Sparkle - Games - 150

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Objective:

Light a sparkler and let loose as it burns.

Details:

1) Obtain some sparklers. It might be easier to do this around the 4th of July, but they’re available online as well.

2) Light a sparkler and let loose. Most of you have experienced sparklers before. But when was the last time you lit one for yourself? Or heck, when was the last time you lit one and really loose?

After you light your sparkler, have fun with it. Run around! Swing it in circles. Be safe, but sparkle like no one is watching.

ATTENTION: This is obvious, but please be safe while you do this. Sparklers are fire, so don’t burn yourself.

3) (Optional) Have someone else take a photo as you enjoy the sparkler, the share it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

4) In the comments below, tell us how you let loose and how you felt while doing it.

Sparkle - Find - 400

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Objective:

Go metal detecting and find something shiny.

Details:

1) Acquire a metal detector. Ask around and see if you can borrow a detector from a friend. Rental is also an option, depending on where you live. This objective is worth 400 points in acknowledgement that obtaining a detector may take a fair amount of planning for some of you.

2) Choose an area to metal detect in. Beaches are usually a good choice, as you may find items lost by beachgoers, and digging in sand won’t disturb the environment. If you choose a non-sandy location, please make sure you’re allowed to dig in the area, and do so conscientiously.

3) Head out for a day of metal detecting! Spend at least two hours searching for treasure.

4) Take a photo of your of the items you dug up and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your hide in our Facebook group.

5) In the comments below, tell us about your day of metal detecting. How did you acquire your detector? Where did you detect at? How did you choose that location? What did you find? Did anything interesting happen? Did you have a good time? 

Sparkle - DIY - 200

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Objective:

Create a glittering craft project.

Details:

1) Identify a glitter craft project that you’d like to try. We’ve provided a list below for inspiration, but you’re welcome to choose a project from any source.

Inspiration:

Glitter Confetti Clock

Glitter Photo Frames (For your fridge!)

Glitter Speckled Mugs

Happy Glitter Rocks (Use googly eyes!)

Glass Glitter Magnets

2) Make your project!

3) Take a photo to of your finished glitter craft and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your experience in our Facebook group.

4) In the comments below, describe your glitter craft adventure. What did you make? What tutorial, if any, did you use? What type of glitter did you use? Was it any fun? Did anything interesting happen? Did you learn anything? Most importantly, how did your project turn out?

 

Sparkle - DIY - 150

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Objective:

Crack open a geode.

Details:

1) Watch All About Geodes and How They Are Formed from JTV.

2) Aquire your geode. You can find them on Amazon, but unless you arrange a cost split with fellow scouts finding them locally in smaller quantities might be a better option. (Try toy stores or museum gift shops!)

3) Decide on your geode cracking method. Spend a while researching methods to split geodes. You can do this simply with a sock and hammer, or use more sophisticated tools. Pro tip: If you plan on tackling the visit objective by traveling to a gem show, vendors often offer the chance to crack open a geode.

IMPORTANT!!!: Whatever you do, please be safe! If you’re not up to this, team up with someone who is! Safety first!!! Know your limits and act accordingly.

4) Crack open your geode. (With or without assistance. See #3)

5) Oooooooooo! Check out what’s inside!

6) Take a photo of your geode and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

7) In the comments below, describe your experience. Where did you get your geode? What was the process of cracking it open like for you? What did you find inside?

Sparkle - DIY - 150

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Objective:

Don a sparkling look through the aide of glitter.

Details:

Some of your will love this objective! Others might feel a little hesitant for a variety of reasons. Even if you’re not the glittery type, you’re encouraged to give this a try. Push yourself out of your comfort zone! Think of this as a bit of a sociological experiment.

1) Acquire body glitter. Body glitters come in a variety of shades and shapes. Search around and buy one that you like. (Or borrow some from a friend!)

2) Glitter it up! Apply the glitter anywhere you’d like, as long as it’s visible.

3) Wear the glitter for a full day. You can stay home, grocery shop, go to a party- whatever you’d like!

3) ) (Optional) Take a photo of yourself wearing the glitter and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your experience in our Facebook group. (We’d love it if you all choose to share a photo of your glitter-fied self, but if you’re not comfortable skip it.)

4) In the comments below, let us know how your day of glitter went. What sort of glitter did you wear? What did it look like? Did you stay in or go out? How did other people react (or not react) to your glitter? Did you have fun with the objective, or not enjoy it?

 

Sparkle - Visit - 300

Objective:

Attend a gem, rock and/or mineral show.

Details:

1) Identify a gem, rock and/or show you’d like to attend. These shows are events during which enthusiasts and vendors show off all sorts of cool sparkly treasures pulled from the earth.

Often called “gem and mineral“ or “rock and mineral” shows, the title matters less than what is shown.

Make sure that your event:

-Is “Limited Time” (Meaning that it isn’t a permanent display, but rather one time or seasonal)
-Showcases gems, rocks and/or minerals

For this objective you’ll most likely have to plan this out, mark it on your calendar, and wait for your chance to complete it.

2) Attend you gem, rock and/or mineral show.

3) While at the show, identify your favorite gem, rock or mineral on display. If possible, take a photo of it!

4) Share your photo from #3, as well as a description of what you’ve photographed, on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

If you couldn’t take a photo for #3, do your best to describe what you saw without the aide of a photo.

5) In the comments below, share which (a) show did you attended and (b) one or more interesting thing(s) you observed at the show.

Sparkle - Travel - 400

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Objective:

Mine a gemstone from the earth or a river.

Details:

At 400 points, this objective isn’t easy. However, we chose this objective because we think it will provide an epic experience you’ll remember for a lifetime and is worth the time and effort.

1) Identify a location where you can legally mine gemstones. Make sure you note whether there is a fee to enter, as well as what tools you might need in order to mine.

2) ROAD TRIP!!! Head out to your prospecting area and search for gems! Don’t quit until you’ve found at least one! (This is why the research in step one is important! Identifying a good area will help insure you walk away with a win.)

3) Create and share a field report!
Please make sure to mention the following in your report:

-Your research leading up to your adventure. Please include where you searched and what type of gemstone was present there.
-A description of the day (Who you were with, what was the weather like…)
-What you liked about your adventure.
-What, if anything, you found challenging about your adventure.
-Anything else you think we might find interesting!

Post your field report in the comments below.

4) Take a photo of the gemstones you mined and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

 

Sparkle - Literature - 300

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"Author Raden does a great job choosing subjects that are both interesting and significant, from the pearl that changed Tudor history to the role of Faberge eggs in the Russian Revolution to the conquistadors’ emeralds to how cultured pearls helped Japan become a world power. Her voice is entertaining and pacing is brisk, making Stoned a quick and fascinating read."

-Jane, Warrenville Public Library

Objective:

Literature: Read Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Radan.

Details:

1) Read Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Radan.

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

Prefer listening over reading? Grab the book on Audible!

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

Sparkle - Media - 150

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Objective:

Watch a "hidden gem" film suggested by a fellow scout.

Details:

According to the internet, a “hidden gem” “is an idiom which means something which is extremely outstanding and not many people may know about; for example, Blame It on Rio by Stanley Donen is a good movie, but relatively unknown by the mainstream world, hence a hidden gem.”

1) In the comments below, suggest a film you consider to be a hidden gem. Make it something you really enjoy, but that not many people have heard of. (If you’ve read this far, please do this ASAP so your fellow scouts will have plenty of options to choose from.)

2) Choose and watch a hidden gem film from the comments below.
IMPORTANT: The hidden gem should be a film you have never heard of before. That’s what makes it “hidden.”

3) Let us know what film you watched and what you thought of it in the comments below.

Stellar Micro Objective - Art - 50

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Quest Scouts inspires your to squeeze the most out of life while collecting real-life, physical badges. 

Objective:

Create "Index Card Art" inspired by the provided prompt.

Details:

This micro quest is part of our ongoing series, "index card art." We chose index cards for two reasons. First, index cards are inexpensive and readily available. We don't expect that it will be difficult for any of you to procure an index card. Second, many who don't consider themselves "artists" tend to stress about creating or sharing art. Using an index card instead of a sketch book lends itself to silliness. Have fun with the prompt! We're not looking for perfection, just a good time. You can save your index cards and look back at them over time, or throw them away. The choice is up to you!

1) Gather your supplies. You'll need an index card (4x6 or 5x7) and something to draw with. (Pencil, pen, markers... you get the point!)

2) Interpret the prompt below to make your index card art.

A GALAXY OF MY OWN

 

3) Take a photo of your art and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your art in our Facebook group.

Stellar Micro Objective - Art - 50

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Quest Scouts inspires your to squeeze the most out of life while collecting real-life, physical badges. 

Objective:

Make yourself a handful of mini origami stars.

Details:

1) Choose a tutorial for mini origami stars. (Sometimes called Lucky Paper Stars.) You’re looking specifically for very small, puffy stars made out of one long thin strip of paper. We used this tutorial at Quest Scouts Central and it worked well, but we know different styles of instruction work best for different types of learners. This one looks promising as well.

2) Gather your supplies! All you need are long thin strips of paper. If you order a Stellar badge, we’ll send you a few double sided strips with your order! Otherwise, it’s not too hard to cut your own strips.

3) Make your stars. We suggest you make five or more, but don’t stress about it if you make less. (This is supposed to be relaxing!) 

4) Take a photo of your star(s) and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your art in our Facebook group.

Stellar Micro Objective - Photography - 50

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Quest Scouts inspires your to squeeze the most out of life while collecting real-life, physical badges. 

Objective:

Identify and share an image from the NASA Space Library.

Details:

1) Head over to the NASA Space Library.

2) Under the search bar, there are pre-checked boxes for Images, Video and Audio. For the purposes of this micro objective, we’re specifically interested in images. Uncheck the boxes for Video and Audio.

3) Choose a celestial body that is of interest to you and search for it.

4) Spend a few minutes browsing your result, and choose an image that it most interesting to you.

5) Share a link to you image, as well as the reason you chose it, in the comments below and/or in our Facebook Group.

 

Stellar - Games - 200

Objective:

Play a space themed game from the list provided.

Details:

1) Grab some friends and play one of the following galaxy themed games listed below.

Note: Links in green bring you to a Board Game Geek description. Clicking on each game image will bring you to Amazon.*

Race for the Galaxy. Build the best galactic civilization and win! This game contains iconography that takes some time to get used to, but once you understand the game is AMAZING.

Galaxy Trucker. You’re a space smuggler doing your best to make a (not so honest) living. Build your ship and then set out. The catch? You need to make sure your ship is strong enough to make it to its destination. This game has tons of cool pieces that make for a very tactical experience.

Alien Frontiers. Are you ready to colonize space? Compete for resources as you settle on this alien frontier.

Space Cadets: Dice Duel. A “team vs. team” dice rolling space combat game. Each member of your team has a job to do. Will you be able to work together and win?

Star Realms. This game is a 1 vs. 1 player space combat. Very fun, as well as affordable.

2) Post a photo of yourself playing the space themed game you chose on Twitter or Instagram with the tags #QuestScouts and #BoardGame.

Post a photo of yourself playing the space themed game you chose on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts and. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

*We encourage you to reach out to your community before buying new games. Maybe your neighbor's brother is a gamer and would love to teach you to play Galaxy Trucker. Or, if you're lucky enough to have a Friendly Local Gaming store, they probably have a couple of these titles for you to try before you buy. However, if that's not an option, clicking on any of the game images will bring you to an Amazon page. If you use our links, Quest Scouts gets a very small kick back. (Super small, but every bit counts!) So, if you're going to buy online anyway, consider using our links!

Stellar - Art - 250

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“The artist has to be a guardian
of the culture.”

-Robert Longo

Objective:

Paint an imitation of The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.

Details:

1) Spend about 20 minutes researching The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. First, watch Better Know: The Starry Night from The Art Assignment. Then, find yourself a copy of The Starry Night (whether digital or physical) and examine the painting. Note the fine details of the painting.

2) ) Gather your materials. You’ll need:

  • Thick paint (Van Gogh used oil, but use acrylic or any thick paint you’d like.Definitely not water color.)
    Note: The purpose of this objective, in part, is for you to work with paint. Please don’t substitute another medium.

  • Brushed (Both a thick and thin brush)

  • Canvas or paper

3) Paint a recreation of The Starry Night. While of course your painting won’t end up an exact replica, and throwing in your own style is fine, we want you to do your best to paint The Starry Night close to how Van Gogh envisioned it.

If you're feeling lost, there are a bunch of great tutorials on youtube.

Note: Make sure you allocate enough time for this objective. Painting isn’t a quick activity, and we don’t want you to feel rushed and get frustrated.

4) Take a photo of your painted version of The Starry Night and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your art in our Facebook group.

Stellar - DIY - 100

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Objective:

Construct a Froebel Star.

Details:

Froebel Stars are three dimensional paper starts of German origin. They’re generally thought of as Christmas decorations. Let’s make one!

1) Choose a Froebel Star tutorial you’d like to follow. This one looks promising. Or you could try a fabric star! Or, find a tutorial you like better!

2) Make your star! We hope that you’ll take this time to relax and enjoy yourself as you craft. Maybe invite a friend to create along with you.

3) Take a photo of your Froebel Star and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your experience in our Facebook group.

4) In the comments below, let us know which tutorial you used and how your star turned out.