April 2020 Newsletter
A Note From the Founder – COVID 19
Due to the COVID 19 crisis, I sent all employees home on March 13 to work from home and help research resources for our Badge of the Week posts. Since we help facilitate distance learning we are allowed to remain open, but I do not wish to endanger the health of my employees so for the time being they will work from home until the danger has passed. As a result I am now the only person in the office each day in order to maintain the day to day operations of the business. I am now the only one here to fill orders and make badges, so please be patient if shipments are delayed slightly. So far business has been very slow so it is not an issue, but the end of the school year from mid April thought early June is usually my busiest time of year. Since most clubs are not meeting at this time, I am assuming badge orders will be much reduced so keeping up with demand should not be an issue even by myself, but I have no way of predicting who will still be placing orders or how busy it will be. Thank you for your patience. Prayers that everyone stays healthy during these uncertain times.
New Badges Posted
Helping During Crisis
Members from all over the country are finding ways to serve their community during the COVID 19 crisis. How are YOU helping out?
Members of Frontiersmen Troop #531 in California helped make masks for our medical personnel
Frontier Girls Troop #213 took time to make cards and bread to deliver to some seniors; family; and friends. The warmth was shared with many as they practiced social distancing safely. They hoped to bring some sunshine to an otherwise scary and uncertain time for many.
Free COVID 19 Memberships
In an effort to support the many families who suddenly find themselves homeschooling their children as schools across the country have shut down, we are offering a special free membership for access to the Quest program through May 31. If you know anyone who is looking for educational ideas to keep their children busy until the end of the school year, have them register for a membership at: https://questclubs.com/register/free-month/
Badge of the Week
We have restarted our Badge of the Week posts on our main Facebook page. Please like/follow the page to see daily posts of ideas and resources for working on a different badge each week. The first week was the Art Badge with great links to resources such as WeaveSilk where you can learn about symmetry and make images such as the one pictured above. The second week was Board Games with links such as The Spruce Crafts with instructions on making your own DIY board games. This week is Costume Design to go along with the virtual Spirit Week we are hosting via the Quest Clubs Forum Facebook group.
If you do not use Facebook, you can still access all of the Badge of the Week resource on the Curiosity Untamed website. At the end of each week I will be posting all the resources into a single blog post on Curiosity Untamed. You can also subscribe to the blog to be notified anytime a new post is made to ensure you don’t miss anything. Click here for the Art Badge resources. Board Game resources will be posted by the end of the week.
This week, in honor of our online Spirit Week, the Badge of the Week is Costume Design.
Member of the Month
Beth Vicory – Level 4, Arizona
It always amazes me to see the unique ways our members find explore new ideas. During the COVID 19 crisis when most families are required to stay home, kids are bored and families are strained. Since so much has been taken from them it is awesome to see one of our members find a way to give back. Beth came up with the idea of a virtual Spirit Week to encourage people to have some fun while representing our various Areas of Discovery. Members are encouraged to get into the spirit of things and dress up in costumes and post their pictures on our forum. I fyou missed the first few days, it is not too late to participate. Just dress up and post your picture on the appropriate thread.
How do you express Character? Dress to emulate a person that is the embodiment of a character badge, or any other way you can think of.
Monday: Agriculture and Home
Express yourself as an animal, fruit, vegetable, flower, farmer or beekeeper, or look towards the Home section of badges for inspiration!
Can you recreate a famous painting on yourself? Or will you dress like an artist from the past? Look to the Discover Art listings for an amazing range of ideas.
Wednesday: Health & Safety
Medical professionals, law enforcement, firefighters, and military personnel are easy examples of how to express this category. You could also dress as your favorite athlete or for a specific sport. What will you choose?
Dress as a hiker, a lumberjack, a wilderness animal, or any outdoor activity. There’s much more inspiration to be found in our badge list.
Friday: Science and Technology
So many scientists, so many engineers, so many innovators. Be one, and break through the barriers!
Represent a country outside of the United States. Dress in native clothing, or as a famous historic person from that country. Perhaps you could dress as a literary character from the country you’ve chosen.
You might notice that each “Discover Zone” is represented during the week except one: Knowledge. That’s because the underlying theme of every day is Knowledge.
Each day, you are encouraged to choose a badge from that day’s theme and complete an activity for it. Share a picture of yourself dressed for that day’s Spirit Week theme and a photo of your activity. For example, on Thursday, you might dress to represent the Beach Fun badge, but you could choose the Zipline badge for an activity and build a miniature Zipline for a Barbie or Wonder Woman doll to zoom across your living room. On Wednesday, you could dress like a soldier and learn how to french braid hair. On Tuesday, dress like Misty Copeland, but channel your inner Monet and create an impressionist style artwork. Get it? Have fun and step out of your comfort zone. Most of all, have fun with it.
Tips and Treasures
Tip from Jennifer Baker:
I started a Quest Club for my (almost) 3 year old as a homeschool curriculum and went a little crazy ordering the badges I am planning to work on with her. Today I took the time to organize them on to index cards so it’ll be a little easier to keep up with! I wrote down the Area of Discovery, the specific badge name and the requirements I plan to use to earn it. She loves the badges and has been having a lot of fun doing this.
Links and Resources
Thanks to everyone staying at home, there has been an abundance of great resources shared on our forums over the last couple of weeks. Here are just a few, but check out the Facebook forum for many more.
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