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Teen Quest

Program Description:

For the sixth year we will be running a Teen Quest. Our questers have had truly remarkable experiences and we are eager to provide this amazing experience again. This quest will offer a profound rites of passage experience for teens. We begin as a group and then journey alone to our quest circle for 2-4 days in nature. After, we will gather together and celebrate this passage and share how we will integrate this experience into our everyday lives. 

More about the Quest:

The Quest is a practice evolved by indigenous societies worldwide.  The people of these societies understood that for their culture to remain vital each member must breathe inspiration from their own inner vision & act from their soul's purpose in life. The Quest opens the participants heart to this inner 'knowing' & helps them apply it in everyday life. 

COTEF will offer a traditional wilderness Quest in the tradition passed down from Grandfather Stalking Wolf. The Quest directs you toward discovery of your own Inner Vision & strength qualities that are as pertinent to life today as when this ancient practice first evolved.  During the Quest experience we turn to the wilderness in search of a less distracted, "purified" state of mind & being.  The cleansing of the everyday is the heart of the Quest experience.  The mind is stilled, purified of all distractions, & we experience our true Self, often for the first time.  Insights emerge naturally, & are free from artificial limitations, new decisions can be made. True happiness is found in the light of knowing one's self & sensing one's purpose in life.

Most people come to their first Quest burdened with unrealistic assumptions & expectations about the Quest experience; therefore, the first days are spent with the Quest staff working intensively to identify & remove these obstacles. Ideally, the quester should enter the Quest circle innocently, wholly open to what will occur.

The Quest requires a fast from everything except water. To further minimize distractions & to heighten awareness of the spiritual dimensions, each quester is alone in the Quest circle. The final days allow for recovery from the rigors of the Quest and for re-entry into the company of others.

The Quest staff encourages each individual to explore & reflect on what was received in the Quest circle. Ways are discussed to carry this process & its insights back into the midst of daily life.

We strive to create for participants the basic experience of Questing as passed down by Grandfather Stalking Wolf & still practiced by many cultures worldwide today. Because of the physical demands & isolation of each quester, it is often a very challenging experience, pushing the limits of body, mind, emotions & spirit.

More information and FAQs

Ages and Prerequisites:

Open to teens age 14-17.  Must have completed the Family, Youth and Teen Experience


July 13-18
Holmes, NY- Camp Ludington

$695 for first person           
10% off for each additional family member from the same household.             

Deposit:            $200 per household 
Balance:           The balance for this program is due:      Friday, June 27

If paying by credit card, you may indicate if you’d like us to automatically charge the balance at the due date.

Bridge Program:  If you will be staying for more than one week and wish to stay at camp over the weekend, the following fees cover from noon on Friday until the next program begins on Sunday. 

Youth or Teen:  $70 for Bridge Program (for unaccompanied minors)

How to Register:

  • Print the registration form from the website or contact the office to receive via mail.   
  • Questers are asked to complete supplemental forms.
  • Submit completed application with the appropriate deposit. Fax: 888-479-2481, or Mail to: 928 Route 9, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
  • You will receive a confirmation including directions and equipment lists upon receipt.
  • Please make sure a separate medical information page is completed for each family member who will be attending.                 
* Financial Assistance is available.  Click here for our Scholarship Application

Early Registration Deadline:         June 6
*Registrations are taken past the deadline, but if sufficient registration is not received by the deadline, the program will be canceled.  This allows time for our staff as well as participants who are flying to make transportation arrangements without fear of program cancellation.  If flying in, please do not book flights until after the deadline.


The Children of the Earth Foundation      info@cotef.org    609-971-1799    928 Route 9, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Holly Strahan,
Dec 9, 2009, 4:10 PM