Wonder if there’s a Guinness World Record for this…

When more than 5,000 young people gather at Purdue University July 16-20 for the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium, one of their activities will be maybe Presbyterianism’s largest scavenger hunt ever.

Sponsored by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Special Offerings, the ginormous search-and-find will include electronic and physical hunts for treasures that organizers hope will unlock greater understanding of and support for the denomination’s four churchwide special offerings ― the One Great Hour of Sharing, the Peacemaking Offering, the Christmas Joy Offering and the Pentecost Offering.

Some of the proceeds from the Pentecost Offering underwrite the cost of the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. 

Jordan Whitt, communications associate for special offerings, said he hopes Triennium ― and scavenger hunt ― participants “will learn how the special offerings make a difference in people’s lives, make new friends, get cool give-aways and enter the drawing for special prizes.

The scavenger hunt’s grand prize is an Apple iPad Mini. The winner will be chosen by random draw from all the successfully completed scavenger hunt entry forms.

So as not to give any contestant an unfair advantage, none of the scavenger hunt challenges will be printed here, but there are 13 of them ― some electronic and some will require searching far and wide over the Purdue campus during the week. In the course of the hunt, participants will surely learn about many of the ministries of the PC(USA) that benefit from the special offerings.

On your mark…get set…GO!

(But not until July 16, of course.)