Imagine it’s a beautiful summer afternoon. What better time to go Questing? You and your family pick out an intriguing Quest and embark on your journey. You follow the clues one by one, and at last you find the hiding place where your treasure box awaits. Excitedly you peak inside…. and there lies the Quest box!
The Valley Quest program works behind the scenes to make sure that every Quester can experience the pleasure of solving a Quest.
It takes a great deal of manpower to ensure that each of our 200+ Quests is kept up to date with a fully-stocked treasure box at the end. As a result, we rely on volunteers like you to be our eyes and ears in the field.
We do our best to link each Valley Quest with a box monitor. A box monitor is a volunteer who “adopts” a Quest, tending to the Quest box and replenishing its materials as needed.
We have many amazing box monitors who have helped make this wonderful program what it is today. Yet we still have many unmonitored Quests that are begging to be tended!
We need your help!
Become a box monitor!
What does it take to be a monitor?
Box monitoring is easy and requires minimal time commitment. As a box monitor, all you have to do is:
- Put the box out by May 1 for the start of the Valley Quest season.
- Check on the box once or twice during the summer.
- Bring the box back indoors when the Questing season closes on November 1 and count the signatures in the sign-in book for the season.
- Make sure it has all the proper supplies. If the box is missing any contents, you can replace them yourself or pick up extra supplies from the Valley Quest Coordinator.
We encourage box monitors to take ownership of their Quests, and many monitors do just that. Traditionally box monitors personalized their Quest boxes by making their own sign-in books, carving their own unique stamp for the Quest box, or adding supplementary materials telling about the history pertaining to the area around the Quest.
Your Valley Quest Coordinator is happy to help you personalize your Quest box, but it’s not required. As long as you make sure your box has the basic materials, your Quest is good to go!
What contents go in a Valley Quest box?
Each Valley Quest box contains:
- A plastic container to keep the contents protected from the elements. Boxes should be clearly labeled as a Valley Quest box. (You can pick up a pre-made label from your Valley Quest Coordinator.)
- A stamp and ink pad. The Valley Quest Coordinator can help you make a stamp that’s unique for your Quest.
- A notebook and pen for Questers to sign in
The Valley Quest Coordinator will help you gather a box and all the required materials.
How do I sign up?
E-mail or call Valley Quest Coordinator Sara Cottingham at (802) 291-9107 X 107.
- Your Name
- Your phone number and e-mail address
- The town where you live
- Any specific interests or factors that will help us match you with a fitting Quest
How will I get matched up with a Quest?
We have Valley Quests all over the Upper Valley, so there are plenty of Quest locations to choose from!
If you already have a specific Quest in mind that you would like to monitor, just let us know! If not, we will do our best to match you to a Quest given your location and interests.
People generally prefer to monitor Quests that are located near their homes, work places, or other locations they visit frequently. Be sure to let us know what specific towns or areas would be most convenient for you to monitor.
Also, please let us know what types of Quests you would like to monitor. If you have limited mobility, we can pair you with an accessible Quest. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a physical challenge we can match you with Quests that involve hiking, biking, or canoeing.