Frequently Asked Questions
Quests, Objectives Badges and Points
When have I completed my quest? When have I earned my badge?
Every standard quest requires 1,000 points for completion. As you complete objectives, record the points you have earned. When you have earned 1,000 points, you have completed your quest.
Special quests may have a point requirement, or may call for a specific objective to be met.
Your badge has been earned the moment you have completed your quest.
Do I need to prove I’ve completed my quest?
Quest Scouts exists through an honor system. While we do see your submissions as you complete objectives, we do not keep track of your points for you.
When do I display my badge?
A Quest Scouts should display a badge only after she or he has earned it.
How do I earn points?
Points are earned by completing objectives. Make sure to read and complete all portions of an objective. When you have completed all portions of the objective record the number of points the objective is worth.
Can I earn more than 1,000 points per quest?
Yes! Some Quest Scouts, who have named themselves “completionists,” strive to earn as many points as possible. You can earn all points available, as listed on a quest’s quest card.
Can I earn double the points by completing an objective twice?
Points exceeding the amount shown per objective cannot be collected. Should you complete the same objective twice you do not earn points for the second completion.
Can I receive partial points for completing half an objective?
Not unless directly stated on the quest page. Make sure to read and complete all portions of an objective. Unless otherwise noted, points should be collected only for completing all portions of an objective or quest.
Can I complete archived quests?
Nope. Points should only be collected from active quests and objectives. If a quest or objective is archived you can no longer earn points from it.
I was working on a quest but it expired before I completed it. Can I still earn my badge?
We try and give plenty of notice as to when quests will expire. If a quest expires and you have yet to earn the required amount of points, you have not completed the quest. However, the points you earned toward your quest still count toward your overall point count.
Why do you archive quests?
There are two major reasons why we've decided that most quests will eventually expire. The first reason is motivation. Quest Scouts was created to inspire you to squeeze the most out of life through actively pursuing experiences. Most of us are busy, and our tendency to put life enriching activities off until "tomorrow" often gets the better of us. For some, a looming deadline is the extra bit of motivation needed to move from thinking about completing a quest to actively working towards earning a badge.
The second reason for expiration is saturation. As it is now, new Quest Scouts have several quests to choose from. It can be overwhelming to decide where to get started. Likewise, long time Quest Scouts who have not completed the last couple of quests have expressed feelings of frustration because they are "behind." We don't ever want new scouts to feel too overwhelmed, or current scouts to feel too far behind, and limiting the amount of active quests will help us prevent those situations.
Another, more minor reason, is that keeping a quest active takes a fair amount of human power from the Quest Scouts team. We don't have the bandwidth to concurrently maintain an ever increasing amount of quests at this time.
I completed an objective in the past. Does it count?
Nope. Unless otherwise noted, past experiences do not count toward completing objectives. Objectives do not count as complete for activities done prior to the date you started the quest. Objectives must be completed intentionally or they do not count.
My Quest Card/ Badge Book lists a different quest expiration date than the website. Which should I follow?
The expiration dates listed on the Active Quests page trump printed expiration dates.
I missed that quest! Will it ever come back?
It is possible that we will bring back select standard quests for a limited time in the future. Special quests, however, will never be available again.
I hate social media! Do I have to use Instagram or Twitter?
If your really hate social media, don't use it. You can decide to opt out of Instagram and Twitter, yet still fulfill quest requirements. Just ignore any portion of an objectives requirement that asks you to post on social media, and instead leave a comment below the objective describing what you did to complete the objective.
What if another scout cheats?
Cheating is not awesome. Quest Scouts are awesome. Therefore, Quest Scouts don’t cheat.
Of course, as Quest Scouts grows there are bound to be those who cheat. Keep in mind that those who “cut corners” or flat out cheat are only cheating themselves. Focus your energy on enjoying yourself rather than worrying about what other people are doing.
That being said, if we notice blatant cheating, we reserve the right to take action.
I’m not sure if I’ve completed an objective. What should I do?
First, make sure you have completed every part of an objective as it was written. Objectives are often written in numbered sections for ease of understanding. Take the time to read each section. Have you completed each section? Good! You've completed the objective.
I’m STILL not sure if I’ve completed an objective. What should I do?
Very occasionally, even after observing all written rules of the Quest Scouts Code AND doing your best to read every part of an objective, judgement calls need to be made as to whether or not an objective has been fulfilled.
If you’re not sure whether or not you’ve fulfilled an objective’s requirements, ask yourself if you feel 100% honorable claiming the points. (Seriously, do a gut check.) If the answer is yes, you’ve fulfilled the objective. If the answer is no, try again.
Who can participate in members only micro quests?
This may be obvious, but only current, dues paying Quest Scouts Members should complete and collect points for members only micro quests. This includes Digital Scout Memberships, Scout Pack Memberships and Scout Pack Plus Memberships.
Membership and Scout Packs
What membership level should I sign up for?
If you're not collecting badges, or would rather order badges as you earn them, sign up for a Digital Scout Membership. Digital Scout Memberships allow you to participate in Members Only Micro Quests, give you access to our printables and help you financially support Quest Scouts.
If you're interested in having a Scout Pack sent to your door each month, sign up for a Scout Pack or Scout Pack+ Membership.
Scout Packs contain the following:
A) A letter from Dylan, the founder of Quest Scouts
B) A Quest Card for the current month's quest
C) The previous month's Sticky Badge
D) The previous month's Tag Badge (Scout Pack+ Only)
E) A Quest Scouts related Surprise
Why do Scout Packs contain the previous month's badge?
Quest Scouts releases a quest's badge the month after the quest itself was introduced in order to give our scouts a chance to start working on their quest before they receive their badges. It is our hope that knowing a badge is on its way will motivate our scouts to attempt to complete (or at least begin to complete) the quest before the badge arrives.
Why does Quest Scouts offer members only micro quests?
Members only micro quests are our way of thanking our members for supporting us financially.
What is my password for the Members Only page?
The shared password for the members only page was e-mailed to you in your initial membership welcome e-mail. The password will change over time, so keep an eye out for an e-mail containing a new password every couple of months.
Can kids participate in Quest Scouts?
Quest Scouts is first and foremost intended for adults. (Kids already have tons of fun scouting opportunities!) That being said, we have plenty of adult/kid teams that are enjoying Quest Scouts together. While some of the literature and videos suggested are not appropriate for some kids, many may be fine for others. Use your best judgement.
Kids and Literature/Media objectives
As stated above, you may deem some of our literature and media objectives unsuitable for young folks. If you've got a junior scout working along side you, and there is no kid friendly option listed, you have our blessing to swap out any books, movies or documentaries for something age appropriate. Just make sure that the swap is appropriate to the quest's theme!
Note: Adults should not collect points for their kid's modified objective.
Do I have to pay to participate in Quest Scouts
Nope! We encourage you to participate in Quest Scouts for free until you are certain Quest Scouts is for you. However, if you do feel we are contributing positively to your life and you can afford it, we ask that you consider buying some badges or becoming a member. Your purchases are what keep the lights on at Quest Scouts Central.