This July, send your Scouts on a quest for adventure (and great prizes)


Next month, Scouts from across the country will converge in Washington, D.C., for ScoutQuest, a high-tech, interactive search that anyone can play.

ScoutQuest is held July 24 and 25; the 2010 National Scout Jamboree begins the next day. Players will be sent to several noteworthy spots in our nation's capital, including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Archives, the International Spy Museum, and, of course, Adventure Base 100. For a comprehensive map of all the ScoutQuest sites, consult this map (link opens PDF).

Scouts will use their smartphones—or borrow yours—to scan special Quick Response (QR) codes. With each code, players will uncover clues and get their passport stamped at each stop on their journey. Each code will also reveal a story, providing a unique view of the place and its connection to Scouting, one of the largest youth service organizations in the world.

Do your boys need more incentive? Each clue unlocks a secret code that can be entered on the ScoutQuest Web site beginning July 24. Players will be entered for prizes that include a mountain bike.

QR codes, such as the one seen at left, can be easily read by any of a number of free apps for your iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, or Android-powered smartphone.

Will you be in the D.C. area during ScoutQuest and be interested in becoming a volunteer? Send your information to

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