Up In Flames Micro Objective - Research - 50


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


Spend some time researching fire starting techniques.


1) Spend 15+ minutes researching fire starting techniques. You could research survivalist fire starting, or simply the most efficient way to start a campfire.

2) When you’re through with your research, post something you learned from your research in the comments below.

Fowl Play - Travel - 300

“I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Our everyday lives obscure a truth about existence - that at the heart of everything there lies a stillness and a light.” 

-Lynn Thomson


Set off for a day of birding.


1) Watch Birdwatching for Beginners with Barbara Hannah Gufferman and Two Tips for Beginner Birdwatchers from Stefano Ianiro.

2) (Optional) If you feel that you’d like a more thorough introduction, watch The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America.

3) Find the Audubon Society chapter closest to you. Some chapters have their own websites, while others have only a Facebook page.

4) With help of the Audubon Society, learn about the “Birding Hotspots” in your area. Note: Please do not skip this step.

5) From this list you gathered with the help of the Audubon Society, choose an area to go birding in.

6) Gather your supplies. At the least, you’ll need a bird field guide for your area and a method for recording information.

7) Go birding! Head out for an afternoon (at least one hour) of birding. Do your best to identify and record each bird that you see. (At a minimum, make sure to identify at least one bird with your guide.)

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

-Your local Audubon Chapter
-Where you went birding
-A description of the day (Who you were with, the weather…)
-A list of birds you saw (At least one, and hopefully more, identified with your guide.)
-What you like(d) about birding
-What you found challenging about birding

Post your field report in the comments below.

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


Fowl Play - Visit - 300


Head to a natural history museum and search for their bird collection.


1) Identify a natural history museum you’d like to visit. Make sure to do a bit of research and make sure the museum you choose has a collection of birds on display.

2) Visit the natural history museum and head to their bird collection. Spend more time with the bird collection than you normally might, focusing on the birds in detail. If there is information available about these birds, make sure to read it!

3) While in the museum, collect three interesting facts or observations. Report your facts/observations in the comments below.

5) Take a photo of yourself in front of the bird collection to document your experience. (Note: If, and only if, photography isn’t permitted, choose an alternative photo opportunity.) Post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. You can also share your experiences in our Facebook group.

Fowl Play - Visit - 300


Check out an aviary or feed/hold a bird at a zoo.


1) Identify an aviary OR a zoo with an aviary. An aviary is a large enclosure. For the purposes of this objective, the aviary should allow the public to enter the aviary, leaving no fencing between you and the birds. (There may be areas where you cannot walk, but there should be no cage between you and the birds.) While some aviaries stand alone, many are attached to zoos.

2) Travel to and enter the aviary! If the aviary allows you to feed or hold the birds, do it!

3) Take a photo of yourself while inside the aviary 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 experience. Where did you go? Who did you go with? Describe the bird habitat within the aviary. What type of birds existed within the aviary? How close were you to the birds? Did you feed or hold the birds?

Fowl Play - Research - 200



Dissect an owl pellet.


1) Watch How Bird Vomit Helps Us Understand History from The Brain Scoop and The Amazing Owls: Pellet Dissection from The Audubon Society.

2) (Optional) If you’re interested in a more detailed dissection tutorial, check out How to Dissect an Owl Pellet from Scott Brooks.

3) Aquire your supplies. At a minimum, you’ll need an owl pellet and an identification sheet. You can get them at Pellets.com, Amazon, or, ya know, somewhere else. There are a ton of identification sheets available online, but if you don’t want to search for your favorite this one from Nature Watch seems solid.

4) Dissect your owl pellet.

5) Sort and identify the bones you found using your identification sheet.

6) Take a photo to document your experience and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.
Note: Owl pellet dissection won’t be everyone’s jam, as while interesting it’s also kinda gross. Some scouts will choose not to do this objective for that reason. Out of respect, let’s try to share photos that won’t make the more squeamish scouts queasy.

7) In the comments below, describe your experience. Where did you get your pellet? What was the process of dissection like for you? What bones did you identify? Could you tell what animal they were from?

Fowl Play - Art - 200


“After a thousand watercolors you
will find you have fallen in love
with paper and paint.”

-Rex Brandt


Find a feather then create a watercolor painting of it.


1) Gather your art materials. You’ll need:

  • Watercolor Paints (This objective requires watercoloring. Please don’t substitute another medium)

  • A Brush

  • Watercolor Paper (Not 100% necessary, but makes for a better experience)

2) (Optional) If you are new to watercolors, consider tackling our H20 art objective before continuing on with this one.

3) Aquire a feather. You can find one yourself or buy one. Finding one yourself might take a while, but will be an interesting experience in itself. You’ll be seeing feathers for months after your concerted effort to find one. If you do buy one, do your best to buy a genuine feather.

4) Make a watercolor of your feather. This may be a learning process, so feel free to give this a try several times. Remember that while you’ll be doing your best to reproduce your feather on the page, it won’t look exactly the same. (And that’s not a bad thing!)

If you’re not sure where to get started, check out “A Feather” from Kateri Ewing as she shows you her artistic process.

5) Take a photo of your best watercolor feather next to the original feather. Share it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your art in our Facebook group.

Fowl Play - Photography - 150



Take a photo that includes birds in flight.


1) Stay alert. You’ll increase the likelihood of grabbing the perfect shot by keeping this objective top of mind.

2) Keep your standards high! Your goal is not just to get a photo of a bird in flight, but to get a photo whose subject and composition you feel proud of. This might mean pursuing this objective over a long period of time. Remember, while the subject of your photo may be the birds themselves, it’s also ok to have the birds play a supporting role. Just make sure you feel the birds help tell the story of the photo.

3) When you’ve taken the perfect shot, post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

Fowl Play - Find - 300



Search for or hide a geocache or letterbox honoring our feathered friends.


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

Need some inspiration? What about…

  • Highlighting a specific bird species

  • Creating a puzzle about migration patterns

  • Encouraging your finders to do some birding on the way to the hide and report what they saw in their log

  • Providing a feather quill for the purposes of log signing

  • Hiding your cache/box inside a fake birdhouse

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

IMPORTANT! Make sure that as you create your hide, it truly is an homage to birds.

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 its 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. Additionally, tell us which of the two hide requirements listed about you included.

*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.


Fowl Play - DIY - 300



Taste a less conventionally eaten bird egg.


1) Choose a bird egg that is not commonly consumed in your country. For those who live in the US, this means any bird egg that is not from a chicken or duck. You are also highly encouraged to choose an egg type you haven’t previously eaten.

Edible bird eggs include:


2) Do your research and figure out where you can acquire your “exotic” egg. Then go get one!

3) If you eat the egg at a restaurant, this step is already done for you. For our home chefs, you’ll need to research how to prepare your egg, and then cook it.

4) Great, you’ve got a cooked egg in front of you. Now give it a try!

5) Take a photo to document your culinary adventure and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

6) In the comments below, describe your egg tasting journey. What egg did you try? Where did you get it? How was it prepared. And, most importantly, did it taste like chicken?!

Note: If (and only if) you have a dietary restriction that makes eating eggs a problem, please do the alternative Fowl Play DIY objective instead.


Fowl Play - DIY ALTERNATIVE - 300




Build a functional birdhouse or bird feeder.


1) Decide whether you’d like to make a birdhouse or bird feeder. Then, browse the web for DIY instructions or inspiration that work for you.


Simple Classic “One Board” Birdhouse

PVC Pipe Birdhouse

Living Roof Birdhouse

A Replica of Your Own House for birds!

Lego Bird Feeder

Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

Note: We’re BUILDING here! Please don’t buy a prefabricated birdhouse and embellish it.

2) Make your birdhouse or bird feeder.

3) Place your creation outside for the birds to enjoy! (This is the best part!)

4) After placing it outside, take a photo of your creation and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your experience in our Facebook group.

5) In the comments below, describe your DIY process. What did you make make? What inspiration or tutorials, if any, did you use? Was it any fun? Did anything interesting happen? Did you learn anything?


Fowl Play - Research - Up to 100



Learn and practice a bird call.


1) Spend some time researching bird calls. How do you make them? Which birds are most often mimicked? Which birds are most easily mimicked?

2) Choose a call you’d like to imitate, then practice the call. (+50)

Notes: (1) If your research points you to instruments that help you create the sound, you’re welcome to use them! (2) Obviously this doesn’t include simply playing an audio recording of the bird. We want you to physically recreate the sound.

3) Record your best shot at your bird call. Remember, you’re not expected to “practice until perfect” on this relatively low point objective. The whole exercise, start to finish, is expected to take about an hour.

4) Share your recording with the Quest Scouts community (+50) by posting a link to it in the comments below.

Host the call anywhere you like. We suggest Youtube for video files, and Soundcloud for audio files. Really, you can host anywhere you’d like as long as it’s accessible to all.

IMPORTANT: You have not completed this portion of the objective if you have not made your call accessible through a public link below. For most objectives, we're pretty loose about the posting requirements. This is not the case here.

5) The points! Imitating the call in the privacy of your home (1-2) is +50 points. Sharing your recorded call (3-4) with your fellow scouts is another +50 points, for a total of 100. If you choose not to share your call, but still try it out on your own, you may collect 50 points without the additional 50 points you would have earned for sharing.

Up In Flames Micro Objective - Art - 50


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


Watch videos of four unique methods for creating art with fire.


1) Watch the four videos below for 10+ minutes. Since this is a micro objective, feel free to skip portions of the larger videos if you find you’re not interested in them. Of course, if you want to watch them all in full, more power to you!

2) In the comments below, let us know a) Which art was most visually pleasing to you and b) Which type of art you think would be most fun to create.


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.