Become a Quest Monitor!

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… nothing!

The Valley Quest program works behind the scenes to make sure that every Quester can experience the pleasure of discovering a fully equipped Quest Box upon reaching the finish of their Quest.

It takes a great deal of manpower to ensure that each of our 160+ 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 Monitor. A Quest Monitor is a volunteer who “adopts” a Quest, tending to the Quest box and keeping its materials fresh.

We have many amazing Quest Monitors who have helped make this wonderful program what it is today. But we still have many Quests yearning to be tended!

We need your help! Email valleyquest@Vitalcommunities.org if you would like to become a Quest Monitor.

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What does it take to be a Steward?

Monitoring a Quest-Box is easy and requires minimal time commitment. As a 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 and report this to the VQ Coordinator.
  • 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 VQ Coordinator.

That’s it!

We encourage Quest Monitors to take ownership of their Quests, and many 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. To go above and beyond, you can brainstorm ways to improve your Quests in their adventurousness or learning value.

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!

Each Valley Quest box contains:

  1. 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 label from your Valley Quest Coordinator.)
  2. A stamp and ink pad. The Valley Quest Coordinator can help you make a stamp that’s unique for your Quest.
  3. A notebook and pen for Questers to sign in
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The Valley Quest Coordinator will help you gather a box and all the required materials.