Quest Clubs Homeschool Curriculum Review
Summary of Quest Clubs Homeschool Curriculum Review:
- Grades: PreK-12
- Subjects: Electives or Unit Studies
- Category: Non-Religious
- Format: Online, Printable
- Price: $29 – $60 per year
How to Use Quest Clubs in Your Homeschool
To earn a badge/pin, your child has to combine traditional learning with an activity or service. For each subject, your child might learn/be involved in the following–
- Overall knowledge about the subject: this might include technical terms, jargon, or terminology.
- History of the subject and how the subject is used today.
- Art projects associated with the subject material.
- Craft applications: if applicable, your child might have to build or make something that relates to the chosen subject/badge.
- Geography: your kids might have to look at a map and find the places where the subject came from or where it is used today.
- Games to help them learn the subject material.
- Music-related to the subject.
- Technology: how is it made? How is it used? How does technology impact the process?
- Service projects/volunteer opportunities.
- Shadowing someone who works in the area.
- Internet: with a parent’s permission a child might research websites that apply to the badge/pin subject.
- Field trips to locations that make or use the subject material.
Quest Club Highlights
Quest Clubs are a great alternative to traditional scouting programs. They offer the structure and friendship of a scouting-style program but have unlimited badges, a wide variety of higher awards, and the flexibility to design the club to fit the needs of your group. Written and designed by homeschoolers, Quest knows exactly how to turn anything your child is interested in into a fun and educational badge. Their badges combine learning with activity, service, and even career exploration.
Currently, QuestClubs has more than 1200 badges your kids can earn, with more being released every month. They are listed in the following categories:
Quest works well in a family or a co-op/group/club setting (yes, you can set up your own Quest Club!). If your kids want to wear their badges, similar to how scouts wear theirs, you can purchase a vest to display the badges, although this is not necessary. Like the scout program, there are Leader Handbooks, a Quest Song, instructions regarding a Flag Ceremony, etc. Clearly, you can make the program as loose or as structured as you’d like.
Quest Club Pros and Cons
- Available support from Designers
- Flexible framework to build your own club
- Skills and character-based
- Requires lots of hands-on time for parents or leaders
- So many badges may be confusing
Additional Comments from Quest Clubs Users
“Our family is thoroughly enjoying Quest Club. We’ve learned about a wide variety of topics since joining Quest. The camaraderie, sense of belonging, and coming together with others to encourage and experience lifelong learning has been wonderful. Thank you again!” -Mia L
“I love the huge array of interesting badges and higher-level awards that my kids can earn. As a homeschooling family we often do Quest activities and badge work at home in addition to what they do with their club.” -Christina
“I love Quest because it gives my children a place to form friendships and grow in so many ways! I love the structure and guidance that the badges and awards give me as a parent to be able to instill values and character traits to my children. I love that my daughter and son can be in the same troop and meet at the same time and we LOVE our leaders!” -Ginger Z,
Special thanks to our homeschool mom reviewer, Sarah Swanson.