Cinda Seamon, Hilton Head Fire Rescue’s fire and life safety educator, checks the back of a smoke detector while preparing clues for the department’s new Fire Prevention Week Scavenger Hunt.v COURTESY HILTON HEAD FIRE RESCUE

If you are looking for a fun, free activity to do with friends, family, coworkers or just by yourself, the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue has it covered.

Fire and Life Safety Educator Cinda Seamon has come up with a unique way to celebrate this year’s Fire Prevention Week.

For the past 16 years, the local firefighters have hosted a free pancake breakfast as a way to bring the community together and educate people about fire safety. When COVID-19 put a damper on large gatherings, Seamon had to think outside of the box.

Instead of the annual pancake breakfast, Seamon organized a scavenger hunt through an app called GooseChase.

“We were trying to think of something we could do that was fun, different and educational,” Seamon said.

GooseChase simplifies the process of hosting a scavenger hunt. All the organizer has to do is purchase a game on the company’s website and customize it with a list of missions. The app scores the points, updates a leaderboard and determines the winners. It is free for participants to play.

The local scavenger hunt will be available for three weeks in October. Participants can complete the entire hunt in a day or space it out over time. 

To participate, individuals will need to download the free app on their mobile devices, click “Play as Guest,” search for “Fire Rescue Island Safety Quest” and click “Join Game.” The app will notify participants when the game goes live at 8 a.m. Oct. 10. It will end at 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

Just as in any other scavenger hunt, participants will have to move around to different places and complete certain tasks, Seamon said. Some will be in the home or around the neighborhood. Others will require driving.

There will be 30 missions to complete over the three-week period. Participants can do all the missions in one day or spread them out over time. Some will be safety related, and some will just be for fun.

Seamon would not divulge any of the types of clues to be included, but participants would do well to consider what they know about fire prevention and safety, in the home, at school or elsewhere.

The top five winners will receive a prize of pizza – delivered from a fire engine.

“I really want a lot of people to participate because it is something fun and different to do,” Seamon said. “I hope families will do it together, and I hope people will do it alone. It’s not a kiddie event – it’s a whole-family, all-ages event. Everybody can learn something.”

For details on the local scavenger hunt, call 843-682-5141 or email cindas@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.

For more information about the app, visit Goosechase.com.

Amy Coyne Bredeson of Bluffton is a freelance writer, a mother of two and a volunteer with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.