where’s aldo?

wheresaldo2I thought I’d share a brief description of our Where’s Aldo? event for my youth pastor friends (and interested parents who maybe don’t get details from their students).

For three years now, we’ve been holding a city wide “scavenger” hunt called Where’s Aldo? It’s obviously a take-off on the Where’s Waldo book series. I’m not sure who came up with the exact idea, but we were talking about doing a scavenger hunt with the students when we realized that one of our leaders, Aldo, had a name very close to a certain stripped shirt cartoon character.

The game varies each year, but students are typically given a list of clues that they must solve before they can find Aldo. They solve the clues by driving to the location and taking a picture or video to prove they were there.

This year we had a list of 36 possible clues, each with varying point values. Teams had to earn 1400 points and visit three specific locations before reaching Bethany’s location (this is basically a checkpoint to make sure students have completed the appropriate tasks). Once they are cleared, she then gives the team the final clue to Aldo’s location. Our first year, he was walking around the mall, last year he was at my home and this year he was at the church. The team with the most points at the end of the event wins.

For those who are interested, you can download this year’s clues and rule here.

Author: Erik

Erik lives in Bethalto, IL were he serves as the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church. He and his wife, Bethany, have two boys (Parker and Kent). He's an Apple fan and all around techie who loves Angry Birds and Words With Friends.

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