Earning Badges

Count what counts

Perhaps the most important guiding principle for Clue Ride is to “Count what Counts“. It’s hard to name a price for something so squishy as “building community”, or “strengthening relationships”.

Badges are one way to encourage counting what counts.

Clue Ride’s badging system is still coming together, but it’s based on Open Badges, a software system that allows defining a set of criteria and then officially recognizing when someone has met those criteria. They are being used today in the field of education, and are rapidly being adopted by other fields.

Although there are currently no standards for “counting what counts” criteria, that won’t be something that stops Clue Ride from proposing a set of criteria and (we hope) might provide something others can learn from.


Guide Badges

Guides are the Clue Ride hosts who make sure Seekers enjoy their outing. They are experienced with the course, with leading groups on Clue Ride, and allow the group’s fun to flow unencumbered.

These are the badges earned by Guides:

  • Guide App Training
  • Completed Shadow Guide outings.
  • Course completion for that Course.


Steward Badges

Clue Ride’s Courses are crowd-sourced by Stewards.

These are the badges required to become a Clue Ride Steward:

  • Clue Ride Steward App Training
  • Clue Ride Steward Skills Training

Stewards will first install the Application which allows submitting destinations and puzzles and complete training for use of the app. Upon successful completion of supervised field tasks, the badges are awarded and a new Steward is born who can shape new courses and add to the breadth and depth of existing courses.

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Badge Levels

Families have children, parents, and grandparents. Schools have primary, secondary and universities. And games have Levels.

As your skill progresses, you achieve progressively higher levels of badges. This describes the Badge Levels awarded by Kinex.

Level Sample (with color) Description


Do you know?

Badge icon "Glasses (4620)" provided by Scott Lewis, from The Noun Project under Creative Commons - Attribution (CC BY 3.0) This level demonstrates awareness. The Aware Badge is awarded upon completing reading tasks, brief visits to locations, and participating in discussions. Holders of this Badge know about the power of connecting, but may have not yet established a practice of belonging and connected-ness.


Just Do It!

Badge icon "Outhouse (2516)" provided by Luis Prado, from The Noun Project under Creative Commons - Attribution (CC BY 3.0)

This level demonstrates skilled adeptness. The Adept Badge is awarded after sustained connected-ness practice. Training has reached the point you no longer have to think about it and habits have been formed. Holders of this Badge have established a connected-ness practice.


Build it and they will come.

Badge icon "Exercise (318)" provided by The Noun Project under The symbol is published under a Public Domain Mark

This level demonstrates a willingness to help others belong, and also an ability to  create safe spaces where we can play (we are at our creative best when we play). The Advocate Badge is awarded upon completing steps which build Kinex and the community it serves.



Badge icon "Dove (5214)" provided by Scott Lewis, from The Noun Project under Creative Commons - Attribution (CC BY 3.0) This level demonstrates an ability to paint a picture of the future, lead by example, and weave together all the pieces needed to bring about that future. The Angel Badge — also known as the Weaver Badge — is awarded to those who create the next <fill-in-the-blank>.

Playing the Kinex game awards most badges at the Aware (Orange) and Adept (Green) levels. The Advocate (Blue) level badges are awarded for building and maintaining the Courses, Locations, and Puzzles. Kinex is still young, so Angel Badges are but a canvas. Kinex is a bit of paint and maybe a set of brushes for painting a community’s picture.