What is Quest?

Quest is a 4-week summer intensive for Christian young men age 14 and up, hosted once a year in Texas by the International ALERT Academy. By teaching basic life skills and Biblical truths, Quest motivates young men to put away childish things and choose Christlike manhood.

Learn More

Watch the Quest Video

Video Credit: Stuart Covey

Vision

Quest exists to help young men as they strive for responsible, Biblical manliness. We seek to cast a vision for manhood and answer the questions guys have about the transition from child to man. Our goal is to be a useful tool for parents seeking to encourage their sons to strive after maturity.

Mission

1. Challenging young men toward God-glorifying manliness.
2. Assisting parents by providing instruction in practical life skills from a Biblical worldview, thereby challenging young men to grow in responsibility.
3. Encouraging young men to develop healthy relationships with Godly role models.

Who can come to Quest?

Any young man who will be 14 or older by the end of Quest is welcome to apply.

Is there an upper age limit?

Quest is designed for young men between 14 and 17 years old. We recommend that young men 17 and older take a good look at ALERT Basic Training!

What if I’m too late and registration fills up?

About 60 young men attend Quest every summer, but our facilities are equipped to handle many more, so don’t worry; we’ve got room for you!

What should I bring with me?

Everything you’ll need can be found on the Quest Packing List.

What can I expect at Quest?

Quest is a 4-week intensive program for young men who want to grow in faith, maturity, and readiness for life. Think of it as the perfect blend of summer camp and boot camp – lots of fun, but plenty of challenges along the way! (Response alarms, mud runs, night hikes – you get the idea.)

What is the daily schedule like?

Here is what a typical day at Quest 2016 looked like: the day starts with personal devotions at 5:30am, followed by PT and room inspections. After breakfast at 8:00, a morning chapel is held, then a class or workshop session runs until lunch at noon. Afternoons are filled with hands-on activities, recreation or additional classes. After supper, everyone pitches in to complete daily chores and special projects with their teams. Most evenings, there is a session, and then the students meet in smaller groups for evening devotions with their group leaders. Lights out is at 9:15. Of course, the schedule will vary from day to day, especially in the case of a hike, a service project, or another special event.

Why do you call adolescence a myth?

Much of the world today believes that in between childhood and adulthood, there’s a period of 5-10 years in a young person’s life during which they begin to exercise the rights that most grown-ups enjoy, without having to take on too many new responsibilities just yet. We think God has something different in mind, and we want young people to understand that “Godly maturity” means your rights and your responsibilities go hand in hand, even if you’re just 14!

How much does it cost?

$1,550 ($1,650 if your application is postmarked after May 28.)

Do you offer any discounts or scholarships?

If two brothers attend Quest in the same year, one is eligible for a 15% discount; this discount does not apply to the additional electives that have extra fees. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer scholarships at this time.

My friend is coming to Quest with me. Can we be roommates?

If you’d like to room with a friend during Quest, let us know when you apply. We may or may not be able to fulfill your request.

Can I bring my cell phone?

We want to provide all of our students with an environment that’s free from distractions, so they can focus on learning more about God and getting to know each other better. You can bring your phone with you, but you’ll only need it a few times each week, when you call home to catch up with your family. The rest of the time, it will be checked in with your group leader; that way, you won’t have to worry about it getting dropped or lost on a trail somewhere.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Our dining hall features a serving line staffed by our kitchen staff and volunteers, so students can refuse any foods that are not appropriate for them, and there are always plenty of options. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions ahead of time, using the Medical History Form on page 7 of the Quest application.

How do you handle prescription or over-the-counter medications?

Students may store vitamins, supplements, and most over-the-counter medications with their personal gear. Prescription medications and homeopathic remedies are turned in to team leaders for safekeeping, but are available to you upon request; plus, your team leader will help you keep track of your doses. If you use an epi-pen or inhaler, we ask that you bring two: one to keep with you at all times, and one for our staff to have on hand as a back-up.

What if I get sick or need a doctor during Quest?

We have a number of paramedics on staff; they will advise and administer treatment for most minor injuries. At your parents’ direction we will seek further medical attention locally if needed, so be sure to submit your insurance information when you apply.

How hot does it get in Texas during the summer?

Texas weather varies significantly from year to year; summer temperatures can range from the low 80’s to over 100 degrees. Our staff closely monitors the weather, and if an outdoor event can’t be done safely, we’ll reschedule it for another day.

Changed Lives

Statement of Faith

The International ALERT Academy affirms the cardinal doctrines of Scripture that have been defended by historic statements of faith. These include the divine inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, the original sin nature of man, the atonement for sin by Christ’s shed blood, and the justification by faith in Jesus as the Christ.

We also believe that a complete and inspired statement of faith was given by Jesus Christ when He taught precise commands on how to love God and others, and that these commands transcend all cultures, nationalities, religions, and political systems.

International ALERT Academy