All That Came Before - Find - 400

 

Objective:

Find a letterbox that was hidden in or between the years 1998 and 2002.

Details:

This isn't the alternative to the All That Came Before Find objective that asks you to find a geocache in the year 2000. Quest Scouts is a home for both geocachers and letterboxers, and we want to make sure to include both location based games when it makes sense to so so.

The history of letterboxing isn't 100% "cut and dry". In fact, it is unclear when the very first letterbox was placed. However, the genesis of the current letterboxing movement was in 1998.

1) Identify a letterbox that you have not previously found, that was hidden in, or between, 1998 and 2002. 

2) Find the letterbox you identified!

3) Take a photo to document your adventure and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts and #Letterboxing.

4) Tell us about your experience in the comments below. If appropriate, post the Atlas Quest box number.

Micro Quest - All That Came Before - 50

 

Objective:

Watch an episode of Crash Course!

Details:

Crash Course is a free youtube channel geared toward making history fun and accessible. While it is geared toward high school students, it is great for adults who need to brush up on their history. For this micro quest, we're going to sit back, relax and passively learn a thing or two.  (Because sometimes, we need a little break.)

1) Choose one Crash Course episode with a history theme and watch it.

Crash Course World History Season One

Crash Course World History Season Two

Crash Course US History

2) Let us know which episode you watched and one thing your learned from the episode in the comments below.

 

Are you new to Quest Scouts?

If so, this is a "Micro Quest." We offer them weekly, and they compliment our larger Quests. If you'd like to learn more, check out What Is Quest Scouts?

Micro Quest - All That Came Before - 50

Objective:

Order at least one photo print right now! 

Details:

Digital photos are AWESOME! We can take as many shots as we want to make sure we get just the right one AND we don't have to buy expensive film. However, there is a downside... When was the last time you held a photo in your hand? For some of you, it may have been yesterday. For the majority of us, it probably has been a while. Today's micro quest aims to change that.

1) Order at least 1 photo print right now. (Seriously, it won't take long, do it now!) It doesn't matter if you pick it up in store or it's delivered to your house, as long as you end up with a print in your hand.

2) That's it!

Suggestions:

-Order from Picture Perfect. Their quality is the best we've found to date. 

-Try Printstagram, which prints your Instagram photos for you. How cool is that? 

-If anybody else has a suggestion, leave it in the comments below!

Micro Quest - All That Came Before - 50

Objective:

Write a letter to your future self.

Details:

What if you could talk to the you that exists 10 years from today? What would you tell them? In 10 years, what you are doing today will be history. Preserve a bit of history for your future self by recording pieces of your daily life. Consider writing about your life now, your hopes for the future, and where you think the world will be in 10 years. 

1) Gather your materials. You could use stationary customized for this purpose, a website that promises to send your e-mail at the correct time, or simply use paper and an envelope. 

2) Write a letter to your future self. Clearly mark the letter as to be opened in 2025.

3) Arrange for that letter to be opened/read in 2025.

4) Comment below and let us know that you completed the objective.

Micro Quest - All That Came Before - 50

 

Objective: 

Test your chronological deduction skills with the Timeline Matchup puzzle. 

Details:

1) Download and print the All That Came Before Timeline Matchup puzzle.

2) Without researching the answers, draw a line between each date and its corresponding historical event. Keep in mind that this is meant to be a light activity, so don't stress too much about getting it right.

4) Go to the site provided on the bottom of the puzzle to check your answers.

5) You're done! We'd love it if you left a comment below telling us that you completed the micro quest and letting us know how many you got right.

All That Came Before - Find - 400

Video from Groundspeak

Objective:

Find a geocache that was hidden in the year 2000.

Details:

This isn't an easy one! However, at 400 points, we don't intend it to be. However, finding a cache during the year it all began is bound to be an amazing adventure. And isn't that what it's all about anyway?

1) Identify a geocache that you have not previously found, that was hidden in the year 2000.

While in almost every instance, activities done prior to a quest's release don't count toward completing an objective, we are making an exception here due to the very limited number of caches hidden in 2000. If, and only if, you have previously found and logged five or more caches hidden in the year 2000, you may find any unfound cache hidden in the year 2000 or 2001 to fulfill this objective. 

2) Find the geocache you identified!

3) Take a photo to document your adventure and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts and #Geocaching.

4) Tell us about your experience in the comments below. Leave a link to the listing of your hide so that we can search for it when in the area!

Not familiar with geocaching? Watch this video by Groundspeak, the #1 lister of geocaches. We highly suggest you find a few easy, local caches before setting out on this adventure.

 

 

 

All That Came Before - DIY - 300

Objective:

Build a picture frame to showcase a moment of history.

Details:

1) Build a picture frame. 

We want you to get creative here! Make sure that you combine two or materials (Wood + Staples, Frame + String + Clothespins) and end up with something that displays at least one photo. 

Need inspiration? Check out these DIY photo frames:

-A simple wooden frame.

-String frames

-DIY clipboard frames

2) Take a photo of your results. Post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts and #AnimalTreat. You can also share your experiences in our Facebook group.

Remember, if you post to a public Instagram or Twitter account your photo will show up on our Scout Board for other Quest Scouts to enjoy and comment on.

2) Post a photo of your frame to Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook Group. If posting to Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #questscouts and #DIYframe. 

3) Describe what you made in the comments below. What instructions, if any, did you use? How did it turn out?

All That Came Before - Photography - 100

Objective:

Identify, locate and photograph the item you currently own, and have owned, for the longest amount of time.

Details:

1) Identify and locate the item you currently own, and have owned, for the longest amount of time.

2) Take an artistic photo of the item. Take into account lighting and background to help tell the story of your relationship to the item. Your goal is to convey, to the best of your ability, what the item means to you through your photograph. 

3) Post the photograph, along with a brief history of the item, on Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook Group.

If posting to Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #questscouts and #longestowned. (As always, public accounts allow other Quest Scouts to view your work. If you don't have a public account, consider creating one!)

All That Came Before - Art - 200

Objective:

Visit the previously researched building and sketch it.

Details:

1) Bring along a sketch book and visit the oldest building in your town or city. (Do the research objective first to identify the building you'll visit.)

2) Sketch the building. (If it's cold or rainy, you can photograph the building in person and then sketch from home. Make sure you visit the building prior to sketching!)

3) Post a photo of your game to to Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook Group. If posting to Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #questscouts and #historicalsketch.

All That Came Before - Research - 50

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Objective:

Identify, locate and share the oldest standing building in your town or city.

Details:

1) Identify and locate the oldest standing building in your* town or city.

2) Share the building and location in the comments below. 

Notes:

*Feel free to choose a neighboring town/city, or a town/city that you plan to visit. You are not required to visit the building to claim points for this objective.

 

 

All That Came Before - Visit - 300

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This objective asks you to visit historical markers. What counts as a historical marker? Any plaque that marks a historical event or location is a historical marker. The key is that unlike museums plaques, historical markers reside at the location where the history took place. You've probably seen signs while driving from point a to b that instruct you to pull to the side of the road for a short lesson in history. This objective asks you to do just that! For a list of historical markers, check out The Historical Marker Database

Objective:

Check out and read up to three historical markers.

Details:

1) Visit up to three historical markers. Each historical marker you visit earns you 100 points, with a maximum of 300 points earned.

2) Post a photo that documents each marker you visits, and post them to Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook Group.

If posting to Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #questscouts and #history. (Remember, using a public account will allow your fellow Quest Scouts to share in the fun.)

All That Came Before - Media - 150

 

Objective:

Watch and review one of the historical documentaries from the list provided.

Details:

1) Choose and watch one of the documentaries listed below. 

2) Let us know which documentary you watched and what you thought of it in the comments below. 

Prohibition (Ep. 1) by Ken Burns

Available on: Netflix & Amazon

Mental: A History of the Madhouse by Chris Boulding and The BBC

Available on: Documentary Addict  

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Man on Wire by James Marsh

Available on NetflixAmazon 

All That Came Before - Literature - 300

"Writer and artist Lauren Redniss has created a unique work difficult to categorize. A blend of original art, photographs, graphics and text, “Radioactive” — the first “visual book” to be named a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction — is meant to be both read and experienced. She even created a typeface that makes you think the printed words were done by hand."

Her subject is Marie Curie, the most iconic of women scientists, and her husband, Pierre. The facts of their lives have been distilled to the absolute essence, yet embellished with well-chosen quotations that establish the emotional currents the couple experienced as the years progressed."

-Marcia Bartusiak, Washington Post

Objective:

Read Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie by Lauren Redniss.

Details:

1) Read Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie- A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss, in it's entirety. 

Check out the book from you local library, buy it at your local bookstore or get it on Amazon.

2) Write a short book review and post it in the comments below. Include 3 things you learned from Redniss' work. 

All That Came Before - Games - 200

 

Objective:

Play a game of Senet, the oldest recorded tabletop game in history.

Details:

The game of Senet is so old that we are uncertain of it's rules. However, there are educated guesses as to how the game is played.

1) Read the rules. While you can play any version you like, the rules compiled by Daniel U. Thibault are suggested. If you don't fully understand the game after the first read through, consider reading the rules a second time. When teaching a new game to a friend, it's a good idea to have a good grasp on the rules before starting.

2) Gather the supplies needed to play. You'll need a board, which you can print out, or draw yourself. You'll also need two sets of five identical pawns. Using five dimes and five nickels would work fine. Last, you'll need the four throwing sticks. There are examples online of people successfully using popsicle sticks for this purpose. 

3) Grab a friend to play with. Explain the rules and dive in.

4) Take a photo that documents your game experience and post it to Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook Group. If posting to Instagram or Twitter, use the tags with the tags #questscouts and #Senet. (As always, using a non-private account is best so we can see what you're up to!)

 

All That Came Before - Travel - 300

 

Objective:

Go to a history museum and share three facts you learned there.

Details:

1) Locate a history museum. This could be a huge museum, like The Field Museum of Natural History, or something much smaller, like the San Mateo County History Museum.

2) Visit the history museum you chose. Check out the exhibits inside, read plaques, and have a good time. While you're there, make sure to take note of at least three interesting facts.

3) Share your facts with us. You can either post them here in the comments below, or post them to Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook Group. If posting to Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #questscouts and #ATCBfacts.