Cardboard Adventure – Quest Scouts

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http://www.questscouts.com/cardboard-adventures

Completed: July 31, 2015
Released: March 1, 2015
Expires: October 1, 2015

Cardboard Adventure

Every month’s adventures bring a new topic, some I cheer and some make me think – ‘Hmmm, this could be interesting’. Cardboard Adventures fell into to ‘Hmmm’ category. I am not a ‘games’ person so completing this quest didn’t seem interesting. Well, this is the beauty of of Quest Scouts – finding interest and new experiences in any topic as you move through the quests.

The first quest I finished was a MicroQuest which had you print a word search and leave it in a public place for 24 hours. I received permission from Bookman’s on E Speedway. I left the word search, which I had started, in the public seating area and noted on the page to “Join in to Solve”, plus I gave the web address for Quest Scouts. Unfortunately when I returned 24 hours later, it was gone. Good reason to browse Bookman’s.
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I have to admit I did not realize how active game playing was in our society. I assumed it had moved into the video world. By Visiting Hat’s Games in Tucson and spending time Researching on BoardGameGeek.com I now know that board or non-virtual games are just as popular as ever.

For DIY I printed out a fun, simple game titled “Mapple” to play with a friend. Actually, it became a fun afternoon with wine, snacks and some homemade Limoncello. The game involves a ‘map’ with 28 sections and 2 sets of eleven coins. Heads and Tails determine each player, if a lower coin is placed next to the other player’s claimed section (their coin), then your coin is flipped to their side. After a few rounds we started to see the strategy. My friend kept the game sheet to play with her granddaughter.
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I enjoyed finding a game in our closet, Brewopoly, a gift. I used it for Photography, adding a real pint glass and bottle of beer to highlight their twist on Monopoly. After digging it out and realizing we would not use it, we donated it to a new tap room in our neighborhood – they were delighted.

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For Art I mixed this Quest with the Prism and Light Quest, my own take on the Parcheesi board. As you can see from the photo it is geometric, using the corner of the Parcheesi board and incorporating prism colors.
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For another MicroQuest I spent some time playing the tower building game, Jaques, with my husband. This game was part of the game rack at the tap room, Arizona Beer House, where I donated the previous game. Just as we were at a critical point an employee stopped by to talk with us. Without touching the table, but using his hands to express himself – the tower came tumbling down. Good for me, not sure I had a next move.
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Once again Quest Scouts took me outside my ‘box’. It did not ignite in me a desire to continue playing games, however, in this case some new games were shared with a others; public word search, Mapple with friend and her granddaughter and games donated to public tap room.
Another fun Quest completed!

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Prism & Light – Quest Scouts

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http://www.questscouts.com/prism-light-quest

Completed: July 13, 2015
Released: April 1, 2015
Expires: November 1, 2015

Prism & Light provided a great variety of activities which I enjoyed. I completed eight different activities in these categories; Visit, Find, Art, Media, Literature, Travel and Micros.

While traveling through Kansas I completed the Visit quest by observing an spectacular sunset in the rear view mirror as we drove east on US 50. Taking time to watch the sunset from beginning to end added to the travel adventure. During this trip in June I was able to Find two letterboxes with a prism color in the title; red in New Mexico and blue in Arizona. I kept hoping I would find other color boxes, but none came along.

Once I got back from our trip I got to work on other quests. The Literature quest was fascinating. I really enjoyed reading “Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man Made World” by Mark Miodownik, amazing information about materials we use everyday. I highly recommend reading this book. This is something I really enjoy about Quest Scouts; being exposed to books I probably would not find on my own. For the Media quest I watched a documentary titled “The City Dark”, an excellent film that explores light pollution issues in our society. It is something I think about as we travel and camp, especially out West.

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I had a great time with a small group of kids and adults to complete the Art quest to create Sun Prints. We met at a local park, and used natural materials we found to create impressions from sunshine. It was a fun to share the quest with the kids. After making the prints we wandered around the park and enjoyed watching turtles on logs in the pond.

The Travel quest involved taking a series of photographs using six colorful walls as the back drop. For my portrait subject I brought along Sheriff Cal of Calico – a stuffed bear that travels with us. Downtown Tucson has a building complex called La Placita, it celebrates the colors of the SouthWest. Luckily, it was very quiet the morning I went down and posed Sheriff Cal. I cannot tell a lie – it was fun!

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Finally I completed two of the five Micro Quests; color word search and note card art. I’m not a big fan of word searches, but this one had a twist; and add-on word to the color word. So orange, became orange juice. The word bank only had the color, not the add-on word. It added a bit of a challenge. I enjoyed the NoteCardArt project, a drawing using all of the prism colors. I created a simple maze. A quick, easy project – the perfect micro!

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Another fun Quest completed!

All That Came Before – Quest Scouts

Quest Scouts
http://www.questscouts.com

Quest completed: All That Came Before

Completed: May 23, 2015

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Quest Scouts is a new program, scouts for adults! I am including this as part of my Junior Ranger – Senior Friendly blog because it is in the spirit of an activity designed for adults. In my younger years I was a Girl Scout and earned a few badges along the way. So, join me on a new adventure!

In order to earn a Quest Scout badge you complete objectives within set categories; Media, Literature, Travel, Visit, Research, Art, Photography, DIY, Find, Games and MicroQuests. Each objective is worth a variety of points which usually add up to 2500, 1000 points is usually enough earn the badge. A new Quest is offered monthly with several months to complete before it is archived.

This is a commercial site which allows you to participate for free or pay a membership fee, at three different levels. I am currently participating for free, but considering paying a monthly fee. The badges are attractive, as well as the other items offered. Check it out.

DIY Frame
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All That Came Before, the first badge I chose to complete, focuses on history. I completed five of the objectives; Visit, Travel, Research, Art and DIY for a total of 1,150 points. As you complete an activity you post your information on the website or via social media using #questscouts. I am using Instagram to post pictures taken and of completed projects.

Art – La Casa Cordova
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For Travel I posted pictures of three historical markers; Geronimo Surrender Monument ( E of Douglas, AZ), El Tiradito (Tucson) and Juan Bautista de Anza expedition (Tucson, bridge over Santa Cruz River). For Art I did a sketch of the oldest building in Tucson, La Casa Cordova, which is part of the Tucson Museum of Art property. My DIY project was a picture frame made from National Park magnets framing a picture of me participating in Earth Day 1970.

Travel – El Tiradito
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I enjoyed the variety of activities. This is a great program for adults to explore the world around you! I’ll start working on Epic Proportions.