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Thomas Conger/VisionQuest Alumni
Williston Park New York
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I'm very excited to launch our new visionquest alumni group website!! I would appreciate your support by signing the guest book and leaving your comments in the forums section. I'm hoping many VQ alumni will use the site more often then Facebook because it will ultimately become more informative regarding... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2012 at Thomas Conger's blog
Good day everyone, I want to let everyone know that I'm working on having a website up and running in the next few weeks. My mission is to expand our networking capabilities and to reach out to other VisionQuest participants, ie; Staff & Youth and to also provide a safe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Thomas Conger's blog
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Vision Quest way: tough treatment for tough kids By Diana Loercher / February 25, 1980 New York "A year in the dark or a year in the dirt" is the way one boy sees the choice between jail and VisionQuest. VisionQuest is a program to rehabilitate delinquent teenagers by sending... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2012 at Thomas Conger's blog
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Wrangler enjoys working with Teens, Tom White VisionQuest Alumni Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Thomas Conger's blog
Ride 4 America/VisionQuest In 2002 a group of Cowboys rode horseback from Oklahoma City to New York City in order to raise money for people who lost loved ones in the two different terrorist attacks; Oklahoma City Bombing and 9/11 in New York City. They rode through 5 different states... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Thomas Conger's blog
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Legacy Wagon Train II Written by Meg Webb, VisionQuest Benefits Administrator I had the opportunity to take part in the second Legacy Wagon Train. These extraordinary experiences are being made available for VisionQuest staff allowing them to experience what the youth in our programs have done since 1976. For staff... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Thomas Conger's blog
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Hall of Fame: Gwen Mikeal “Mama Gwen” Gwen Mikeal Came to VisionQuest August 1, 1974 and spent the next 21 years giving her all to VisionQuest kids. The one thing said repeatedly by staff when asked about their experiences with Gwen was that bar none she knew every kid, what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Thomas Conger's blog
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Edward aka Mike Faamatau, My VisionQuest Brother.. I remember all the times we had in VisionQuest. Like the time we went on the Munchkin Quest and I couldn't carry that heavy backpack anymore and you took it from me and carried it with your own. Or the times when we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Thomas Conger's blog
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Jan 12, 2012
Daniel Old Elk is a Sundance Chief for the Crow Tribe in Montana. Mr. Old Elk has been involved with VisionQuest since its inception. He was instrumental in helping VisionQuest borrow the right to use the Crow Sweat Lodge and other ceremonies with young people. He teaches VisionQuest staff about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at Thomas Conger's blog
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VisionQuest was started in 1973 by Bob Burton and Steve Rogers. They left jobs in corrections because they saw too many youths being needlessly incarcerated at great expense to themselves and the public. They founded VisionQuest to provide effective alternatives to incarceration and early intervention programs to keep youngsters out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Thomas Conger's blog
ELOY, Ariz. - It's daybreak. The covered wagons are visible through a shroud of fog, but the morning's tranquility is deceptive. Overnight there has been trouble: runaways. "It's the jitters," says VisionQuest staff member Tim O'Sullivan. His wagon train has taken 45 convicted teen-age felons on a bumpy, dusty trip... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 30, 2011 at Thomas Conger's blog
As TV movies emerged, first on ABC and soon after on CBS and NBC, the networks were inundated with ideas, treatments, news stories, books, and existing screenplays -- some of which deserved to be made. Most didn't. Each network developed its own style and formula for what began as 90... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 30, 2011 at Thomas Conger's blog
Matt McLaughlin/The Record HeraldYouth from VisionQuest in South Mountain traveled on horseback down Third Street and through downtown Waynesboro Tuesday afternoon, slowing traffic on Route 16 as heads turned to watch and delighting a few children along the way. via www.therecordherald.com Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 30, 2011 at Thomas Conger's blog
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Barbara Harvey's story A stroll through memory lane as I looked through the pictures... I have never met a tougher group of people = staff & kids. The first time I walked onto VQ property was in Silver City, NM, I parked my car and walked into camp, it was dusk and on the hill to the left there was a very large circle beginning to form, A visceral moment when Time stood still. I didn't have a clue what I was doing, I just followed Grace Dix directions from Tucson and then followed people to the circle. There was something rather unnerving about the ominus feel of this big, human circle. Don Barnes and Jake Devonshire stood in designated directions. Jake and Don were rather ominus, come to think of it. I was dumbstruck,... and just how did this human circle associate to working with troubled, at-risk youth? Either I had just made a wrong turn up the road before entering this property or...wait...there is the Visionquest symbol on, are those tipis? OOOOwwww, I don't remember this in my interview or job description of "cook" and cooking in a hut I might add...or I had just become a part of something very powerful, bigger than myself. Thus, began my travels with VQ. I was a young doe myself, in those days. My journeys, quests in Big Bend Texas, ropes courses, singing with Cubans around the very big and deep fire pit, sweat lodges and Sun Dances in Montana - with legendary wilderness camp directors and Wagon masters. Staff riding, walking from Bar Harbour, Maine to Key Largo, Florida; boat crew and director sailing to Canada, walking for miles on the East Coast WT-all took me beyond physical, emotional and spiritual limits, and all gave me the substance, stamina, & character for my career. I really did want to "give up" when we had to walk a 30 mile day instead of our usual 25-27 mile day. In Jeans. it was John, lead youth walker, who talked me through those last few miles. Or while riding in the freezing, pouring rain in 'troop', I imagined myself jumping from the horse into the field before me and keep on running. Then Kerrie, from my tipi of young men, started singing acapello; I came back to reality and remembered, why I was... with these kids. I remember the Christmas we evacuated camp due to freezing rain in Alabama-sharing Christmas in an Army Corps building with the Rough Rider wagon train, putting legos together for Michael Bloom to wake up to (maybe it was for Terry-sorry guys) with Will Solentalor, Polly making us the most amazing medicine bags (I still have), Rick Z. giving me an eagle feather on the departure circle from the train or the time the KKK left us written messages on our vehicles and Steve Bloom gathered the entire train in a "family meeting" before leaving camp; calmly and confidently said, "Let's do what we do best." People who had faith to do what others thought unimaginable, that's where I wanted to be, especially if I could contribute to making a difference in some kid's life. It wasn't one person or another, it was the team that carried the train down the back dusty road. Michelle used to get the best camps! The amazing characters I met, don't even come as good in my favorite books; kids or staff. So thank you all, those before me, and those who came after me, youth and staff, you have enriched my life. AHOE! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Thomas Conger's blog
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MR BOB BURTON RESPONDS in " What would you ask Bob?" forum Thomas H Conger asked; Hi Bob, my question is.. What was the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in the beginning of the VisionQuest Program? Bobs response; The biggest obstacle in the beginning was funding to run... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Thomas Conger's blog
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Catherine Marie Strasser-Roether: 2/16/ 1961 – 1/1/2011 In all of Cathy’s life – mother , wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, foster parent, teacher, counselor – the two year she spent with VisionQuest were worth a lifetime to the kids and staff she touched. Born February 1961 in San Luis Obispo,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Thomas Conger's blog
‎"beautiful people do not just happen," Dedicated to Becky Wilson, She worked for VisionQuest in the past and went onto doing many extraordinary things for kids. "Pay attention to what's going on around you. Ask if there's anything you can do to help, and if you're worried about a child,... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 30, 2011 at Thomas Conger's blog
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Dec 28, 2011
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Seeking past VisionQuest Staff & Participants for an upcomimg Reunion. Anyone who was active in the Wilderness Camps, Wagon Trains, Boat Quest, Buffalo Soliders, Bike Quest, East Coast & West Coast VQ Programs are welcome to join us on our Quest for the biggest VQ Reunion ever! General Information VisionQuest... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Thomas Conger's blog
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Thomas Conger's blog