g.i.s.h.w.h.e.s. (which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) is a 7-time Guinness World Record breaking scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins that you can compete in from anywhere in the world (even from your own home!).
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 acquire 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 an exotic locale. All the other teams walk away with a heightened perspective on their capabilities, and memories of an amazing week. Prior Winners journeyed to Rome, a haunted castle in Scotland, an island off the coast of British Columbia, and a pirate ship in Croatia. This year the Winning Team will be joining Misha Collins in Hawaii for stars, surf and space adventures! (we’re not sure what this is, but pictures will be posted!).
So what exactly is it?
It’s basically a week-long scavenger hunt where we present Hunters from all over the planet a list of fun, wild, amazing and kind tasks to create or accomplish. You can complete many of these tasks at home or you can go out into the world to complete them – it’s up to you!
But you’re not completing them alone! You will be part of a team of 15 people. During registration, you can either invite friends to build a team or we can join you into an amazing team of other individuals – most of our registrants choose this route to make new global friends.
When we post the list on August 5th, your team would divvy up and accomplish these tasks (we call them “items”) over the course of 1 week. They include making incredible crazy art, performing crazy acts, and partaking in heart-warming community service projects. Once you complete a task you either photograph or video it (we tell you which on the item list) and upload a link to it on our site. You receive “points” for every item you accomplish. The team with the most points by the end of the week gets to join the Founder of the Hunt, actor Misha Collins, to some exotic location for an all expenses paid trip.
Many of the participants claim the Hunt is a life-changing experience that either pulled them out of their shell and completely changed their lives, or drove them insane… many others say it’s simply a great way to spend a week of their summer (or winter for those Gishers on the other half of the planet).
Whatever the case, come Gish with us!
All you need is a camera (mobile phone will do!), access to the Internet, and the desire to be part of an amazing global community. As part of a global team of 15 players – you can form a team on your own with friends (and you don’t need 14 other friends – you can form a partial team and we’ll build out the rest of your team with other players), or, if you want to make new friends, we can group you in an amazing team (if you don’t want to form a team yourself) at the end of registration.
On August 5th, we will post a crazy, wild and kind task list of things for everyone to do. There are some items that you need to find, and others that you must create. Accordingly, a team can be comprised of individuals who love to get out there and mix it up in the world as well as those that are more comfortable in their own house “creating items”. You will for sure gain new friends (online and offline), become more creative, more outgoing, and likely never look at food the same way again. And through our kindness items, you also will do some pretty great things for yourself and your community.
You then work with your team and divvy up the item list based on what each of you want to do. Then you go do it and then upload the results (images or videos) on our website for points. After the Hunt is over, our judges and Misha go through all of the submissions and add bonus points (for extra awesome items) and sometimes deduct points (for items where individuals may have cheated). Misha then appoints and anoints the winning team and takes them somewhere spectacular and exotic for an all-expenses paid trip. Past trips have been to a haunted castle in Scotland, Rome, and a pirate ship in Croatia. This year the Winning Team will be joining Misha Collins in Hawaii for stars, surf and space adventures!
We typically send out these items with the shwag shwop items, around November.
This is our Premiumer-Deluxestest-PrimeTM package and it’s the best upper tier package we’ve EVER offered for gishwhes. It’s, like, a really big deal.
• You get one VIP ticket for access to the post hunt “Gishwhes Virtual Wrap Party” hosted by Misha Collins.
• You become the proud foster parent of a Porcupanda! Adoption includes:
• A donation from gishwhes to Pandas International in your name
• A Porcupanda Plushie
• An Official Certificate of Porcupanda Adoption
• A Porcupanda Mascot Pendant
• A “Proud Parent of a Porcupanda” bumper sticker
• A lifetime of Porcupanda college debt
• The official “Gishwhes Space Explorer’s Kit” containing everything you’ll ever need to know about space stuff. This scientific kit includes:
• A limited and numbered gishwhes comic book, “Gishwhes Mascots in Space!”
• A gishwhes mascot hybrid cookie cutter set for space baking
• A zero gravity* gishwhes travel mug (*when used in outer space)
• An essential gishwhes cooler
• A “gishwhes constellations” glow-in-the-dark sticker set for decorating your ceiling or toilet
• The official 2017 gishwhes Space Patch
• Misha will record a personalized wake-up message for your phone to startle you into your day. We’re sorry.
• PLUS, you’ll receive all the schwag in lower tier packages against your will. Ships in the fall. Free shipping.
GISHPOINTS are loyalty program points and are NOT the same as hunt points! They do not affect any team’s chances of winning. For more info about GISHPOINTS, please see this page.
We will award GISHPOINTS for the hunt and for FEGVEP at a later date. Much like deserts, they’ll be worth the wait. (And yes, we do mean deserts; the kind with sand and camels.)
There is currently no way to transfer GISHPOINTS from an existing account to a new one, but that’s not to say there never will be. Which is not to say there will be.
Please be sure you’re using your username, not your email address. If you can’t remember your username, send yourself a password reset email; it’ll contain your username as well.
We know there are teams every year that don’t manage to submit all of their items before the deadline due to technical difficulties or extenuating circumstances, but to keep the hunt fair for everyone we can’t make special allowances for anyone, sorry! We know it sucks that you worked so hard on them and can’t submit them, but you’re welcome to post your items online for the world to see!
You will no longer be able to see the item list now that the hunt is over so hopefully your team kept track of which items were submitted!
Gishwhes Schwag Shwop
The gishwhes account that you used to register for the hunt is separate from your shwop account. You don’t need a shwop account to buy all the gish things! But if you really want to have a shwop account you can create a new one there. If you created an account for the shwop before and can’t remember it, you can choose the password reset option or eat several helpings of broccoli as broccoli is excellent brain food.
Please read the shwop’s FAQ first! Then if you still need help with something, fill out the form below and choose “Questions about the Gishwhes Shwop”. Your message will be sent to the shwop gnomes who have lots of answers. But be nice! Kindness will get you everything.
Still have a question that wasn’t answered here? Fill in the contact form below! However, please note that if you ask for clarification on any rule, commandment, or item, you will not receive a response as we are not permitted to assist on these. Use your own judgment and do as you see fit!