W H A T I S T H E H U N T ?
Founded in 2008, The Hunt is a three day (Thursday 24th 1pm to Sunday 27th 1pm) competition during J-term for students to try their hands as completing random tasks compiled by the all-powerful Hunt Masters. Forget all that you once knew about scavenger hunts and prepare for the most packed weekend of your Middlebury experience.
The Hunt is the brainchild of former president Ronald Liebowitz and his wife, Jessica, who started Middlebury’s Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts (PCI). In 2007, the Liebowitzes called a working group of five faculty members to brainstorm extracurricular programming that would encourage creative problem solving among students. There are typically just over a hundred clues that are not revealed until the official start of the Hunt. In addition, there is a Presidential Challenge and Commons Challenges with separate prizes.
Participants can form team of up to ten students and should come up with a fun name under which they will submit any videos, materials or simple answers to fulfill clues. The more tasks or clues completed, the more points earned for that team. At the end of the three day period, the Hunt Masters, along with some qualified judges, will review the materials submitted by each team and determine the winner. The hunted is capped off by the annual Hunt Gala (Jan. 28 at 8 PM), where winners are announced and the hunt Awards presented.
Past Hunt Winners:
2015: Trial By Combat
2016: Ground Control to Major Tom
2018: A Team Has No Name
2019: Not the Sharpest Spoon in the Drawer