September 26, 2015
Rally the troops! Grab your compass! Suit up in costume! Get ready for adventure!
It’s time for the annual Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt, a wildly fun game on the streets of Portland.
Troops of 3-5 scouts will scour the city on a quest to complete challenges, conquer feats, document experiences and collect treasures – all in hopes of winning the coveted Troop Trophy and corresponding prizes. Troop theme (costumes, name, spirit) is highly rewarded in this strategy-based game, so flaunt that wig and go big for maximum bonus points.
All scouts who successfully make it to the finish line will earn a merit badge.
Register a month in advance and earn 10 free points. You may also register for Bike Scout at the event, space allowing.
WHAT YOU GET
- All troop members who successfully reach the finish line on time will earn an embroidered Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt merit badge.
- The opportunity to earn the coveted Troop Trophy, a custom piece of artwork designed by Scout Master Matt.
- A chance to win prize baskets valued at $200-800.
- A full afternoon of fun on two wheels.
- Winners earn bragging rights for an entire year.
Teams of 3-5 people
A troop name is required.
Troops should showcase their team name in costumery, attitude and antics. Such endeavors are rewarded with a special scoring category and generous bonus points.
Orphans welcome! If you do not have enough people to form a troop, please come anyway. We will match you up with others who are in the same situation. Bring cash to pay for your registration. We cannot guarantee there will be enough orphans to form a troop.
Registration is $25 per troop.
You may also register at the event, space allowing. No refunds.
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1:30 – Registration opens – hang out and have a beer
2:15 – Registration closes – all teams must be checked in
2:30 – Troops are released – Manifests are distributed
2:45 – Last opportunity to draw from the Challenge Card pile
4:00 – Scoring is open (cannot return before this time)
Velo Cult has an awesome tap list of rare beers, and a killer sandwich menu
5:00 – Deadline – You are docked three points for every minute you are late. We set the time based on our Timing Master’s cell phone clock.
5:10 – Scoring closes – we will not accept returning teams after this time
5:45 – Awards Ceremony
6:30 – Event ends (but you are welcome to continue hanging out at VeloCult.
The troop with the most points wins.
Items on the Scout Manifest are weighted. You may not be able to complete them all, so it’s up to you to determine which items you tackle.
Troops will be issued the Scout Manifest when the start line opens. If your troop feels confident in the list and wishes to earn additional points, you may draw from the Challenge Card pile.
Challenge Cards are worth big points, but if you fail to successfully complete the challenge you will be docked the number of points that challenge is worth.
The first troop to arrive to a Manifest location should be on the lookout for the Pink Envelope of Love. These envelopes contain opportunities for additional points, with no penalties at all. You must present your pink envelope at the finish line to be awarded the points.
It is possible for Pink Envelopes of Love to exist in locations that are not Manifest locations.
You win this game by racking up points. Bonus points and challenge cards are key elements, but take your risks wisely!
Each troop has a Troop Log that is maintained by the Scout Master. If you draw any challenge cards, they are recorded on the Troop Log.
When you arrive to VeloCult, check in with the Timing Master to have your arrival time documented on your Troop Log.
You will then carry your Troop Log to a Scoring Judge who will process your Scout Manifest accomplishments and activities to award the corresponding points.
A photograph will be taken of your collected items as a visual record of your journey.
The deadline is 5:00. For every minute you arrive late, you are docked three points.
No teams will be scored after 5:10.
By 5:45, all teams will be scored and we will announce the winners.
Scoring takes time. Our volunteer Judges work carefully to ensure all points are properly accounted for.
EARN ADDITIONAL POINTS
REGISTER BEFORE end of day on August 26 – 10 points
BEST TROOP THEME EXECUTION – 25 points
Judged on costumes, unification, embodiment and spirit
BEST INDIVIDUAL COSTUME – 15 points
FIRST TEAM BACK – 10 points
INSTAGRAM #BikeScout – 3 points each
You can earn a maximum of 12 points when you post photos of your troop prepping for Bike Scout
Must include the hashtag #BikeScout
Must be posted before September 24
SECOND TEAM BACK – 7 points
THIRD TEAM BACK – 5 points
FOURTH TEAM BACK – 3 points
CHALLENGE CARDS (select at the start line) – Various points
PINK CARDS OF LOVE (find them on course) – Various points
You cannot be docked points, Pink Cards are all love
SPECIAL TROOP INFORMATION
- Your Troop Leader will receive more info via email – check with your troop leader (the person who registers your team) for event specifics, tips and advice.
- Arrive to the hunt early for check in and to enjoy a beer. This is your time to ask questions.
- Remember that this is a game with rules. Pay attention to the rules – they’re clearly spelled out on your manifest.
- We will go over rules, the lay of the land, scheduling and addition point opportunities at the start line just before the course opens.
FINISH LINE PARTY
The first teams back receive bonus points, so relax after your hard work scouting the city. VeloCult is a tavern and bike shop. Watch expert mechanics working on bikes, sample from their extensive rare beers tap list and hang out with your troop.
You Are Responsible For Your Own Safety
Follow the rules of the road. Ride respectfully.
Bike Scout is our opportunity to showcase to other road users how respectful bikers can be!
Share the road and ride safely. You are responsible for your own safety.
TIPS FOR WINNING
Bike Scout is a game with plenty of opportunity for strategy. Once you receive your manifest, sit down with your troop and make a plan of attack. Being back first can help, but that’s only one strategy to gain points.
What’s the best way to win? Follow the rules, plan your strategy and have fun. Fun is highly rewarded in this game.
Unless otherwise stated, your entire troop will work together on challenges, including photos (minus the photo taker). The Manifest will indicate how to accomplish the task and earn points.
Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is also participating and they must ride together at all times. Participants under 18 must have a legal guardian at Check In to sign the waiver. We may ask for proof of age so please come prepared. The event has some adult themes like drinking and wild antics, but nothing too over-the-top.
TWITTER > @BikeScout
INSTAGRAM > @BikeScoutScavengerHunt
Follow us on Instagram for bonus point opportunities and contests
We look forward to seeing you out there!
Your Stalwart Scout Masters,
Matt Stefanik and Ayleen Crotty
2015 Guest Scout Master: Lisa Luna