Quest badges are divided into nine
Areas of Discovery.
Badge requirements get progressively more difficult as children age. We believe that anything can be educational and will write a badge for virtually anything a child wishes to learn about as long as it is not a controversial subject that we feel is better addressed by parents or religious leaders. While we provide a list of requirements for each badge, these are purely optional. Feel free to create your own requirements to suit your family, class, or group.
Badges are written in the order they are requested by our members. If you are interested in earning a badge on a topic that is not listed, just send us an email and we will get right to work. It usually takes about 4 weeks to complete and publish a new badge from the time it is requested.
Unlike most badge programs, our badges are button style pins instead of patches. This allows the kids to put them on immediately and keeps them from getting lost. Parents like them too as they do not need to spend hours sewing on patches. The badges can be displayed on a club uniform, on backpacks or totebags, in a shadow box, or on a bulletin board. As an added option, you can order the badges as magnets to display on a refrigerator or other metal surface.
Our badges combine learning with activity, service, and even career exploration. For each subject, your child will have an opportunity to discover:
- Knowledge of the subject: this could include technical terms, jargon, or terminology.
- History of the subject and how is the subject used today.
- Art projects – for higher levels they may also find works of art that have to do with the subject, or novels that mention it.
- Craft application – if applicable, build or make something that relates to the subject.
- Geography — Look at a map and find the places where the subject came from or is used. (For instance, for the knitting badge you could find the Faroe Islands where some splendid sweaters are made, or the Kashmir province in India where Cashmere wool comes from.)
- Games to help learn the subject
- Music: are there any songs or pieces of music that relate to the subject or that help to learn the subject?
- Technology: how is it made? How is it used? How does technology change the way it is done?
- Service Projects/Volunteer opportunities
- Shadowing someone who works in the area
- Internet: with a parent’s permission a child may research websites that apply to the badge subject.
- Field trips to locations that make or use the subject.
- Necessary skills needed to properly learn a subject