bob-and-questorsHave Fun Volunteering

The South Shore Quest Committee is looking for people who would like to help.

  • design quests (see below)
  • monitor quest boxes
  • update our web site
  • help with the printed book

We meet most months at the Hingham Public Library. For more information contact:  admin@southshorequests.org or write to:

1272H Washington St.
Weymouth, MA  02188

Be a Box Monitor

For every quest trail we need a volunteer to be the trail “box monitor”. You would be perfect for the job if you like the outdoors, enjoy fresh air, appreciate the beauty of nature, and like a reason to do a quest again!

A box monitor sets up his/her trail just before the season starts and walks the trail regularly (1-2x/month) during the season to make sure the clues are in the proper place, the trail has not changed unexpectedly, and the treasure box is intact. If necessary, repair clues or notify the web site manager of any updates that need to be reported on the web site. At the end of the season, the box monitor removes the clues and treasure box for the winter.

We need box monitors to keep the quest program running smoothly. One or more people can monitor the same trail, taking turns throughout the season. Interested? Contact us at admin@southshorequests.org.

Make a Quest

The below instructions for making a quest were published by Valley Quests of White River Junction, Vermont.

  1. Pick a spot that is a special place for you. Perhaps a unique natural or cultural feature of your town.
  2. Find out who owns or manages this property and request permission to make a Quest there.
  3. Make a few trips to the site to uncover its details, and to begin to think about the best approaches to making a Quest on your site.
  4. Find people in your community who can teach you more about your site-community elders, members of your towns historical society or conservation commission. Invite them to take a trip out on the land with you.
  5. Take good notes!
  6. Decide on your Quest strategy: a detailed map Quest; a map-less Quest; a jumble Quest (collecting words); a pict-o-Quest (no words-only following pictures!). Or any combination. Use your imagination and creativity-it’s up to you!
  7. Draw rough maps of your site. Also sketch or note the unique features that would make good clues.
  8. Make a rough draft of your Quest Map and riddles or accompanying text.
  9. Test your Quest with as many different people as you can get to try it out-and make appropriate changes.
  10. Create a written description of what makes the site special. This should come from your research and should only be a few paragraphs long–small enough to be laminated and glued inside the cover of the Quest Box. You can focus on whatever you think visitors to the site will be most interested in. Depending on the site, possible things to write about include: the historical significance of the site to the town; a true story about something that once happened at the site; the natural history of the site–trees to look for, special rocks, plantings, etc.; why people in your town love this site so much; fun or interesting things to do; amazing-but-true trivia facts about the site (height of steeple, age of building, number of orchid species, number of granite blocks and where they came from, etc.)
  11. Draw final Quest Map
  12. Design a logo for the stamp for the site and carve it into a plastic eraser or make a stamp out of rubber and wood. See Make a Stamp.
  13. Get a waterproof box to use as a Quest Box. Waterproof the introduction to the site and attach it securely to the inside cover of the box. Place in the box: a log book; pencil/pen; stamp; ink pad; pencil sharpener.
  14. Hide the box.
  15. Make sure you have someone adopt the box for long-term monitoring.

If you would like to have this available for publication by South Shore Quests, send your quest details to the address on the Contact Us page.

2018 trail updates

Quest Books

Where to buy your copy of the 2018 South Shore Quests book. Only $5 for hours of fun.

Holly Hill Farm, 236 Jerusalem Road 781-383-6565

Buttonwood Books and Toys, 747 Chief Justice Cushing Highway 781-383-2665

Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt Street 781-741-1405

South Shore Audubon Society, 2000 Main Street 781-837-9400
Ventress Memorial Library, 1837 Ocean St #15 781-834-5535

South Shore Natural Science Center, Jacobs Lane 781-659-2559
Norwell Public Library, 64 South Street 781-659-2015

New England Wildlife Center, 500 Columbian Street 781-682-4878