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Acadia Quest Rules


The definition of a team
Teams may consist of families, friends, relatives, or mentors. The only requirement is that each team must consist of at least one adult aged 18 years or older and one child under 18 years old.

Permission forms 
The parent or guardian for each Acadia Quest participant under the age of 18 must sign the permission form that is included in the Acadia Quest registration packet and return it to Friends of Acadia. Teams that do not have all of the permission forms signed and returned will not be considered registered and will not be eligible for participation prizes or the grand prize drawing(s).

How the 2014 Acadia Quest works
The 2014 Acadia Quest features four categories of places in Acadia National Park: Trails, Carriage Roads, Waters, and Cultural Destinations. Teams must complete two activities in each of the four categories (eight activities total), including at least one “Event!” in any category, to complete to complete the Quest, receive a 2014 Acadia Quest patch and 2015 Acadia Annual Pass, and qualify for grand prizes.

Upon registering, your team will receive your Quest packet, including the Acadia Quest card, a permission form, and a trail map. Complete and return the permission form to complete your registration and receive an Acadia National Park pass. You can also print and mail the permission form.

Acadia Quest registration will close Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Documentation guidelines
Select two activities from each category on the Acadia Quest card and refer to your map to be sure you complete the correct route/activity. Refer to the Quest Lore page to learn more (optional). Document activities by taking a photograph of your team at each summit sign, carriage road intersection sign, or destination specified, plus any additional information indicated for each activity you complete.
In place of photographs, teams may submit a rubbing (using paper and a pencil or crayon) of the mountain summit sign or geological survey medallion (for trails) or carriage road intersection number signs (for carriage roads). A boat ticket stub, signature of an Island Explorer bus driver, or signature of the event coordinator/leader can take the place of self-documentation.

Teams may submit documentation as follows:

VIA MAIL: to Friends of Acadia, PO Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609


VIA FACEBOOK: by posting photos on Friends of Acadia’s page For Facebook documentation, please include the phrase “Acadia Quest” and your team name in each post, along with any additional information indicated on the Quest card. You will need to “like” our page in order to post to it.

VIA INSTAGRAM: Make sure to follow us @FriendsOfAcadia on Instagram and tag your posts: #AcadiaQuest

With your permission, photos may be used by Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park for promotional purposes.

Tracking your progress
After receiving your documentation, Friends of Acadia will contact you by phone or email with a verification code for each activity. Mark each code on the reverse side of this card, next to the activity name, to verify completion. Boat ticket stubs can be fastened to the Quest card; signatures from bus drivers, event coordinators, or crew leaders can go directly on the Quest Card. No verification code is needed for ticket- or signature-verified activities.

All teams that submit a completed Quest Card will receive a 2014 Acadia Quest patch, and be entered into the grand prize drawing to be held at Take Pride in Acadia Day on November 1, 2014. Participants do not need to be present to win; however, completed Quest Cards for teams that cannot attend must be received at the Friends of Acadia office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014.

Following Acadia National Park Regulations while participating in Acadia Quest
All teams are responsible for knowing, and following, the rules and regulations of Acadia National Park. Acadia Quest teams that do not follow park regulations will be subject to any fees or consequences, as deemed by Acadia National Park. Find more information on the Acadia National Park website.

Leave No Trace on Your Quest 
Please follow Leave No Trace principles when exploring Acadia National Park. Find more information about Leave No Trace Principles on the Acadia National Park website.

Be Safe in Acadia National Park
Visit the Acadia National Park saftey page to learn how to prepare for your visits to park and to stay safe during your Quest activities.


Questions about Acadia Quest? Contact us at 207-288-3340 or