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SALT LAKE CITY — Summer vacation has begun for many of Utah’s youth, and outdoor activities and camps are anxiously being arranged. A treasure hunt set to begin Tuesday may put all those previous summer plans on hold.
At 3 p.m., the hunt begins with a riddle released on the official Brain Chase website. Solving the riddle will lead participants to a local library with a specific book containing a key. The first person to find the sought-after key will unlock a treasure chest which includes $1,000 and free registration into Brain Chase’s summer program.
Only kids ages 6-16 are eligible to participate.
Salt Lake City is one of four cities Brain Chase selected to host the “library challenge.” According to CEO Allan Staker, Salt Lake City was chosen because “it’s a great family market.” Dallas and two other cities to be determined will be the other host cities.
This is the second year Brain Chase is conducting its library challenge. Past locations have included Boston, Seattle and Orange County.
Previous library challenges have taken anywhere from 30 minutes to 4.5 days to complete. Staker anticipates the Salt Lake challenge will take 48 to 72 hours to find the key.
How did the Brain Chase library challenge start?
“We wanted to kick off national scavenger hunt day (May 24) by solving puzzles combining our love for libraries and promoting summer learning and reading,” Staker said.
Brain Chase launched in 2013 and is a learning website for kids. The organization offers fall, spring and summer learning programs. Children and teens from grades 2-8 complete academic work in specific programs. Programs vary from reading and writing to cooking and engineering.
Once the work is completed, the student receives clues to find real buried treasure. The first child to discover the treasure’s location gets flown to the location to dig up the cash prize. In 2015, winners were flown out to Japan, France and New Orleans.