apart of a new business, it’s a win, win.
Now, let me discuss the Thrill of the Hunt Team. They were stellar! I mean, a great group of kids! Building the company on these values of having fun and community involvement are all qualities exemplified naturally by my team. They truly care for children and the support of family. I am excited to have them on board and look for good things to come from each of these young adults. They were not only very attentive to the kids during the event, but they were very helpful and supportive. This is my sincerest shout out to Alaina Fisher, Rachel Berger-Gregg, Aaron Fish, and Sarah Rosenbaum. What a great group, whom I want to employ moving forward with all my scavenger hunt events! You know, I also want to help them out however I can, either for networking, work experience, as a reference or just to help them out with a job. They are all intelligent, good, honest kids.
Since Kyle couldn’t attend the event, due to his hunter’s safety class, he managed to call and check in. He wanted to know how things were going at the time. It’s funny talking to him makes me feel like I need to justify my actions, like he was my boss. Kyle always seems to step into businessman mode, asking ‘How much money was made?’, ‘How many kids showed up?’, ‘Was everyone having fun?’. My Kyle, there’s the reason we made him the consultant. I will give him credit, no matter how pre-occupied or busy he is, he can still separate himself and go into business mode.
Success can be defined in a number of ways. The SpyRing Scavenger Hunt was a success in terms of going through the process of putting it together and setting up the event. That in and of itself, is a big task and knowing what to do the next time is invaluable. Also getting the feedback from parents and the children who participated is extremely important to me. With respect to the parents I really want to know if these events are favorable with them, if they agree with the layout and the focus of the scavenger hunts, to reinforce education and to get the kids out and moving around. During the event, I was able to hear what the youngsters had to say about the challenges, and the game in general. I went through the typical questions, ‘Are the questions too easy, too hard?’, ‘Was the game too short or too long?’, ‘Was it more fun to go through the game individually or as a team?’ and the list went on. I made my notes and I’m ready for the next scavenger hunt, making it even better and exciting.
As the day unfolded we were able to brainstorm with parents. At this time, we tried to think of the next big event, Halloween of course. Nicole and I decided to look into this theme for the next scavenger hunt event. So again please check back for this event and get your kids involved. I am always open to suggestions and ideas. After all, I want the kids to benefit.