Making a Difference
For more than 80 years, Girls Quest (GQ), formerly known as Girl’s Vacation Fund (GVF), has been a key that unlocked a world of possibilities for over 60,000 underserved girls from NYC and Greene County, New York. Our mission is to use an experiential, academic, fun and socially enriched program, to nurture girls and help them achieve their full potential. GQ’s residential camp, held at Camp Oh-Neh-Tah in the Catskill Mountains, strives to empower girls to become individuals driven to be active members in their communities, make a difference and appreciate nature.
- Alumnae Volunteer Work Weekend—May 20-21
- Sojourner Saturday—June 10
- Alumnae Volunteer Work Day—June 17 & June 24
- Windham 4th of July Parade—July 4
- Camp 2023 Staff Training—July 10-13 —Note: Actively Recruiting Staff
- Camp 2023 Teen Leadership Training—July 12-13
- Camp 2023—July 14-22
- Camp Sojourner at Camp Oh-Neh-Tah—July 29 – August 5
- Alumnae Family Weekend — August 11-13
Camping provides an opportunity to take girls away from challenging surroundings and immerse them into a space where they can safely have fun outdoors, relax, learn, meet new friends and discover their best selves. Research by the American Camp Association has shown that Camp, more than some other youth programs, provides a positive development environment that can build successful life skills. LEARN MORE »
During the summer of 2020, the pandemic didn’t stop Girls Quest from meeting our mission. If we couldn’t bring girls to Camp, we decided to bring Camp to girls via GirlsQUEST@Home. This 10 day virtual program ran from 9am to 12pm and received rave reviews from participants and parents. The program, that mirrored some of the Camp Oh-Neh-Tah experience, was supportive, engaging, energetic and fun, as well as informative. It was such a success that we decided to continue the program and now offer GirlsQUEST@Home Year-Round.
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You can make a difference in a young girl’s life by participating in the “Sponsor a Girl for Camp” CAMPaign, making a general contribution, donating Wish List items via Amazon or Volunteering. Whichever way you choose to help us make camping a reality for deserving girls will be greatly appreciated. Please take a moment to discover more details about how to Get Involved. LEARN MORE »
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In 2020 when the Girls Quest Board of Directors made the decision to cancel Camp 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Connie Stine, our Camp Director, wasn’t willing to shut the door to providing a camping experience for girls. She decided that if we couldn’t physically bring girls together safely for camp at Camp Oh-Neh-Tah, she’d figure out a way to safely bring camp to our girls. And with that determination, GirlsQUEST@Home (GQ@H) was born—a 10-day virtual camping experience delivered in the safety of a participant’s home. The program ran from August 3-12, 2020, and was held between 9 am-12 pm each day.
Girls Quest is a 501 (c) (3) organization and is incorporated in New York State.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.