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Girls Quest is the first recipient of the 2007 "Best People in NYC" Award sponsored by Snapple and the NYC Mayor's Volunteer Center.


For more than 80 years, Girls Quest (GQ), formally known as Girl’s Vacation Fund (GVF), has provided camp experiences during the formative years of young girls from the greater New York area.  We have offered fun and educational activities that have helped shape and open their lives to new possibilities.

As GQ continues to work to bring life back to the organization, we happily report that we have held some activities in 2018 that continued our efforts to reconnect and engage GQ/GVF Alumnae and leverage groups who have supported the organization in the past. Building on the momentum and success of our 2016 and 2017 outreach activities and family weekends, we sponsored the following events at Camp Oh-Neh-Tah this year: 

Alumnae Volunteer Work Weekend—Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3

Odd Fellows Work Day—Saturday, June 30

The GQ Board would like to thank the Alumnae, volunteers and Odd Fellows for their contributions of money, time and/or elbow grease to clean, repair, build, organize, plant, etc., to improve Camp Oh-Neh-Tah. We’d also like to thank The Home Depot for the supplies contributions and discounts that made it possible to provide the materials volunteers needed to give the property a face lift.

An extremely special “Thank You” goes out to an Alumnae and her husband who made a very generous donation to fund site improvements at Camp. We can’t thank them enough for their contribution that has been put to work enhancing the Camp grounds and buildings.

We have one more planned activity for Alumnae this year. We are happy to announce that we will be holding an Alumnae Weekend again on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 2018. This will be a weekend of fun and traveling down memory lane with the sounds, smells and feelings of camping of the past.

If you would like information and details about the Alumnae Weekend, please feel free to contact:

Eva Lewandowski at

Constance (Connie) Stine at

Staying true to our legacy of serving girls, GQ is moving forward to return to our mission to develop and nurture girls through an outdoor experience. Next year we will be offering a camping session. Please review the “Announcement” in the next column for more information about our 2019 Camp Session.

If you have any questions about GQ and where we are heading, feel free to contact our Board President, Eileen Murphy at 212-532-7050. Or you can reach out to GQ at 

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Unfortunately, Girls Quest has not been in the position to run a camping program for girls for the past few years, but that’s about to change. We are excited to announce that we are working towards running a Camp session during the summer of 2019! Two Alumnae and former GVF employees, Eva Lewandowski and Connie Stine, are working closely with the GQ Board to put together a plan and 7-day camping program for Camp Oh-Neh-Tah. We’ll be starting slow with one session for a bus load of girls from New York City and some local girls from the Windham area. Our plan is to serve a larger number of girls in subsequent years and plan additional sessions as we secure more funding and make additional changes and improvements to the Camp.

The dates for Camp are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 15 to Thursday, August 22, 2019. Onsite Staff training will start on Sunday, August 11 and continue until the campers arrive on Thursday, August 15. As we get closer to the staffing and recruiting process for this program, we’ll share more. At that time we will be seeking volunteers to help with the registration process and to work at Camp during the camping session. We would love to see Alumnae at Camp serving as Specialists, General Counselors or Unit Leaders. If you would like to volunteer early to be a part of the Camp Staff that will usher in a new generation of campers at Camp Oh-Neh-Tah, please feel free to reach out to Eva and Connie at the email address below:

Eva Lewandowski at

Constance (Connie) Stine at

Keep an eye on this website for information about staff training, program highlights, registration details and general updates.

If you would like to contribute to the efforts to get Camp Oh-Neh-Tah ready for new campers, please send your charitable donation payable to Girls Quest to the GQ Board Treasurer, Florence Danforth-Meyer at Sotheby’s International Realty, C/O Florence Danforth-Meyer, 38 East 61th St., 6A, NY, NY 10065. We will truly appreciate your generosity.

Be sure to return to this Homepage for new developments on our journey to offer our unique camping experience again. We will also be using this Homepage to introduce a fundraising campaign that will be designed to raise funds to underwrite the cost of running Camp next year.