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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, will not receive a park pass, and will not be eligible for the grand prize drawing(s).

How the 2013 Trail Quest works
The 2013 Trail Quest features six categories of trails: Friends of Acadia Trails, By Ponds & Lakes, Oceanside, Moderate Summits, Difficult Summits, and Schoodic & Isle au Haut. Teams must hike 12 of the listed trails in at least four categories, including one “Challenge!” to complete the Quest, receive a 2013 Acadia Quest patch, and qualify for prizes. 

Upon registering, your team will receive your Quest packet, including this 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 Friday, August 30, 2013.

Documentation guidelines
Select each trail or “Challenge!” from the reverse side of this card and refer to your trail map to be sure you hike the whole trail. Document your hikes by taking a photograph of your team at the trailhead and (as applicable) at the trail end or summit of each trail you hike. Or submit a rubbing (using paper and a pencil, pen, or crayon) of the trailhead sign and (as applicable) the summit sign for each trail you hike. Include any specified information for “Challenge!” hikes.

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. You will need to “like” our page in order to post to it.

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 hike. Mark each code on the reverse side of this card, next to the trail name, to verify completion of the hike.

All teams that submit a completed Quest Card will receive a 2013 Acadia Trail Quest patch, and be entered into the grand prize drawing to be held at Take Pride in Acadia Day on November 2, 2013. 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, November 1, 2013.

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 theAcadia 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 Stephanie Clement, Friends of Acadia Conservation Director, at 207-288-3340 or