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Marauder's Map Scavenger Hunt in D.C.

Teams will be given maps, clues, and checklists and unleashed upon the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for a scavenger hunt. You can put together a team of 2-4 people ahead of time or come alone and we'll make sure you get sorted into a welcoming group. If you're feeling especially daring, you are welcome to dress in costume, but it's not required.

Do bring:
*A digital camera or cell phone that takes photos- your team will need to provide photographic evidence of some of the scavenger hunt items
*Good walking shoes- you will be walking all over the National Mall, visiting various museums, galleries, and gardens.
*Sense of adventure & a thinking cap
*Props- if you've got a wand or hat or something that you think might make for a good photo op, feel free to bring it along

Do NOT bring:
*Anything that won't go through security at a museum (leave Gryffindor's sword at home)

Start & finish:
In front of the Smithsonian Castle (entrance facing the mall). Teams will leave at 1pm and return by 5pm. Winners will be declared and prizes will be awarded.

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  • April Dunn S.

    Who won the house cup? Hufflepuff was in the lead last I knew.

    November 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was so fun! Thanks for putting together a great event!

    November 5, 2012

  • delma

    Kate did her usual awesome job! Great list of things to "scavenge" - some were concrete and others were open to interpretation. It was so much fun to look at the many imaginative responses. Every one is already talking about doing this event again next year!

    November 4, 2012

  • KateKintail

    I hope everyone had as much fun as I did, watching all your creative photos coming in. Post your favorite photos from the event in the photo album here! :-) Next time, we'll definitely do dinner or something after as a group so we can compare photos in person.

    November 4, 2012

  • April Dunn S.

    I had the most fun I have ever had in DC! Was great getting to meet you all. Thanks for this fun day DADA.

    November 4, 2012

  • delma

    In the castle in the cafe.

    November 4, 2012

  • KateKintail

    If you are arriving late, I'm inside the castle with a hufflepuff scarf on

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are waiting for the metro but hope to get there soon! We're excited!

    November 4, 2012

  • Michelle

    Hey guys! Kelly and I are going to be at the metro around 12 to ride in if anyone wants to join. We'll be jumping ship to the yellow line and probably walking up from L'enfant Plaza because of all the delays. See you soon!

    November 4, 2012

  • Miriah

    Reminder that we had daylight savings and our clocks went back an hour. If you forget you may be waiting longer than planned for people to show up.

    November 4, 2012

  • KateKintail

    If you're planning on taking the Metro to the event, make sure to leave enough time to get there. Looks like a lot of delays this weekend due to track maintenance: http://www.wmata.com/

    November 4, 2012

  • KateKintail

    I'm changing the group requirement to 2-5 people. 150 points divided evenly among the members’ houses of the 1st place team.
    100 points divided evenly among the members’ houses of the 2nd place team. 50 points divided evenly among the members’ houses of the 3rd place team. The house with the most points will win the 3rd ever DADA House Cup!

    November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    do we have to send the pictures live? or they tallied after the event? my phone does not have a data plan

    November 2, 2012

    • KateKintail

      They are tallied at the event, but no need to send the photos. If no one in your group has a way of doing that, you can just show me the photos on your phone/camera when your team officially checks in at the end.

      November 2, 2012

  • delma

    Looks like it is going to be chilly but dry! Looking forward to this!!

    November 1, 2012

  • Joules D.

    I have to work :(

    October 30, 2012

  • Michele K.

    This is an awesome idea! I need to talk to my family about it first, so put me down as a maybe.

    1 · October 30, 2012

  • Michelle

    I am 100% coming to this! I'm so bummed things haven't been working out that I took off the entire day so there's no chance work will interfere! BRING IT.

    1 · October 21, 2012

  • KateKintail

    Maybe we could turn this into a competition for the DADA House Cup? I will have to think about this (maybe 50 points to the houses of each first place team, 40 points to the houses of each 2nd place team, etc. so you can still pick whatever teams you want or team up with members of your own house).

    June 7, 2012

  • Matthew B.

    Ooooooooooh. This is tempting. But I've got my wheelchair so I'd probably handicap (badum*tssh) my team. I'm really fast in a museum because I can build up speed on those floors, but outside is difficult and having to take elevators and ramps would slow everyone else down.

    May 18, 2012

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