In times past families relied on their growing children to help the family succeed financially. As children grew in strength, ability and maturity, they were required to work. Real work. Work that could mean the difference between eating or not in the coming winter. Doing this kind of work was hard, but it built character and confidence. It produced men and women who understood and desired adulthood in a way that doing a few chores around the house rarely does.
Even though I know this, I struggle in my suburban life, to find enough meaningful tasks for my older teens. There simply isn’t enough of the same kind of work to be done around my home. Certainly not the kind that means we might have a long, hungry winter. I have found something that has helped them tune out electronics and work hard, however. It is called QUEST. It is a time-intensive, character rich, skills building scholar project that requires teens to work hard and find great meaning in the process. This year, QUEST is being mentored by Diana Petersen at Leadership Education Academy and we feel so lucky to have her.
Stephen R. Covey has said that when times get tough, the solution and answers lie in principles — principles that are universal, timeless, self-evident, and enduring. It’s what the world needs right now and Quest is the course where these principles are taught. Quest is the crème de le crème of scholar projects, it’s the icing on the cake, or the fresh fruit smoothie on a hot day!