Up In Flames Micro Objective - Literature - 50


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


Read Jack London’s short story, “To Build a Fire” then re-write the protagonist’s adventure.


1) Read “To Build a Fire,” written by Jack London in 1908.

2) After reading, think about decisions our protagonist makes throughout his journey, and the outcomes that follow those decisions. What positive qualities does our protagonist have? What about negative qualities? What might our protagonist have done differently?

3) Just for fun, let’s re-write the ending of this story! Choose any point on page 78 to move the story in a different direction. Write 1-2 paragraphs that push our protagonist in a new direction.

4) Share your modified ending in the comments below!


Up In Flames Micro Objective - DIY - 50


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


Light a candle and relax in its glow.


This micro objective is what you make of it. Sure, it’s simple! But we hope that you’ll take this opportunity to create and appreciate an atmosphere of calm and relaxation. Enjoy!

1) Grab a candle! You certainly don’t have to, but this would be a great excuse to “treat yo self” to a brand new, slightly overpriced candle.

2) Wait for (or plan) a time where you can truly relax. Evening, or a nice rainy day, would be great.

3) Light your candle and relax. Read a book, work on a puzzle, listen to music- do whatever you want!

4) In the comments below, describe your relaxing moment. What did the candle feel/smell like? What activity did you partake in?


Up In Flames - Media - 150



Watch one of the fire themed movies or documentaries from the list provided.


1) Watch one of the fire themed movies or documentaries listed below.

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

Fire At Sea

Available through Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

Woman On Fire

Available through Amazon Prime Video

Trial by Fire (aka Smoke Jumper)

Available through Netflix DVD 

Up In Flames - Literature - 300

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than
any dream made or paid for in factories.” 

– Ray Bradbury, Farenheit 451


Choose and read a highly combustable book from our fiery reading list.


1) Choose and read a fire themed book from the list provided.

Quest Scouts Fiery Reading List:

The Big Burn: Teddy Rosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Blaze: The Forensics of Fire by Nicholas Faith

Would you like to suggest we add a book to the list? E-Mail your suggestion to hello@questscouts.com with the subject line "This Book Is On Fire!" before November 1st and we'll consider it. (We’ll only be adding 1-2 books to the list.) As it will be much easier to keep track of suggestions if they're all in one place, only e-mailed suggestions will be considered. Please keep suggestions to only one book per person. 

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

3) Read the book! (Listening to the audio version is ok too!)

3) Write a short book review and post it in the comments below. Include the title, author, and things that you liked or disliked about the book. If you read a non-fiction book, also include 3 things you learned while reading. 

Up In Flames - Photography - 250


“If your house was burning, what would
you take with you? It's a conflict
between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take
reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.”

-Foster Huntington


Take a “Burning House Project” photo.


1) Spend some time checking out the photos at The Burning House Project.

2) Take a day or two to contemplate what you would bring with you if you only had a few moments to evacuate your house. (Of course, in an actual fire, many don’t have this luxury. This is a best case scenario, hypothetical exercise.) Don’t skip this step! This is as much a thought exercise as it is a photography objective.

3) Take your own Burning House Project photo, and write a caption to go along with it. Your caption may be a simple list of the items pictured, or a more detailed explanation of why and how you chose the items you did.

4) Share your photo and caption on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. You can also share your experiences in our Facebook group.

Note: If your photo is too personal, you may choose not to share on social media. It’s fine to keep this objective to yourself.


Up In Flames - Travel - 300

“It is not light that we need, but fire;
it is not the gentle shower, but
thunder. We need the storm,
the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”

-Frederick Douglass


Attend a fire centric festival or community event.


1) Identify an upcoming fire centric event. This might take a bit of research and planning.


Festivals, like Michigan Nordic Fire Festival or the Redding Fire Festival.

Fire safety demonstrations, like those that happen at Florida Fire Fest.

Fire station open house demonstrations, like those put on by Roanoke Texas

Community marshmallow roasts, like the one thrown by the Town of Tecumseh in Ontatio, Canada.

Note: 1) Key to this objective is the community aspect. We're not looking for an event at your house, or a friends house. We're looking for a public event related to fire. 2) There should be live fire, as in actual flames, as a component of the event you choose. 

2) Go to the event! 

3) Take a photo at the event and post 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, describe your fire filled adventure. Who did you go with? Was it any fun? Did anything interesting happen? Did you learn anything?


Up In Flames - Visit - 300


Dine at a fondue restaurant.


1) Identify a fondue restaurant you’d like to try. This might be a restaurant that specializes in fondue, or a restaurant that simply has fondue as an option on the menu. If you’ve been to a fondue restaurant before, consider trying out a new restaurant or ordering a cheese outside your comfort zone.

Alternative Objective: Instead of dining out, prepare and serve fondue at home. Use fancy cheeses if at all possible! Please note, we encourage you to dine out for this objective! Even if it takes advanced planning, we think it will be worth the effort. However, we’re allowing this alternative due to potential geographic, financial and/or dietary issues.

2) Visit the fondue restaurant. Make sure to eat up and have a great time.

3) Take a photo while at the fondue restaurant and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your fondue photos in our Facebook group.

4) In the comments below, describe your fondue dining experience. Where did you go? What type of cheese(s) and additional ingredients did your fondue contain? Was this your first time at a fondue restaurant? What made this trip special?

Up In Flames - Art - 250


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

-Robert Longo


Try your hand at drawing with charcoal sticks.


1) Use your research skills to identify and view charcoal drawings. You could do this through your computer, at a library, at an art gallery, or even a museum. Spend 30-45 minutes exploring the world of charcoal art. Making sure you commit some quality time to exploring other’s use of charcoal in drawing will help fuel an appreciation for the medium and its artists.

2) In the comments below, share the charcoal artist whose work you enjoyed the most. Make sure to describe the artist’s work and what you liked about it.

3) Gather your materials. You’ll need:

  • Charcoal Sticks

  • Rough Paper (They sell charcoal specific paper, but any rough paper will do.)

  • Paper Towel or Blending Stump

4) Create! We're leaving this objective wide open as some of you might be charcoal pros, while others will be brand new to the medium. If you've never used charcoal before, start by making patterns. If you're a little more advanced (or simply feeling adventurous,) consider creating a drawing inspired by your previous research.

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

Note: The most important thing here is that you spend time with the charcoal. In order to complete this objective you should spend at least 45 minutes exploring the medium. This is a high point art objective, and deserves a fair effort.

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

6) In the comments below, In addition to sharing the artist whose work you enjoyed (#2), describe your experience creating with charcoal.  

Up In Flames - Photography - 150



Take an A+ photo lit only by firelight.


1) Obtain a non-camera phone. Camera phones are great, but they don’t work well in low light. For this objective you’ll need a point and shoot or something fancier. The key here is that you should be able to adjust camera settings. If you don’t own one, consider borrowing a camera from a friend who does.

2) Watch Firelight Photography: Getting the Shot with Corey Rich. If you’re using a point and shoot camera, follow up with How to Photograph Fire. You may also want to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the camera you’re using.

3) Choose your subject. Do you want to take a photograph of a person lit by fire? What about a fire itself? A landscape illuminated by fire? The choice is up to you.

4) Using the tips you learned from the above video(s), take your photo. In fact, take a bunch of photos! The more photos you take, the more likely you are to get something you’re proud of.

5) Choose your best fire illuminated shot and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.


Up In Flames - Find - 300



Create a hide that highlights fire or fire safety.


1) Choose a fire related theme that appeals to you.

Need some inspiration? What about…

  • Smokey The Bear

  • Fire Safety Tips

  • A historical fire

  • Firefighters

  • Fire Lookouts

2) Create a geocache or letterbox that highlights your fire theme.

IMPORTANT! We want the theme of your hide to scream fire! (Just don’t hide it in a crowded theatre…) Simply naming it with a fire themed is not enough.

Your hide should utilize AT LEAST TWO of the following:

  • A name that alludes to your theme

  • An in theme logbook

  • An in theme container

  • A stamp relevant to your theme (Letterboxes, Letterbox Hybrids)

  • Written information about your theme (Teach them something!)

  • Be hidden at a relevant location

3) Hide, submit and have your hide approved.

4) Take a photo of your hide (either at it’s resting place or in progress) and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your hide in our Facebook group.

5) Give us a link to your hide in the comments below.

*A "find/hide" can be either a geocache or letterbox. Not familiar with either? Watch this video by Groundspeak, the #1 lister of geocaches or read about letterboxing from Atlas Quest. However, if you've never geocached or letterboxed, we highly suggest you start with a different find objective. It's best to make 100+ finds before you hide.


Up In Flames - DIY - 300


“We are not here to curse the darkness,
but to light the candle that can
guide us thru that darkness to a safe
and sane future.”

-John F Kennedy


Make your own wax candles.


1) Browse the web and choose a candle making technique that you’d like to try. Dipped Candles? Jar Candles? Beeswax Candles? The choice is up to you! If you’ve made candles before, consider trying a new technique.


Beachside Sand Candles

Evergreen & Herb mason jar candles

Olive Oil scented candle

Wrapped Beeswax Candles

Leftover Crayon Candle

2) Make your candle!

3) Take a photo to document your candle making 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 candle making adventure. What type of candle did you make? What tutorial, if any, did you use? Was it any fun? Did anything interesting happen? Did you learn anything? Most importantly, how did the candles turn out?


Making Cents - Literature - 150 each (450 max)

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Send a personalized message about Quest Scouts to someone you think might like to join us.


1) Take a few moments to think about the reasons you enjoy Quest Scouts. What is it about Quest Scouts that benefits your life?

2) Referencing the reasons why Quest Scouts has changed your life for the better, identify between one and three people you feel might also benefit from being a part of the Quest Scouts community. 

3) Quest Scouts can be a bit confusing for new people. They often don't understand how Quest Scouts will fit into their lives. For each person you identified, consider the best way to drop them a note. The more considerate you are here, the more likely the person will be to check out our community.

-Send them a Quest Scouts postcard
(If you've ordered badges from us, you've probably noticed our packaging doubles as a postcard!)
-Write a hand written letter
(We promise we won't tell your computer!)
While something hand written is preferable, if you think e-mail is the best way to go, do it!

4) Write and send! Write to your new recruits in whatever way you planned. Make sure to explain why you feel they should give Quest Scouts a try.

5) In the comments below, let us know how many people you reached out to, and what methods you used to reach out.

6) Thank you for being awesome! Collect 150 points per person you wrote to, up to 450 points.

Making Cents - Travel - 100 Each (500 max)

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Print (or draw) five Quest Scouts fliers and hang them in highly trafficked areas.


1) Aquire between one and five fliers that advertise Quest Scouts. You can print ours or make your own!

2) Hang your fliers in locations you feel will be most productive.

3) In the comments below, tell us how many fliers you posted and where you posted them.


Making Cents - Visit - 250


Browse a dollar store and buy the most ridiculous item you can find.


1) Head to a dollar store. (It might be fun to listen to the media objective on the way!) Make sure to bring a dollar with you!

2) Browse the dollar store with hilarity in mind. What is the most funny, or most strange item you can find?

3) You know that item you identified. The strange/funny one? Buy it!

4) Take a photo of what you bought and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. You can also share your experiences in our Facebook group.

5) In the comments below, describe your dollar store adventure. Who did you go with? Was it any fun? Did anything interesting happen?

Making Cents - Research - 100



Check out the design of your state's quarter and dig deeper into its history.


1) Take a look at your state's quarter. We even did the googling for you- Wikipedia has an image of each quarter!

2) Note the unique image and wording on your state's quarter.

3) It's research time! Spend 15-30 minutes researching what is depicted on your quarter.

4) In the comments below, list:

A- Your state
B- A description of your state's quarter
C- Three interesting facts you learned while researching

Making Cents - Photography - 100



Use social media, photography and writing to explain why you enjoy Quest Scouts.


Social media is an easy yet effective way for you to help us get the word out about Quest Scouts. 

1) Take a photo that represent your love for Quest Scouts. Perhaps a photo of you working on an objective? Or you in your Quest Scouts t-shirt?

2) Post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Include in your photo's description the "Top 3 Reasons I Love Quest Scouts." Then, list all five reasons. 

Sample Text:

Top 3 Reasons I Love Quest Scouts!
1) It inspires me to get out and do things outside my comfort zone.
2) The community is filled with fun, interesting people.
3) The travel objectives always make geocaching more interesting.