Quest was developed by Robert Field, Ph.D in 1989. The intensive, 5 day/week summer program has been demonstrated to have a strong treatment effect in 3 different studies. The 10-week, 2 hour Afterschool program has been found to minimize the impact of stress from school academics and social interactions, minimizing anxiety and depression. Dr Field oversees the program. Erin Meyer, MFT, who has been with Quest for 20 years, now acts as director. Gianna Scolini, MA directs the Afterschool program. Gianna has been with Quest over 10 years and has exceptional skills and training. Sal Maciel, MA will join Gianna as the second therapist in the Afterschool program. All staff have completed with 4-day training program run by Dr. Field, Ms. Meyer and Ms. Scolini. We have a 5-1 camper/counselor ratio with counselors assuming primary responsibility to provide intervention based on individualized goals developed by the therapy staff.
Quest Camp Counselors are unique because they all have demonstrated a dedication to improving the lives of children. All Quest Counselors must be either attending, or have graduated from college. In recent years, 50% of our staff have been attending or have completed graduate training programs and work at Quest for additional supervised hours. Staff members are hired based on their personal qualities, experience with children, and their college education. Few programs have staff with the therapeutic background and training of Quest. All staff complete a 36-hour training program prior to working at Quest and have been certified in CPR/First Aid.
Pursuant to The Quest System, camper to counselor rations are 6 to 1 for most groups and 4 to 1 for our youngest campers. All Quest Counselors are trained and supervised by Quest Professional Staff.
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Quest Camp Counselors are unique because they all have demonstrated a dedication to improving the lives of children. All Quest Counselors must be either attending or have graduated from, college and we often look to staff applicants who have – at the minimum – completed their sophomore year of college. Staff members are hired based on their personal qualities, experience with children, and their level of education. Graduate students and those who recently have graduated receive supervised hours towards their licensing.
All counselors are subject to background checks and must comply with American Camping Association standards.
Many Quest Counselors are studying/have studied psychology and/or child development and several of our counselors have gone on to careers in psychology, counseling, and education.
If you are interested in applying to work at a Quest Camp, click here,to complete an application. We typically begin reviewing applications for summer camp counselors the January before camp starts.