I've been trying to find a more modern way/phrase of expressing the idea of a treasure hunt and I am falling short. I've thought of "fortune-finding" but I'm hoping for something better.

EDIT: Sorry, I shot from the hip a little bit. Also, I guess there are other definitions of "campy" I wasn't aware of?

Context: Say I was thinking about hiding something on a trail or in a city and whoever finds it wins some money. And I want to tell the the outdoorsy/hiking community about it. I don't like "treasure hunt" because it feels a little too juvenile. I'm hoping for something that will convey a competitive/adventurous feel (race, expedition, sprint).

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    How about fishing trip? Nov 23, 2020 at 19:35
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    'scavenger hunt' is more common nowadays.
    – Mitch
    Nov 23, 2020 at 19:53
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    Hmmhnn...You want "gay" but "not campy"? Or not gay? You need a lot more context here. Nov 23, 2020 at 19:53
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    It still seems that you have not caught onto other meanings of "campy"...what are you looking for? Do you mean like Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls? Nov 23, 2020 at 20:35
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    These days they are called geocaching,
    – JMP
    Nov 24, 2020 at 3:12

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treasure hunt

does have a slight nuance of appealing to a younger, preteen crowd, Robert Louis Stevenson and pirates and maps with an X. However, that nuance is only slight, so I think it would still work given that the situation is eactly that, looking for a treasure of some kind.

A less youthful sounding alternative might be:

scavenger hunt.

It names the same activity, but is used for a wider age demographic. It is often used as a label for a team building activity for groups at work. That doesn't mean immediately that it does not have a youthful nuance to it, but whatever nuance it does have, it is less youthful than 'treasure hunt'.


A Treasure hunt is still a means of fun for the young at heart if not the soundest of sinew. I think what you are after is a Targeted Search. By this you mean a competitive goal oriented search for something of value. Being on a hiking trail you have selected your audience as those who are capable of and interested in such adventure as an outlet for their wanderlust. I can hardly wait.

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