- Acquisition of Items. We all like, more than anything, to have
fun. Well, except for me. I like, more than having fun, having fun
legally. You should, too. All items on this list can be
obtained legally. It may involve smooth-talking, or it may involve
something else, but it's all possible. As a result, it all has to be
done so. We, the ScavCom, take no responsibility over your getting
thrown into the clink, be it local clink, state clink, federal
clink, or colonel clink. If you end up in the clink, it's your
- Fair Play. Additionally, we want you all to have fun, but also
not ruin other people's chances of having fun, except, of course, for
when you win, and they all complain because they didn't win. Sabotage,
however, is bad. And we don't like it, and we don't want it in the
Hunt. Sabotaging teams or their items can lead to immediate
disqualification, and then, even, we may turn the hounds up in Admin
loose on you, too. You could get kicked out of housing, out of the
school, out of the state, etc. You could even be, possibly, deported.
- Contact with Judges. The Judges will give you money, so you
should be appropriately considerate--more in the ``like a boss''
than ``like gramma'' considerate, though. While we don't want to
complain and say that Judges have it so tough, ScavHunt is always
teetering on the edge of sheer chaos, and if we can avoid it, we
should. As a result, please only communicate with the Judges if you are going to do it in a professional manner. Generally, there should not be much to tell a Judge,
anyway, besides dirty jokes about doctors.1 Generally, just
remember that the more people shout, the less will be
understood. That seems like it makes sense, no?
- Points. Point totals are final. We Judges give out points for
living the spirit of the item in its presentation. In some places,
bonus points are also awarded for going above and beyond the Judges'
concept of the Call of Duty. If, though, you feel that you got
shafted on a point total because the Judge dated and subsequently
had a messy breakup with one of your Team Captains (or, for that
matter, any reason at all), you can appeal the decision. As far as
point values, well, we used a dartboard in determining how much
items were worth, so no complaining that ``the pink and white
vibrator was worth more than the 10-person tall naked pyramid!''
There is a third category of points, called Special Points, or if your prefer, Super Special Points. Because
kids these days can only spend money, we've lowballed
many items in terms of points, so that there can be changes for
special points. If you put the kind of effort into a 5-point item
that makes it worth, obviously, more than just that, the Judge
judging the page will appeal to the Head Judge for Special
Points. For example, if we say, ``bring us a Kobe Bryant jersey,''
and you get a jersey at K-Mart, you will only get the 5 points. If,
however, Kobe Bryant is wearing that jersey, then the Judge will
appeal for an additional, like, 2 points in Special Points to be
added for the extra effort. Note, however, that doing items that
don't call for nudity nude does not necessarily bring on Special
Points. Nor does involving alcohol in items that don't explicitly
call for alcohol. The same goes for nudity and alcohol's red-headed,
stepchild cousins, sex and drugs.
- The Conclave of the Captains. Team Captains (as many as three please) have a chance to discuss the list with the ScavCom
at 8:00 AM in the basement conference room of the Reynolds Club on
Thursday. The Judges, generally having also been awake all night, tend
to be tired and grouchy, so keep the questions simple and
obvious. Things like pointing out typos and bizarrely bad grammar is
one thing. Repeatedly asking us what a ``Redamak'' is is
another. Furthermore, it's during The Conclave of the Captains that
we give out extra details about stuff we were too lazy to straighten
out before the lists were handed out. Though in the past, teams have
tried to butter us up with fattening donuts, this year that will be
unnecessary. We are bringing our own food. Finally, it is during the
Conclave of the Captains that we have to make sure that you are
fielding a healthy Road Trip Team.
- Preliminary Events. The deadlines for the submission of items
and performances are final as stated on the list or as announced by
the Judges at the Captains' Meeting. It is the Captains'
responsibility to make sure that they submit these in a timely manner.
- Road Trip. The Road Trip can be done without getting busted by
the cops or breaking any rules. So please get it done that way,
too. The rules have been specified a bit more recently, so please
- The destination point most distant
from campus may not exceed 1,000 miles.
- Use of 15-passenger vans or trucks is prohibited.
- Driver requirements:
- Minimum age of 18 (If a rental
car is used, the rental car company minimum age
- Must have a valid U.S. driver's license
for at least two years--must be in drivers'
possession throughout trip.
- More than 2,000 miles
- Has received no moving
violations or convictions or court-ordered
- Must be alcohol- and drug-free,
including illegal, prescription, and non-prescription
- Must have valid automobile insurance.
- Road Trip Management:
- No one may operate a vehicle for more than three
consecutive hours or six total hours in one day.
- Total driving time may not exceed 16 hours
within a 24-hour period.
- No driving permitted between midnight and 6 a.m.
- Another person must be awake in the seat next to
the driver at all times.
The captain of each team must certify in advance to the Scavenger
Hunt leadership that the team understands and agrees to abide by
- Judgment Day. Last year, Judgment Day only took 45
minutes. Let's aim for that again--or better yet, since we've
transported ScavOlympics over to Saturday, let's aim for 20. Despite the idiosyncrasies of this year's schedule, you
still need to be on time for every ScavOlympics event.
In short, BE ORGANISED.
Furthermore, have a highlighted list of the items you've acquired
ready so that when a Judge comes by to judge your page, there won't be
any time wasted with ``do we have the particle accelerator?''
questions. If an item is followed
by a †, it must be ready for judging as part of the Showcase, prior to regular page judging. Once the judging of items
begins, additionally, each team should post giant numbers which indicate which pages that team is ready to have
judged with no lag time. Here’s a tip: organise your items based on which pages they are on.
In short, BE ORGANISED.
- Appeals. Teams, luckily, are allowed to appeal the scoring
totals given by judges if they feel it's inappropriate. This
year we are proud to present our Appellant Judge. Only Captains may appeal the decisions of the Judges and only
to the Appellant Judge. Note: The Appellant Judge will not take appeals for special points, which are another beast
entirely. In fact, don’t even ask for special points. It is not your privilege, and whining for even more points than the
maximum is about the most vile thing we can imagine—and as you well know, we have good imaginations.
- Items. Most items remain the property of the team that secured
it except for the items that explicitly call for
surrender. Furthermore, no items should use any living, non-human
animals. Finally, we all know about Google, so, typically, count on
.jpgs being worth dick. The Internet is trying to destroy the
ScavHunt. Don't let it. Work with us on this one, please, and we'll
all be happier. And hoppier. But mostly happier.
- Prizes. Prizes are money. And a trophy, apparently. If you are
not a house team, you may have to provide extra documentation in order
to get your fat benjis. The winner of the cash money must be given to
the Head Judge at The Conclave of the Captains. Failure to do this will
result in no cash money. Even if you win the whole thing. Or, maybe,
- Decisions. All decisions of the Judges are final. Final.