New Altoona Scavenger Hunt helps tell unique stories

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – An Altoona high schooler and Altoona resident have teamed up to launch the first ‘Altoona rocks’ scavenger hunt this September. First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray was at Prairie Park to tell us more about how to get involved.

A scavenger hunt that has a rhyme and a reason. Hidden across River Prairie are 10 hand-painted and laser engraved rocks.

Shannon Camlek, creator of Altoona scavenger hunt said, “It’s simple, fun, productive and it connects people.”

Camlek says the idea behind using rocks for the hunt is that everyone has a story, and that’s what’s engraved on the backs of each rock.

“Stonestory.org is what I created. It is for people to tell their stories,” said Camlek.

Sophomore Logan Anderson started laser engraving rocks for teachers. Anderson teamed up with Camlek for a community scavenger hunt.

Scavenger Hunt Manager, Logan Anderson said, “It’s just a great opportunity to get your family and your friends out in the outdoors and doing something. Especially in this tough time of COVID when there’s not much else to do.”

Camlek has lived and worked in the Altoona School District for thirty years. She says the inspiration behind the rocks comes from her recent battle with leukemia.

Camlek said, “There was a student, Ava, who said you’ve been given this cancer diagnosis and you’re going to move the mountain. I thought “hm it doesn’t feel like I’m moving any mountains” but so the rocks represent that mountain.”

“Everybody has a story, everybody has a struggle and so these rocks can tell the story of who we are,” said Camlek.

The scavenger hunts runs from now through September 31.

In Altoona, Phoebe Murray, First News at 9.

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