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2014 Vanguard Direct Scavenger Hunt

Another year, another Scavenger Hunt!

Vanguard Direct’s yearly celebration of New York City went off without a hitch! On October 23, fourteen teams embarked on the fourth annual VanScavenger Hunt.

This year’s hunt put a twist on the normal look and find employees have come to expect. Teams found an envelope with 16 clues, all ranked with points. They also found a list of extra items they could find on the hunt for additional points. Limited to a 2.5-hour time span, whoever came back on time with the most points won!

Once the clues were solved, a theme revealed itself. The hunters were going to some of the most haunted places in New York City! Running from the Chelsea Hotel to the Fraunces Tavern and everything in between, the game was on!

Check out some of the best photos from the Hunt, including some classic pictures from the Halloween Costume Contest on our Facebook page!


Author: Zack Smith


Team Vanguard Explores NYC for the Second Annual VanScavenger Hunt

Along with the spectacular holiday party every winter, Vanguard also has a tradition of holding an excellent team-building activity during the summer. This summer saw the return of last year’s VanScavenger Hunt. On August 26, the New York and Maplewood offices converged on the streets of Manhattan to seek the answers to the clues given out.

Participants were given seven clues that led them to landmarks all over the city. A team captain with a smartphone was put in charge of group pictures in front of iconic places in Central Park, Chinatown, and the Museum of Natural History. The final clue was a QR Code that led participants to the Houndstooth Pub in Midtown for the after-party.

The winner of the 2011 VanScavenger hunt was Team X-Rays, which consisted of Joe Corbo, Gia Lam, Chris Barnes, Ron Clemente, Cori Eriksson, and Kevin Green. Video of the event is up on YouTube. Check it out below!

According to our Master of Ceremonies, Mark Dion, the VanScavenger Hunts were created with team building in mind. Fostering a sense of competition and creating new friendships among employees was an added bonus. Holding a fun, involved challenge like this helps employees to “improvise, adapt, and overcome” even when the task at hand is problematic.

What kinds of team-building activities does your organization participate in?

Author: Dustin Hill