SARANAC LAKE - Small groups of teens and pre-teens sprinted around the village Tuesday afternoon, stuffing random items into small bags from the Pink clothing store.
They were participating in the annual Winter Carnival Scavenger Hunt, put on by the Saranac Lake Youth Center.
SLYC Executive Director Diane Roberts said the center has been organizing the scavenger hunt every year for about 10 or 11 years.
From left, Stevie Phelabaum, Carley Sawyer, Louisa Hameline and Cindy Barge look at the list and plot their next move in a scavenger hunt held Tuesday afternoon by the Saranac Lake Youth Center, an annual event that’s part of Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
This year, about 20 kids participated, and they were sent to find items on Broadway and Main Street.
"We want them to be within walking distance of the youth center," Roberts said.
The students are given a list of things to find, including some straight-up items and some clues that require some thought like, "Great Scott, it's a rose petal."
Roberts asked about 14 local businesses to participate. If they were able to find some small item to donate (like a rose petal from Scott's Florist), she wrote a clue around the item.
After about 45 minutes, the kids came back to the youth center and Roberts added up their points. Points are given for the most items, the shortest time and the answers to some additional riddles on the scavenger hunt sheet.
Roberts said the Winter Carnival Committee donated four Carnival buttons as prizes for the winners.
The committee also donated some pizzas and soda for the kids to enjoy after the scavenger hunt was complete.