GALLIPOLIS — How well do you know your community?
Are you looking for a fun and creative way to learn more about your community and a way to share that experience with your family, classmates and friends?
If so, you’ll want to mark your calendar for July 25. That’s when the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the first Gallia Selfie Scavenger Hunt in Gallipolis City Park.
There are two scavenger hunts scheduled that day for different age groups. The first hunt, at 1 p.m., will be geared toward elementary-age students while the second hunt at 3 p.m. will be for middle to high school aged-students.
“The purpose of this event is an effort to encourage support of local venues, but also to give knowledge of the area in an entertaining approach to children,” said Amanda Crouse, executive director of the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Last month, Kaitlynn Dummitt, our summer intern who will soon graduate from Ohio University with a degree in hospitality, joined our efforts at the bureau. I asked Kaitlynn to develop ways to become more involved with students and educating them about our history and heritage and so the Gallia Selfie Scavenger Hunt began. This is her event from start to finish,” added Crouse.
The Elementary Hunt will stay within the city park and will focus around the better known historical landmarks to educate children and teach them to use a map. The students working in groups of two to four, with adults for supervision, will be given a map with clues to navigate the hunt at various sites and snap “selfies” of themselves. Once the students have completed the hunt, their names will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
The Middle-High School Hunt will have the same rules with the same purpose, but this hunt will expand outside of the city park and throughout the downtown area, but within two blocks of the park. Parents need to be aware that students in this hunt will be crossing streets on their own or with other students. If parents are not comfortable with their children crossing the streets, they will need to provide adult supervision.
“This project is about home. By encouraging kids to be knowledgeable of their hometown, it helps create that bond between the youth and the community — and hopefully they will have fun while doing so!” Dummitt said.
People with questions about the race may contact the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 740-446-6882 or stop by their office located across from the Gallipolis Post Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.