2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt for Autism
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Registration for the second annual Traverse Traveler Scavenger Hunt for Autism opens on Monday, February 25.
The event will take place in downtown Traverse City on Saturday, April 13, from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM. By using social media for social good, participants will raise money to purchase iPads to be used in educational programs for TCAPS students with autism.
Here's how it works:
- Register a team of up to five people for one of three scavenger hunt tracks. Teams can be made up of families, friends or co-workers. Cost for registration is $25 per team.
- Teams use the Traverse Traveler smart phone app to navigate from place to place, 'check-in' at each location and participate in an on-site challenge to earn prize tickets.
- At the end of the scavenger hunt, all teams gather at the Park Place dome to celebrate with refreshment and prizes.
- Each check-in earns fundraising dollars from title sponsor Lucky Jacks.
New this year is a “Wheels” track, to be held in part along the TART trail, in addition to two downtown pedestrian tracks.
“This year’s scavenger hunt will be bigger and better than before, with new venues and activities, including the new 'Wheels' track. This course will be accessible by bikes, wheelchairs or rollerblades, and will extend beyond downtown,” said event founder Brandy Wheeler. “We’re excited to kick-off autism awareness month with a special Light it Up Blue event for the whole community.”
Click here to make an online donation to the iPads for Autism program. For more information on the Traverse Traveler Scavenger Hunt for Autism visit TraverseTraveler.com/Autism or find them on Facebook.
About the 1st Annual Scavenger Hunt for Autism
The 2012 inaugural scavenger hunt drew 84 teams, over 330 people and raised more than $14,700 for TCAPS iPads for Autism program. This money was used to purchase 27 iPads, heavy-duty cases and $2,300 in apps. The goal of this year's event is to raise $20,000 to fulfill the current needs at TCAPS. In addition to iPads, cases and apps, funds will be used to provide iPad training for parents and teachers.
What is the iPads for Autism Program?
The iPads for Autism pilot program, launched in 2011, provided iPads to nine students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome. The iPads are loaded with apps specially selected for each student to improve communication and social skills and connect with the student in a way only technology can. With your help, our goal is to put one of these devices into the hands of *all* TCAPS students who can learn and benefit from them.