Making a Difference
For more than 80 years, Girls Quest (GQ), formally 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 Catskills 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 »
2019 kicked-off Girls Quest’s return to the camping business after suspending our camping program in 2012. We rolled out a program with 30 girls that focused on literacy-based events along with some traditional camp activities that create the foundation of the Girls Quest experience. During the seven day program, girls had an unforgettable and unique time exploring nature and engaging in adventures that stretched their expectations of their capabilities. LEARN MORE »
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 »
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Girls Quest Blog
The Board of Girls Quest was ecstatic about running a camp session in August 2019 and fully returning to our mission. Finding our way back to our mission was not easy. Over the past seven years, the organization went through peaks and valleys. But through it all, a vision of young girls running through camp again and swimming in Silver Lake remained. Granted at times that vision was cloudy, but it never went away. Thank Goodness!