Issue #34 – June 2019


A Note From the Founder – Meet me in Maryland!

We have a new badge for RC vehicles that can be adapted for any RC vehicle you wish to learn about.  If anyone is interested in earning the RC Gas Motor Boat badge, we have been invited to the IMPBA (International Model Power Boat Association) national gas motor races at Fort Ritchie in Cascade, MD from June 27-29.    Entry is free of charge and I will have all information necessary to earn the badge.  Several of the racers have offered to tell the kids a bit about their boats and answer questions as well.  Anyone who attends and earns the badge will receive a coupon to the Quest store to get the badge for free (shipping not included so I suggest ordering the badge with a larger badge order.)

If you plan to attend, make sure to bring a lunch, sunscreen and folding chairs to watch the races.  No pets allowed.  Races are from June 27-29 at Lake Royer at Ft. Ritchie, 14320 Barrack Ave., Cascade, MD 21719.  I am hoping I will have cell service at the race site, but am unsure as facilities are extremely limited.  If I do, I can be reached at 530-524-8799.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP via email to with the estimated number of people so that we can plan accordingly.  Thank you.


Quest Member of the Month – Ben – Troop 344

Ben is 9 years old and a second year dolphin (level 2) from troop 344 (quest and frontier) in northern Maine. Last year, he earned his Life Skills and Liberty awards. This year, he completed the Outdoor award and STEAM award in the fall and this spring completed the Fruit of the Spirit, Make a Difference project, Leadership award, and Gem award. 
Ben’s Make a Difference project was random acts of kindness, including putting money in washing machines at the laundromat, making notes for people’s windshields, soldier cards, may baskets, and making cookies for local librarians. His regular service projects are volunteering at a food pantry twice a month and playing music each month at a nursing home.
Ben plays the piano and the fiddle. He is active in AWANA and his church. He loves soccer, basketball, baseball, and swimming on the summer swim team. He is currently training for a 5k. He also enjoys carving, electricity, and building things. This summer he’s looking forward to swimming, soccer, hiking Mount Katahdin, and fishing.
Great work, Ben!


New Badges Added

Remote Control (RC) Vehicle (specific), Zero Waste, Boating Safety, Historical Events (specific)





Free Airplane Flights for Youth with Young Eagles Program

Frontiersmen #159 took to the skies last month to honor Sandy Yearwood, the inspiration behind Quest, who passed away in December.  Daughter of an airline pilot, Sandy received her pilots license at the age of 16 and retired from American Airlines as one of their top trainers.  

Launched in 1992, the Young Eagles program through EAA has dedicated more than 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane.

It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.

Today, more than 2 million young people have enjoyed a free introductory flight through the Young Eagles program. These flights are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.

Vist the EAA website for more details:


by Holly McCluskey

Because I look through the group looking for ideas I thought I’d share how we adapted the Sportsmanship badge this weekend.

We were at a big cheerleading competition and a trend that started this year was people decorated clothes pins wishing people on other teams good luck and then at the competition they get pinned to the cheer bags. The picture is an example of some of the ones my oldest daughter received this weekend. So before we left my daughters decorated a bunch of clothes pins and during the weekend they pinned them to the bags of kids on opposing teams wishing them good luck. This could probably also be adapted for other sports as well.



If you have never heard of a “sit-upon” it is a home made waterproof cushion of some variety that is easily pack-able that you can sit on when camping or participating in outdoor activities.  There are several varieties of sit-upons from basic pillows to seats with built in storage and they are easy to make.  If you plan to be outdoors a lot this summer, check out this fun projects.

Simple Instructions for a hand sewn sit-upon by Adventures in Making

DIY: How To Make A Sit-upon






Bucket Storage Sit Upons otherwise known as “Pickle Barrels” by Positively Splendid







Easy no sew sit upons by Pretty Prudent

Pretty Prudent Summer Camp: 5 Minute DIY Sit-Upon