This issue of CONNECT was sent to our mailing list on January 14, 2016.
This issue of CONNECT was sent to our mailing list on January 14, 2016.
This issue of CONNECT was sent to our mailing list on January 7th, 2015.
Hello! My name is Dylan, caching name Mannard, and I'm the founder of Quest Scouts. I've been caching since 2006, and was inspired to create Quest Scouts while going for my goal caches of the 2014, (GC9614) Halfdome and (GC2JWK8) Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Each month, Quest Scouts issues a new quest with its own theme. For instance, we recently released our first ever monthly quest, "All That Came Before," which is all about history.
Each quest has a variety of objectives to choose from, in categories like travel, visit, art, DIY, literature, media, find and more. Completing objectives earns you points, which vary depending on the amount of time and level of difficulty of the objective. Earn the required amount of points and you'v completed your quest!
One of the great things about geocaching is being able to look back at your achievements. I for one am a huge fan of looking at geocoins from past events or coin challenges and remembering what it took me to "earn" them.
Every quest in quest scouts has its own, uniquely designed badge! The Quest Scouts Code dictates that while you can buy a badge at any point, you should not display it until after you've completed your quest. Every quest's badges come in two forms, sticky and tag.
The sticky badge is meant to be adhered inside your badge book. Our 2015 Badge Book has a place for every monthly quest, as well as the four "special quests" we'll be offering. Tag badges are metal tags slightly larger than a nickel. They've got a hole in them, which makes them perfect for hanging!
Badges "retire" after the quest expires, so make sure to collect what you need while they're available.
Want to be the first to get our badges, a Quest Card and other goodies sent to your door each month?
When I started caching in 2006, the thing I loved most about it was the places it brought me. Sure, I love moving travel bugs and searching through swag as much as the next guy, but what I really love in hiking to the top of mountains, exploring city art installations and finding amazing locations I never would have known about.
As I explained before, monthly quests have recurring objective themes. Two of the objectives geocachers will absolutely LOVE our "Visit" and "Travel" objectives. The travel objective asks you to road trip to new, interesting locations. For example, this month's history themed travel objective asks you to find historical landmarks.
The visit objective is similar to the travel objective, but usually involves admission of some sort. This month we're visiting history museums and sharing what we learned there.
While I still find new, interesting places while geocaching, with the cache density of 2015, it's hard to know whether or not a cache is placed because the location is awesome, or because somebody saw a blank spot that "needed a cache." (To each there own! I'm not judging.) Let Quest Scouts travel and visit objectives help you choose which locations you should visit, and make sure to cache while you're there!
Ok, ok, it isn't ALL about the find. But as a geocacher, there is something satisfying about finding and signing the logbook.
One of our monthly objectives is called "find," and focuses on location based games. While not always the case, a lot of the time our find objective will involve geocaching. The history find objective for the month asks you to find a geocache hidden in 2000, the year Dave Ulmer hid the first original geocache.
So, if you were to complete this month's find objective, you would not only fill in a Jasmer square, you'd also get 300 points toward the All That Came Before quest!
I love my geocaching family. The friends that I cache with will be friends for life. Quest Scouts embraces the geocaching community. While not all Quest Scouts are geocachers, many of us will be! As Quest Scouts grows I hope to meet many of you at caching events all around the world. We want to be at events like the Geocaching Block Party, Midwest Geobash and Geowoodstock, offering event specific quests and badges.
If you're interested in getting involved in Quest Scouts, check out our currently active quests! Also, consider following us on Facebook, as that is often the first place we post about what we're up to. We also have a mailing list!
Happy New Year Quest Scouts!
January 1st is always a time for fresh starts and new beginnings, and at Quest Scouts Central the new year is especially significant. Last year, we introduced Quest Scouts to the world in a small way. We offered two special quests, 31 Micro Quests & Mission: Kickstart.
With the confidence of two successful quests under our belt (Mission: Kickstart has expired, and 31 Micro Quests expires February 1st,) we are moving into the new year with our official launch! What does this mean? First, it means MORE QUESTS! Quest Scouts will plans to bring you twelve 2015 monthly quests and four special quests.
Announcing our 2015 Quests!
2015 Monthly Quests
All That Came Before (Now Active!)
Prism & Light
Such Great Heights
On The Menu
Paper & Ink
2015 Special Quests
Postcards & Places
Micro Quest BINGO
We’re excited to reveal these quests over the next year, and hope that you will join us! As always, participating in Quest Scouts is free. However, signing up for a membership (starting at $4.99) will help us to continue making Quest Scouts awesome. Members get a Scout Pack delivered to their door each month*, access to a monthly 50 point micro quest, and printer friendly quest cards.
*Scout Packs delivered to “Scout Pack” and “Scout Pack+” members only.
As many of you know, we ran a successful Kickstarter to raise funds to print our badge books! Our graphic designer is finishing up the details of the books now, and we’re on track to deliver them in February. The badge books will have a spot for every 2015 badge, as well as our two 2014 quests. Use one side of the book to record your points and other notes, and the other side to place your badge. If you missed your chance, don’t worry. You can currently pre-order a book while signing up for a membership.
That’s all for now! If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to check out All That Came Before, our history themed quest.
This weekend I focused on the "travel" objective. Actually, I did a double dose of travel, first by completing my objective at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals on Saturday, and then helping Tyler to complete his on Sunday. While I had searched to see if it was feasible to travel to a meteorite impact site, after some research I realized that wouldn't be possible by the expiration date.
Click above for an interactive meteorite map!
I had written the idea of seeing a meteor off, but then was inspired by Quest Scouts Melissa and Josh, who posted an amazing photo of a meteorite from the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Michigan. Of course! A museum! (Not sure why I didn't think that meteors would be moved from their initial positions.) It turns out there was an impressive display of meteors in Hillsboro, OR. My friends Emily, DL and I checked it out, and wow!
The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals did not disappoint me. If you're ever in the Portland area, it is definitely worth a visit.
The only thing better than a weekend that involves a museum, is a weekend that involves TWO museums. Tyler and I headed over to OMSI to complete his travel objective. They have a replica of the Gemini Space Capsule. And yes, Tyler's travel objective photo is the best I've seen so far!
As I write this, there is only a few days left to get your Mission: Kickstart objectives complete! Get going. As always, we love seeing your photos and comments pop up on the Scout Board when you use the tag #questscouts on a public Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account. Keep them coming!
Last weekend Tyler and I set out to complete the "geocache" objective for Mission: Kickstart. It had been a while since I'd been geocaching and really enjoyed finding and logging new caches. We ended up finding two caches and walking several miles. Good exercise, good company and 300 points in the bag!
Check out what Gerry, founder/leader of Quest Scouts Michigan did! (Below) Instead of hand written notes, he designed and printed up business cards to spread the word. Awesome work!
Want to have your photos and/or story featured? Next week we'll be spotlighting the "travel" objective. Send us a note at questscouts@gmail.
Have you dropped a note about Quest Scouts in a geocache yet? If so, let us know about it in the comments below!
(Note: This post was originally sent through e-mail to our subscribers.)
One of the things most important to Quest Scouts is CONNECTION. We realized that while we’re continuously posting online, you may be missing us because we aren’t following a discernible schedule. It’s time to change that! For the next few weeks, this is what you can expect from us:
Tuesday, 2:00 PST- New Micro Quest!
Every Tuesday we’ll be posting a new micro quest. Micro Quests are like objectives. They are help make up a quest and provide points to be used toward the completion of that quest. The difference between micro quests and objectives is that micro quests are revealed not when the quest is revealed, but instead on a specific date. Look for micro quests for Mission: Kickstart underneath the objectives.
Wednesday, 12:00 PST- QUESTION OF THE wednesDAY
Every week we’ll be posing a question and we hope you’ll take a moment to answer it. Questions will range from simple to thought provoking to serious. If we need feedback from our members in order to help shape the direction of Quest Scouts, this is where we’ll ask for it. For now, our QOTW will be posted in the comments section of our Kickstarter page. We’re posting them there in hopes of getting a conversation started on Kickstarter. (Last weeks question is up now if you'd like to check it out.)
Thursday, 2:00 PST- Objective Highlight
First off, the name needs work. (Any ideas?) That being said, every week we will highlight an objective in an active quest. Objective highlights will (most often) feature me (Dylan, founder of Quest Scouts) and my crew completing an talking about an objective and letting all of you know how it went. This is an evolving idea so stay tuned to see how it ends up.
Friday, 12:00 PST- Check-In
This is a chance to let your fellow Quest Scouts know where you are! Each week we’ll post a check in asking how many points you’ve earned toward the most current quest. Feel free to share with us what objectives you’ve finished as well as stories of the adventures you’ve been on. For now we’re posting the check-ins on our Facebook Page, but may soon be moving them to our website. (We'll keep you posted.)
We hope to see your comments in some (or all) of what’s to come. You know where to find us!
Hi Quest Scouts!
As I'm writing this it is Thanksgiving morning. I am at home and still need to start making my mom's famous "once a year potatoes." I hope all of you are well fed, happy and surrounded by friends today.
This is the first of many "objective spotlights." (If you can think of a better name than "objective spotlight," please let us know in the comments below!) Objective spotlights will be released here every week and will shine light on one or more objectives from currently active quests. We never ask you to complete quests that we wouldn't do ourselves, and are right here with you learning, creating, connecting and discovering. Check here every Thursday at 2:00 PST to see what we've been up to!
This objective asked you to help us spread the word about Quest Scouts through creating posters and hanging them in public areas. I decided it would be more fun to do this with a group, and invited my friends Maura, Kendra and Tyler (you'll be seeing a lot more of them) over for a "poster party." A couple beers and a lot of laughs later and our posters were done! Well, half done. We still need to put our posters up in order to collect our points. I'll be sure to post a photo on our Instagram when the objective is 100% complete!
Have you completed this objective? If so, how was it? If not, do you plan to? Let us know in the comments below!
That's all for now!
What is it?
This October, Quest Scouts wants to disrupt your routine. Don't worry, this is a good thing. Too often, we get stuck in the same patterns. We wake up, get our work done for the day, and then spend the evening trying to relax and recover from the work we did. We do the same things over and over, and it all becomes automatic. Quest Scouts is about NOT going through the motions. We provide quests with objectives that help you step out of your routine and LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT & DISCOVER. Larger Quests are coming your way soon, but for October we're starting off easy.
Each day we will suggest a micro quest. Micro quests will take less than twenty minutes (think lunch break) and will be simple, fun activities that disrupt your daily routine (on a very small level) by introducing something new to the mix.
The first micro quest will be introduced October 1st, so don't miss it. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Ello and through our mailing list to make sure you don't miss this opportunity.