Talbot Treasure Hunt:

An Amazing race

to Benefit Crossreach Youth Missions



What is the Talbot Treasure Hunt?

The Talbot Treasure Hunt is the major fundraiser for Crossreach Youth Missions - the youth sponsorship program of the Diocese of Easton. Crossreach sponsors youth activities and programs around the Eastern Shore including the 2016 Youth Mission Trip to Costa Rica, local Youth Groups, and Camp Wright Youth Events.

What Can I Win?

The winning team will receive a check for $1,000 and a second check for $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. (Must be a 501c3 designated charity.) Additional prizes will be awarded to teams for: raising the most money, wearing the best costumes (not required, but fun!), best team name, and most team spirit!

When is the Talbot Treasure Hunt?

The date of the race is Sunday, June 5th, 2016 but teams MUST REGISTER ahead of time.

The day of the race, teams check in between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. at the Old Black & Decker Building. (28712 Glebe Road in Easton Maryland.) The race begins promptly at 1 p.m. Please arrive as a team in a single vehicle, if possible. Parking is limited and the race ends at a different location, so retrieving extra cars will be a nuisance! All team members must travel in a single vehicle throughout the race.

Who can enter?

Anyone, although each team must include at least one adult. Teams may include 2 to 5 people.

How long will the race last and what should I bring?
We expect the race to last approximately three hours, with an amazing party and awards ceremony to follow. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes! The race will be held rain or shine; we will cancel only in the event of extreme weather. Bring a cell phone with a camera, for sure, but no other special equipment is needed.

I can solve puzzles, but I’m not sure about the challenges.  Will I have to bungee jump or anything?

No bungee jumping, but you may have to recite a poem, run a gentle obstacle course, move marshmallows on a straw or take a short trip in a kayak.  Not all members of a team have to perform all challenges, so it is possible to get through the race without doing anything physical at all.  

Teams will receive their clues at the Community Center. Clues may be in the form of a riddle, a puzzle or something completely different. Read each clue very carefully, and follow the directions. All clue sites are within, or just outside of, Talbot County. Teams will recieve a Clue Book that contains valuable information to solve puzzles. Pay attention! Anything could be a hint!

How much does it cost to enter?

$25 per person includes the race AND party.

How do I raise money for Crossreach Youth Missions? 

Teams can choose to raise money for Crossreach Youth Missions in addition to their entry fee. Each dollar raised will help them win the race! This year the incentives include:

  • Teams that raise $50 or more will get one PHONE HINT allowing them to call in and ask a question during the race;
  • Teams that raise $150 will get a PHONE HINT and an EXTRA CLUE BOOK to facilitate puzzle solving and route planning;
  • Teams that raise $500 will get a PHONE HINT, EXTRA CLUE BOOK and FAST PASS to jump ahead of other teams at a clue location! 
  • Teams that raise $1,000 will get all of the above, PLUS a coveted "SKIP A CLUE" pass which will enable them to skip a clue completely! 
  • The team that raises the most money will start BEFORE ALL OTHER TEAMS!
  • Teams will receive their first clue -- and be permitted to start the race immediately -- in order of money raised. If your team raises $204 you will start ahead of a team that raises $203.  THAT MEANS EVERY FUNDRAISING DOLLAR COUNTS!

Take me through a typical race.

There is nothing typical about the Talbot Treasure Hunt, but you might expect something like this: Your team shows up at the Black & Decker Parking Lot on June 5th and checks in. Because you raised $455, you team will start somewhere in the middle of the pack. At start time, you receive an envelope with a PHONE HINT (because you raised more than $50) and two CLUE BOOKS (because you raised more than $150). You get in your car and immediately begin to look through the CLUE BOOK for clues. (There will be approximately 12-15 clues to solve.) Each clue will lead you to a location in Talbot County. Go there. At each location you will be required to complete a task, i.e. take a picture, audition for a play, try on a frozen t-shirt. Once you have completed the task, get a stamp on the last page of your book and head to your next clue location. Solve as many clues as you can, and get to the finish line before 4 p.m. Teams must check in by 4 p.m. to be eligible to win. The team that solves the most puzzles and completes the most tasks will win. In the event of a tie, the team that arrived at the finish line earlier will be declared the winner. 

How does the race end? 

The race ends at the Old Black & Decker Building. Race participants will enjoy live music, beverages and food. Your registration in the race is also a ticket to the party!

Can I buy extra tickets to the party for family and friends?

Yes, they can be purchased on the day of the event. Tickets for those not running the race are $20.

I heard there was a pre-party?

Yes, we will hold a Talbot Treasure Hunt Happy Hour for all registered teams approximately two weeks before the event. Please join us for the opportunity to meet other teams and participate in a few mind games! We would like to collect any money you have raised at the Happy Hour and credit it to your team. We believe that will speed up registration on the day of the race. You may continue to raise money up until June 5th! We will collect the balance at registration.

How do I get started? 

Choose a team and register today! You can REGISTER  HERE

How can I set up a team fundraising page?

Teams raise money online through FirstGiving. When you register, you will be directed to set up a fundraising page. 

Are there any more rules?

Yes! Each team, once they enter, will be e-mailed a letter that includes this year's rules. Read them carefully!

But I have more questions?

Great! Send an e-mail to joanne@dioceseofeaston.org   



Crossreach is a ministry of the Diocese of Easton and supports Youth-Centered programs and initiatives across the Eastern Shore. We offer individual student scholarships, financial and resource support for youth programs, and directly sponsor mission trips locally and abroad.

In July of 2016 Crossreach will be sending a team of 37 youth and adults to Costa Rica to work alongside the Bribri people as they build a much-needed bridge. The Diocese of Easton, through the work of its leading parishes, has been helping send youth on missions locally and abroad for over 12 years, including Haiti, Kenya, Peru, Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Appalachia, DC, and Crisfield. "Yes, missions require hard work and service - but they are mostly about two cultures sharing Christ's love with one another. I am forever changed."