GISHWHES (pronounced GISH-WEZ and an acronym for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) is a 7-time Guinness World Record breaking scavenger hunt hosted by actor/philanthropist Misha Collins that you can compete in from anywhere in the world.
Thousands of participants from more than 100 countries build their own teams with friends or are placed on 15-person teams (of new friends!) and for one week, through laughter, sweat and tears (of joy of course), they complete tasks (items) on a fun, inspiring and sometimes jaw-dropping scavenger hunt list. The team that scavenges the most items with the highest quality of submissions joins Misha Collins on an all-expenses paid trip to a country of Misha’s choosing (2014: Croatia, 2015: Costa Rica, 2016: Iceland).
The Items are “captured” as videos or images and uploaded to this website to memorialize the annual Gishwhes experience and to supply the judges with something to judge. The more sublime and creative a submission, the more points awarded. Items range from the sweet and touching, “perform a sock puppet show at a children’s hospital” to the weirdly sublime, “a fully dressed storm trooper cleaning a pool next to a sunbather,” to the absolutely impossible, “get the word “gishwhes” written on something in space” (a team actually pulled this off!). You don’t need to be an amazing artist or social butterfly to win. You just need dedication, drive, a little creative thinking and a will to win.
In the following series of posts, I’ll jot down some things to consider if you’re thinking about participating.
First things first.
If you want an idea of what you might be getting yourself into, here are two blog posts about my four years of experience participating in GISH. It’s always wise to start off with an idea of what to expect. It helps with the shock (just a smidge) when you see the list your first year participating.