Quest Newsletter Issue #1 - September 2014
Welcome to the first edition of the Quest Clubs Newsletter. As we continue to grow, we would love member participation, so send in photos of what you have been up to, craft ideas, meeting ideas and more. What tips and treasurers do you have to share with other membesr? Check in each month for new additions to the Quest program as well as ideas from our members around the globe. Send all submissions to Kerry@questclubs.com with the subject line "Newsletter".
New Facebook Group
For those of you on Facebook, our main Quest Clubs Facebook page is a great place to keep track of updates and changes to the program. Unfortunately though many of the posts by our members get overlooked since they don't end up in the news feed. As a result, we have started a new private Facebook group called Frontier Girls/Quest Clubs that is designed to connect members of both the Frontier Girls and Quest programs to share ideas, ask questions, and offer support. The group has only been up and running for about a week and already has 100 members. If you are interested in connecting with the members all across the country and sharing what your club or family is up to, this is the place to do it. Keep following the main Facebook page for updates on what is happening with the program as a whole and join the new Facebook group for connecting with others.
We have several members, both children and adults, who suffer from a variety of diseases. The new Diseases badge was designed to learn more about each of these diseases and bring awareness to them.
Quest Clubs for Kids on the Autism Spectrum
One of our Quest Clubs in New Zealand recently started a Facebook page specifically to support families with kids on the autism spectrum participating in Quest. We have found that the Quest program lends itself well to learning styles of autistic children. This site allows parents to share ideas and information as well as support each other as they continue their journey with Quest. Regardless of where you live, this is a great resource to touch base with other families and kids with the same struggles. Check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/268644966651195/ .
We are trying to build a database of meeting plan ideas, especially those geared toward multi-age clubs. If you have a plan that has worked well with your club, or even just individual activities, please email them to email@example.com with the heading: NEWSLETTER. Here is a plan sent in by Katie Lundquist.
Badges Worked On: State Arkansas and Edible Art
Requirements Completed: State:AR (#1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 15 - levels preschool through 3 done) & Edible Art (#4 & 17, plus 11 & 19 depending on how you do it)
Opening Activity - Discuss the Quapaw Indians; play the Hoop & Spear game (State #6. Learn to play a game that teaches or reinforces the history of your state. & level 3 #*2. Learn about the history of the people of your state. Where did they come from? How has their religion affected their history? How has their history affected the food and customs of your state?)
Station 1 - State Symbols Matching Game w/song playing on laptop & info on the symbolism of the flag (State #9. Find out what your state bird, flower, animal, and song are. & #10. Learn about the symbolism of your state flag.)
Station 2 - Map Puzzle (State Preschool #1 Locate your state on a map. Which states border yours?, Level 1 #1 What is your state capital? Locate it on a map of your state.)
Station 3 (We actually had 3 identical stations for this, one for each patrol) - create edible states on sheet cookies (State #15. Learn where the most important natural features or resources are—how have they affected the state’s history? Which parts of the state are more industrial or more rural? Edible Art # 4. Create a piece of edible art for dessert (decorate cupcakes, cookies, cakes, etc.), #11. Learn a technique for decorating with frosting, #17. Create a model of something that is edible such as a sugar cookie map of the US & #19. Help teach younger kids how to create a piece of edible art.)
We used the cookie maps as snack.
We stayed together as a group and did a Living Timeline with 25 events - each child got a slip of paper with a dated event on it. I called out the dates in random order, one at a time and the kids had to guess where they were on the timeline (a long row of chairs). (State #2 up through Level 3 #1 Draw a timeline for your state. You must list at least 25 major events or people on the timeline and illustrate at least five of them. Share your timeline with at least two people.)
by Francine Giesler
Our family decided to continue on with the spring and fall drives for a local veterans home called Veteran Victory Farm. This spring, we raised over $900 for cleaning supplies. We also teamed up with a distributor that sells Vollara cleaning products and purchased a product called Laundry Pure at base cost (no upcharge from which they would make money off from it). After purchasing additional supplies like gloves, garbage bags, ziplock bags, hand and dish towels, we delivered the products to the home. It just so happened we arrived just in time as they had just run out of some of the supplies we brought with us. I have attached a picture of us when we dropped off the items.
In the picture are:
Front: Rowen, Zachary and Arial
Back: Damien Gillespie, myself, Quinton, Michelle Zedalis and Michelle Barrows
Damien Gillespie and Michelle Barrows are the Vollara distributors Michelle Zedalis is the Veteran Victory Farm councilor
Baggie Peppermint Ice Cream
submitted by Frontier Girls/Quest Club #159 - Family Campout 2014 - Patrol Cook-Off Winner
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 cups ice
1/4 cup rock salt
1 candy cane, crushed
1 quart Ziploc bag
1 gallon Ziploc bag
Add ins and toppings
Step by step, put together your homemade icecream:
1. In the quart sized Ziploc mix milk, sugar, and peppermint. Zip closed.
2. In the gallons sized Ziploc bag put the ice and rock salt.
3. Place the quart size Ziploc inside the gallons size Ziploc with the salt and ice and jiggle it back and forth on your counter, turning and sloshing back and forth until the ice cream thickens. This will take about 5 minutes, maybe longer.
4. Take out the quart size Ziploc bag. Thoroughly wipe off the salt on the outside, open and mix in the crushed candy cane and any other desired add ins or toppings.