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Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air.
- Louisa May Alcott
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
- Frank Herbert
When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story. 
― Charles Baxter, Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction
Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.
- Julia Cameron Quotes
Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
- Carl Gustav Jung Quotes

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The Blood-Curdling Case of The Buried Treasure
5 girls and 5 boys are suspects
up to 30 can play
12 - 14 years old

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5 girls and 5 boys are suspects - up to 30 can play!
Designed as an outdoor event
Ages 12-17

The Blood-Curdling Case of The Buried Treasure is the first of its kind . . . a kids mystery designed for an outdoor event.

Your group of teenage sleuths will find screams, hidden sub-plots, and a legendary pirate treasure when tying together key facts and determining what happened in the woods at Buccaneer Park.

 

Many, many years ago, when the town of Buccaneer Valley was just a tiny settlement, a band of pirates and thieves pulled off the most daring theft of its time. The men got away with a fortune in jewels. With the enraged citizens hot on their trail, they had no choice but to split up. Arguments quickly started. What would they do with the loot? When would they each get their shares? The leader of the group, a dangerous man named Dylan Quint, decided to bury it. Everyone agreed to meet five years later to dig it up and divide it. Legend says that Quint had strange powers and was able to place a frightening monster nearby to guard the spot until they were back together again. Yet, no one ever returned. The Quint treasure is rumored to be buried somewhere still in the woods near Buccaneer Valley - and the monster is keeping watch over it even today.

Everyone in town knows this story and dreams of finding the treasure. The woods where it is supposedly hidden is now a nature reserve, Buccaneer Park - and a local tradition has sprung up. Every six months, school teachers run a treasure hunt there as classes compete for the chance to work together to find the buried jewels. Teachers organize the event as a learning experience and each selected class is given a trail to follow around the park. The students are asked questions and, if they’re able to answer them correctly, are led to a secret location where a "treasure" is found. It's always a lot of fun - and a great history lesson.

But today something has gone wrong. The school’s minivan arrived at 11 o'clock, and the students anxiously went into the park to follow the trail. Then, at 2:30, Mr. Save, the teacher, and Miss Fance, his teaching assistant, heard a loud, blood-curdling scream. Within minutes, they were surrounded by the students telling tales of treasure and of a strange creature in the woods.

It was quickly decided that the class should report what happened to the park rangers and leave. But - it looks like someone (or someTHING) wants the class to stay in the park. The keys to the minivan are missing! Nobody knows what happened to them. Cell phones don’t work in the woods and the rangers can’t be contacted. Since no one else is around, the minivan is the only way for he class to escape what could be a bad situation. The only hope seems to be to unravel the events of the afternoon.

What was the scream that caused everyone to shiver? And, what’s happening in the deep, dark woods of Buccaneer Park? Is Quint’s monster still guarding the buried treasure? Or, is there more to the story? Only sound detective work will unravel what’s going on!


One of these suspects (standard names) knows what's going on:
(you can change these standard names when you personalize the mystery)

SCRIMPIN SAVE, teacher - His class won the competition and has the honor of participating in the treasure hunt. How could he chase other people away so that he could try to find the treasure himself?

ELLA FANCE, teaching assistant - She drove the minivan to Buccaneer Park. How was it possible for her to lose the keys?

SOPHIE FIFOFUM, student - She swears she saw the monster that guards the treasure. Why do some of her friends say she likes to stretch the truth?

WANDA BEESTAR, student performer - She gets all of the starring roles in the school's theatrical productions. How could she get publicity for the upcoming play?

DREW TELLER, student performer - He's helping Wanda prepare for her starring role, but is certain he's more talented that she is. How could he prove it?

JEWEL CRAVER, student - She was all alone in the woods when she heard the scream even though the students were supposed to work in teams.

EDDIE TOUR, editor of the school paper - He always likes to cover a great story. Was it just a coincidence that he was in the woods when the monster made an appearance?

JANIE TOUR, Eddie's sister - She always takes care of her brother and would do anything to help him make a splash.

I. C. GHOSTS, reporter for the school paper - His favorite subject is the paranormal and needs to prove that monsters and ghosts really exist.

LEN SCAP, photographer for the school paper - He's always trying to take a picture that no one else can get. The right photo would prove that he's the best photographer at school.

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