2021 Camp Quest Leadership Summit

Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 7
Staunton, VA

We are excited to announce that this year’s summit will be live and in person!  As always, this event and included meals will be free of charge to Camp Quest volunteers.  The registration fee for others is $75. There will be a slate of informational and interactive sessions, as well as ample opportunities for informal socializing and discussion. A full schedule will be announced by September, along with the formal registration.

This year, scheduled events will be held in the co-working space that hosts the CQ National Support Center. In addition to the reserved meeting spaces, attendees will be able to take advantage of a game room, a large common area, and distributed seating areas, allowing for a more casual and relaxed experience. 

Hosting the summit in Staunton provides an opportunity for volunteers in the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian regions to attend easily and at low cost. We also look forward to introducing our communications firm and potential local day camp partners to the Camp Quest community. 

Meeting details:  

Sessions and social events will be held at the Staunton Innovation Hub. https://www.stauntonhub.com/ The full schedule will be available in September. The conference will include 2 lunches and one dinner, all vegan. Free parking is available nearby: https://www.ci.staunton.va.us/residents/parking

Getting there: Staunton is located at the intersection of interstates 81 and 64. It is 2.5 hours’ drive from Washington DC and 2 hours’ drive from Richmond, VA. The town’s airport is SHD and the Charlottesville airport (CHO) is about 40 miles away. Other transportation options include Megabus and Amtrak. Please see details here: https://visitstaunton.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here/

Lodging: There will be no central hotel and we encourage everyone to find accommodation that fits their budget. Staunton has a wide range of lodging – see here for a listing: https://visitstaunton.com/stay/  There are full houses available on Airbnb which can provide economical accommodations for groups. On the higher end ($150-200 a night), Hotel 24 South, Frederick House, Gibson’s Warehouse and Berkeley House are all within 3 blocks of the meeting space.

Make a vacation of it: Staunton is 25 minutes from Shenandoah National Park to the east, and George Washington National Forest to the west. https://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/  The summit will take place just after peak foliage, but that means you can see farther from the trails!

Financial assistance: CQ National has budgeted $1500 total for travel reimbursements for volunteers, with a cap of $150 per person. If you are interested, please write us at camp@campquest.org and include documentation of your costs, such as a screenshot showing mileage or the cost of a bus. Car mileage can be reimbursed at the standard 2021 rate of 56 cents per mile. 

Call for volunteers: 

Superstar volunteers: We need two volunteers who can commit to 20 hours of volunteer work each over the weekend. A room for each volunteer will be provided at Hotel 24 South for three nights (checking in Thursday Nov. 4 and checking out Sunday Nov. 7). Duties include room set up, meal help (setting out food, clean up) and attending the check-in table.

Game night volunteers: The first night will include a pizza party and time for games. Who wants to lead a game?

Other volunteers will be needed to attend the check-in table and to assist with online sessions. In addition, we will be asking for volunteers to run a session or two! 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at camp@campquest.org