Are you looking for something fun and different to do in Wicomico County? Look no further because the biggest scavenger hunt around is about to happen and you don’t want to miss it. Speaking from experience, this event is a ton of fun and it’s all for a good cause.
The Great Clue Caper is back for its eighth year on Sunday, April 23. The Clue Caper is a scavenger hunt throughout Wicomico County where teams solve clues, complete puzzles, finish fun activities and compete to finish first with a grand prize of $1,000 for the team and $1,000 for the charity of their choice.
The best part is all this fun is actually raising money for the Village of Hope, a transitional home for women and children on the Lower Eastern Shore.
Jackie Jennings is the mastermind behind Clue Caper. She described the event as a mix between The Amazing Race, Survivor, Minute to Win It, and Escape Rooms.
“This is a great event to get to know this area better. Teams have to drive around to different destinations to solve their clues. Teams have to work together and pull from each other’s strengths. It’s very competitive,” Jennings said.
“Clue Caper is a great team building activity but we don’t recommend husband/wife teams,” she said, laughing. “We love to see other non profits participating and it’s a great way for them to raise money for their cause, if they win.”
Teams of two to five people can be formed. Kids are welcome to join a team with a participating adult. The cost to play is $25/person which includes the race and an after party and the registration deadline is April 15. Teams are encouraged to raise money for the Village of Hope and the more money you raise the more incentives there are.
For example, the team that raises the most money gets to start the race first, increasing their chances of winning. Teams raising $50 receive a phone hint and it just gets better the more money you raise.
Jennings and her awesome committee have kept the Clue Caper fresh and exciting each year by trying to stay one step ahead of the game.
“When Clue Caper first started, social media wasn’t as big of a deal but now we have to accommodate for it. We look for things that you can’t Google because everyone uses their cell phones.
“We’ve changed and made adjustments over the years. I will tell you this year no one will have to eat anything. I’d say this year is more like Escape Room,” Jennings said.
The Great Clue Caper has, in its seven years, raised more than $300,000 for the Village of Hope. Last year alone brought in $70,000.
And that is what keeps Jackie going.
“My family knows that this time of year, it’s all about Clue Caper. My daughter was just 3 years old when I started this so it’s all she knows. My dining room table is covered right now with signs, spreadsheets and maps, it’s crazy. But the work they do at Village of Hope is amazing. And big things are happening there. It is very exciting,” she said.
You can find all the details about the Clue Caper on their website greatcluecaper.com. It is truly one of the most fun events in Salisbury.
So get your friends or coworkers together and register by April 15.
Money raised for the Village of Hope can be done online through First Giving.
This year, the race will start and end at Headquarters Live in Downtown Salisbury. There’s an awesome after race party with food, adult beverages, music and prizes. You don’t want to miss it.
Get signed up now so you can join the pre-race party on Tuesday, April 4, at Roadie Joe’s. Go to the Clue Caper website for all the information.