Get ready to 'find' Cumberland in new scavenger hunt

Get ready to 'find' Cumberland in new scavenger hunt

Arlene Nunn, left, and Michael Crawley, of the Cumberland Recreation Department, with the new town scavenger hunt flyer.

CUMBERLAND - Think you know Cumberland pretty well?

The town's Parks & Recreation Department is offering you a chance to prove it. Sign up for the department's first Historical Scavenger Hunt in March.

Line up teams now, or go it alone, suggests Arlene Nunn, the recreation clerk whose love of Cumberland's history prompted her and Recreation Director Michael Crawley to create the hunt.

Join in and receive a "time traveler" passport that will send you following the clues to find 10 locations using clues that span four centuries of Cumberland history.

Nunn says the idea came from geocachers exploring the trails of Cumberland.

"Geocaching just a modern day scavenger hunt," suggests Nunn, who says she decided to try the old-fashioned kind for residents.

"We picked places we want people to get educated about," says Nunn, a Cumberland native. "I want them to know what used to be," she said.

After testing the sites on her mother and husband, Nunn said of the hunt, "I think it will promote a lot of conversation."

Helping, too, was Cumberland resident Lester Hilton.

The passport is listed as "series #1," suggesting more will be planned, depending, said Nunn, on how popular this one is.

The hunt is designed to challenge participants to go beyond simply locating a place to actually answering questions about it.

That will take some research, she says, making the scavenger hunt a great activity for Scout or school groups as well as those interested in learning a bit more about their hometown.

The passport offers a fact for each location and prompts the searchers to dig deeper for more information.

Bonus questions on the last page of the passport will challenge the hunters even more.

The official registration day is Saturday, March 8, at the Diamond Hill Park ski lodge building, noon to 3 p.m. But Nunn is urging participants to register early by calling 401-334-9996 to give her an idea of the interest level.

The fee is $10 per team or $5 for an individual.

Participants will have until Saturday, March 30, to complete the hunt, with awards announced and prizes given at 6 p.m.

Teams of family members, Scout groups, and classroom teams are all encouraged to register. One member must be 18 or older and all teams must explore Cumberland - from Valley Falls to its northern border - as a group.

Teams must take a phone and be able to print or email the photos for verification.

Individuals, too, must record themselves at the various sites using "selfies" if wanted.