31 MAY DAY CHALLENGE

Come join in the fun for 31 days of USPS®/America's Boating Club® challenges!  This is for both members and non-members to learn about our organization, keep up with boating, maybe win a prize, and keep the quarantined blues away!

Goal: Complete as many of these daily challenges as possible to earn points. 

  • No Boat Required.

  • Competition can be started at any time throughout the month.

  • Challenges are for members and non-members. If you are familiar with one area, choose another (i.e., a different seminar).

  • Each competition takes an average of an hour (courses may take up to 2 hours).

  • A Social Media account (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) is not required. In lieu of one of these accounts, send details via email to help@usps.org. See Post Requirements below.

 

CALENDAR (IMAGE)

Download and or Print the calendar. (Change paper Layout to Landscape, before Printing)

 

CALENDAR (DAY-BY-DAY CHALLENGES)

Download and or Print the challenges. (Change paper Layout to Landscape, before Printing)

 
 
 
 

HOW TO PLAY:

  1. Bookmark this page in the web browser to access the daily descriptions and the calendar. PRO TIP – Download calendar and print.  Post on wall or refrigerator as a reminder to visit daily.

  2. On your start date, create a social media post with these words "I accepted America’s Boating Club #31MayDayChallenge! Join me as I have some boating fun! #ForBoatersByBoaters” (Can share the main post from Facebook’s America’s Boating Club page for 31 MayDay Challenge.)

  3. Each day, come back and complete the challenge.

  4. Take a picture of you completing the task.

  5. After completing the task, follow the rules below for posting your completion on social media.

  6. Share your posts, again and again, to encourage your friends and followers to join us.  (Bonus points for sharing the same post multiple times throughout the day!)

  7. Encourage others to participate by commenting on other friends/members post regarding the 31 MayDay Challenge.

  8. Sign up for SocialToaster as defined below.

  9. It is never too late to start!  Regardless of your start date, join us!

POST REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must use hashtags #ForBoatersByBoaters and #31MayDayChallenge. If you are doing a squadron competition or your squadron is competing as a team, add a hashtag with your squadron name, i.e., #SebastianInletSailandPowerSquadron. Hashtags are the only way we can see who is participating in the challenge.  No hashtag, no points as we won’t be able to find you.  (See FAQ "How to use a Hashtag" below for more information.)

  • Add this statement (URL is most important): "Find out how you can participate too at americasboatingclub.org/31maydaychallenge."

  • A brief one or two sentences post stating three things you learned about for each challenge.

  • If you researched another organization, including the organization name.

  • Pictures are optional but preferred. If you don’t have a picture to post, use the picture of the calendar.

HOW TO WIN / OBTAIN POINTS:

  • The top five people with the most points win.

  • A point is given each time a post is made or email sent to help@usps.org with the #ForBoatersByBoaters #31MayDayChallenge included.

  • Extra points are given forJoining or Renewing

  • Pictures included with posts; prefer a picture relating to you completing the task or the final result.

  • Pictures with boats, marinas, or other nautical items in the background.

  • Sharing your post or the main introduction post multiple times throughout the competition.

  • Tagging friends in your posts. If emailing Help Desk, then copy friends on your emails.

  • Each course or seminar took during the month of May (must post/email each time one is completed so we know).

SAMPLE POSTS: (these can be copied)

Start Post

  • “Join me in the #31MayDayChallenge #ForBoatersByBoaters - Find at how you can participate too at americasboatingclub.org/31maydaychallenge"

  • “I have accepted the #31MayDayChallenge #ForBoatersByBoaters Find at how you can participate too at americasboatingclub.org/31maydaychallenge"

  • Task Completion Post/Daily

  • “I have learned a new knot on Day 9 of the #31MayDayChallenge #ForBoatersByBoaters. Join me! Find at how you can participate too at americasboatingclub.org/31maydaychallenge"

  • “I never knew that Office Depot offered USPS/ABC members so many discounts on printing, equipment, and services. Join me on the #31MayDayChallenge #ForBoatersByBoaters. Find out how you can participate too at americasboatingclub.org/31maydaychallenge."

  • “I scheduled my boat for a Vessel Safety Check on Day 16 of the #31MayDayChallenge #ForBoatersByBoaters. Not too late to join me on this month-long challenge. Find out how you can participate too at americasboatingclub.org/31maydaychallenge".

  • “Have you heard of the Memorial Day Museum? I am sure you will learn more about this important day in US history. I did by completing Day 25 of the #31MayDayChallenge #ForBoatersByBoaters. Find out how you can participate too at americasboatingclub.org/31maydaychallenge."

Final Post

  • “I have completed the America’s Boating Club #31MayDayChallenge #ForBoatersByBoaters. I am looking forward to the next one! Find out how you can participate too at americasboatingclub.org/31maydaychallenge."

  • "I have learned so much with the #31MayDayChallenge #ForBoatersByBoaters. Thank you America’s Boating Club for entertaining me and my family during these challenging days! Find out how you can participate too at americasboatingclub.org/31maydaychallenge."

SOCIAL TOASTER

When you sign up to become an ambassador for America’s Boating Club on SocialToaster, you become a member of the America’s Boating Crew. To participate, all you have to do is link one of your social media accounts such as Facebook or Twitter to our SocialToaster program http://americasboatingclub.socialtoaster.com. Then when there is a post on America's Boating Crew page, you will be alerted by email. Either share the post directly from the email, or login to your SocialToaster account at https://americasboatingclub.socialtoaster.com/ to share the post from there. Clicking on the "View & Share" button under each post will provide you with the option to post on all your social media accounts or just the ones you select.  Remember, sharing a post is the best way to give visibility to the post, aka "make it go viral.” To join Social Toaster:

  1. Go to https://americasboatingclub.socialtoaster.com/

  2. Follow the steps and sign up with your preferred social media account(s).

  3. Visit the page regularly for updates and click on the View & Share option under a post. (Again, I can’t recreate the daily Challenge posts on SocialToaster, this program is not designed for this challenge in this way; I will create a post with a link to the web page explaining the Challenge so Ambassadors can find it that way.)

FAQs

  1. Who can participate?  Everyone; members and non-members.  Share with your friends and invite them to join in the fun.

  2. Is a boat required? No.  Boat not needed.

  3. What if I am not starting until later in the month? No problem!  Just complete as many challenges in the past that you can to catch up, or start whenever you can.

  4. Can I post information past May 31? We encourage you to do so, however, to get your points counted, all posts must be posted by May 31 midnight PST.

  5. Can we create a squadron or district challenge?  Yes, we encourage everyone to participate and have fun.

  6. What will I win? We have a very special surprise gift for the top 5 winners.  Remember, the challenge is here for fun, member involvement, and to help get the word out about boating to our communities.

  7. Do I have to complete each task on the exact day posted?  No, you can complete them whenever possible.

  8. What should I include in my social media post? See examples below, but always include #31MayDayChallenge and #ForBoatersByBoaters

  9. If I have any issues, who should I contact? Contact the Help desk at help@usps.org with a subject of “31MayDayChallenge”.

  10. How do I register to participate in the challenge? Hashtags must be included in every post or email.  #ForBoatersByBoaters #31MayDayChallenge. 

  11. How do you know I completed a task? By posting your completion post each day on social media or sending your daily email to help@usps.org and including hashtags.  #ForBoatersByBoaters #31MayDayChallenge.

  12. Do I have to complete all tasks?  No, you can complete the ones you are comfortable with.  You won’t know if others have completed many tasks or a few, so you are still in the running!

  13. What is a HASHTAG?  A hashtag is the same as the "pound" sign or "number" sign on your keyboard "#".  This symbol (#) proceeds a word or phrase.  It is used on social media websites and apps, especially Twitter, to identify messages on a specific topic. The phrase can be searched for, and all occurrences come up in a list.  For example, in the search bar at the top of Facebook, enter "#ForBoatersByBoaters" (not the quote signs) and all posts with that 'hashtag' used will appear below.  Click on each to see the post.

  14. How do I use a HASHTAG? When creating a post, write your text and type in #ForBoatersByBoaters #31MayDayChallenge or your phrase.  Simply, just typing it in without spaces will activate it upon posting.

  15. What is Social Toaster and how does it work?  When you sign up to become an ambassador for America’s Boating Club on SocialToaster, you become a member of America’s Boating Crew. To participate, all you have to do is link one of your social media accounts such as Facebook or Twitter to our SocialToaster program at http://americasboatingclub.socialtoaster.com. Then when there is a post on America's Boating Crew page, you will be alerted by email. Either share the post directly from the email, or log in to your SocialToaster account at http://americasboatingclub.socialtoaster.com/ to share the post from there. Clicking on the "View & Share" button under each post will provide you with the option to post on all your social media accounts or just the ones you select.  Remember, sharing a post is the best way to give visibility to the post, aka "make it go viral.”

 
 
 

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