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.
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, leveraging AmazonSmile, 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 »
“I have learned to be myself
and not worry about what people think of me.”
Girls Quest Blog
We fought our way out of dormancy, re-established ties with Alumnae, found funding, prepared Camp to operate again, and welcomed girls back to Camp Oh-Neh-Tah during the summer of 2019.
We were flying high because we finally had momentum again, and the future was so clear. WE WERE BACK!!
And then….COVID-19 came on the scene, made itself known in an ugly way, and forced the world to take notice.
Camp 2020 was no longer a done deal. The question became…. should we continue down the path to rollout resident camp with the risks associated with this new pandemic environment?