May 18, 2021

Virginia Beach Students are Invited to Mark National Scavenger Hunt Day with a History-Themed Hunt

Learning about Virginia Beach's military history just got a lot more fun. The Student Leaders Committee of the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission invites local students in grades K-12 to participate in the Virginia Beach Military History Scavenger Hunt on May 21 through May 24. The scavenger hunt is presented as part of the City's Historic Preservation Month and coincides with National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24. Students may register to participate here.

"Participants will receive their first clue by email on May 20," said Hannah Levi, Student Leaders Committee member from Cox High School. "We wanted to create a way to combine learning with an activity, and a scavenger hunt seemed like the perfect solution," offered Finnley Brakke, Student Leaders Committee member from Tallwood High School.

The scavenger hunt focuses on Virginia Beach's military history at sites like monuments and historical markers. A QR code will be placed at each location that provides the next clue. Participants who are among the first to reach each location—and ultimately complete the hunt—will be awarded prizes donated by local businesses and attractions.

The Historic Preservation Commission has two student members who are appointed to the Commission by the City Council and serve as co-chairs of the Student Leaders Committee, which is involved in raising awareness and promoting historic preservation in the community, especially in schools. Members are high school juniors and seniors who have been recommended by their schools to serve on the committee and selected through an interview process.

For more information about the Historic Preservation Commission or the Student Leaders Committee, please visit or contact Historic Preservation Planner Mark Reed at 757-385-8573 or

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