What Is GISH!?

In a previous Blog Post, I wrote a little bit about GISH and the mini hunts ( you can take a peek at the post I Did The GISH Mini Hunt, And I Loved It! In case you missed it). While I was gearing up to participate in the main GISH hunt I had a hard time finding anything about how the main hunt was different from the mini hunts. So I asked some of my teammates from the mini hunt who had previously participated in the main GISH hunt. It was eye-opening for sure! So I’ve complied some of their comments into this quick blog post for your enjoyment.

What Is GISH?


I love the TV show Supernatural.  One of the main characters from the show is a hapless angel named Castiel who is played by Misha Collins (he endures an unreasonable amount of pain and suffering in the show). Many years ago Misha created GISH as a way to help give back and to bring people together.

GISH is an acronym which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt. According to the GISH website (gish.com), it’s an annual event that combines creativity, art, mystery, adventure, puzzles, cosplay, out-of-the-box thinking, and kindness.

I can attest to the fact that it is all of those things, but it’s also so very much more. It’s a way to give back to meaningful causes, meet people from out of your normal social circle, and have tons of fun. You complete challenges as a team, using the combined skills of as many participants as you can manage. You can also work on challenges by yourself. But let’s be honest, that is not as much fun as trying to wrangle 14 other people into mischief. Teams are formed in the weeks leading up to the hunt, and you are encouraged to chat with your teammates and share your stories, strengths, and available resources. It’s a great way to tell people what you are best at and practice telling people when you are struggling. 

Is GISH Haunted?

You will also discover people that get dubbed “ghosts”…. Those are the people who sign up thinking that GISH sounded like a good idea at the time and then never interact with the team. Ghosts will happen, and it is not the end of the world, even events that say you need your entire team to participate will give you allowances for ghost members.

Levels Of Play

There are two levels of play, “In It To Win It” and “Just For The Fun Of It”. Both game modes receive the exact same challenges to complete, the play preference is just to help GISH in assigning GISHers to the teams that match their play style the best. You can recruit your own team if you and a group of friends want to play together, just keep in mind that the hunts have a minimum and maximum number of teammates. I have been really lucky in the teams that I have been assigned to. They are great groups of people and we’ve made sure to register together for the main GISH hunt.

What Is A GISHer?

Well, I am a GISHer. I may be a “baby” GISHer, but I am one all the same. I’ve met some really amazing people during the two mini hunts that I participated in. Several of us from the first mini hunt really hit it off and we have stayed close digital friends. I suspect the same is about to happen with my current GISH teammates. 

The GISH website has a cheeky blurb on their Impact page, which describes what they define a GISHer as.

Define GISHer

Gisher: [GISH-er] (noun) 1. An individual with creative, courageous, or compassionate characteristics who participates in GISH games or the annual Hunt. 2. A member of the worldwide GISH family. 3. You— if you click here to sign up.

GISHer Fast Facts

While Gishers can be observed in the wild year-round, they have a season of peak activity which lasts one week every year, usually in summer.

  • Habitat: Worldwide
  • Behavior: Gishers can be identified by their propensity toward acts of outrageous compassion and general weirdness.
  • Physical Characteristics: Gishers display tremendous diversity in appearance, but have been observed to habitually shed at least once a year (whenever Gishporium shirts go on sale).
  • Grouping: A group of Gishers is known as a “rabble”. Gishers working in cooperation are referred to as “accomplices” or “teammates”. 
  • Symbiotes: Gishers appear to have developed a symbiotic relationship with Random Acts, a non-profit organization founded by Misha Collins to conquer the world, one random act of kindness at a time. 

Final Thoughts

The main GISH Hunt is happening now, and I can’t wait to show you guys all the things that I have been working on. I think you’ll really get a kick out of the events and photos that I submitted. Keep an eye out for my next GISHy blog post where I reveal all the prompts I was able to do. 

I hope to see you on my team next year! If you are interested in helping out my team on any of their challenges this year, please contact me here or on social media. If you are a current GISHer, let me know what you love about GISH in the comment section below! I’d love to meet more of my GISH family!

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