• Camp Type: Day
  • Age of Campers: 6 - 18
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Accreditations: 1

Quest Therapeutic Camps of Southern California offer 7 weeks of summer day camps in Huntington Beach for children with mild to moderate difficulties behaviorally, emotionally or socially. Children who participate in Quest programming often have diagnoses of ADHD, anxiety, Asperger's Disorder, depression, learning disabilities and/or social problems. 

Quest Camps provide:

1) individualized behavior plans;

2) group therapy four times per week;

3) occupational therapy services to assist children in building their skills in self-regulation, sensory processing, motor skill development and bilateral coordination;

4) a 6 to 1 camper to staff ratio;

5) parent meetings with home therapeutic goal development;  

6) consistent positive interventions

7) Engaging fun activities for campers such as rock climbing, soccer, arts and crafts, and field trips such as high-ropes courses, trips to Knott's Berry Farm, bowling, Boomers, and beach days.

Quest utilizes a comprehensive therapeutic system that provides a treatment plan individualized for each child. By observing the child in camp activities throughout the day, our staff is able to see how problems present themselves. Jodie Knott, Ph.D., camp director and licensed clinical psychologist, coordinates the Quest treatment program. She has created and facilitated therapeutic, experiential learning interventions for children for over 15 years and specializes in the assessment and treatment of attention and learning disorders, in addition to mood disorders.

Quest staff is trained to provide positive intervention to teach new, constructive behaviors. Counselors provide verbal support for accomplishments and directions for areas of improvement.  By developing an open and nurturing environment where children feel accepted and respected, campers make positive changes because they feel safe to try new behaviors.

We are very proud at Quest to now have evidence-based research that supports what parents and professionals have seen for over twenty years!  During the summer of 2008, 155 families participated in an independent research study by Lisa Greenberg to measure the effectiveness of Quest’s therapeutic program. The results demonstrated treatment benefits rarely seen in psychological programs.  Quest was found to provide effective individualized treatment for children 6-18 years old with mild to moderate behavioral, emotional and/or social problems.  Significant reductions in hyperactivity, impulsivity, aggression and inattention were found, along with improvements in peer relations, family relations, athletic competency, behavioral control and self-esteem.  Behavioral problems were found to decrease not only at camp, but also at home, school and everyday life.  A 2-year study of the Southern California camp further confirmed these results finding significant decreases in impulsivity in aggression, impulsivity, and social problems and improvements in social awareness, social cognition, social communication after attending camp.  Children who come to Quest struggling to make friends, handling frustration and conquering their fears, leave with increased self-esteem and improved peer and family relationships. Their fears and frustrations are reduced and behavioral problems become less influential in their lives.  In addition, Quest parents have consistently rated Quest highly.  Specifically, rating very high satisfaction with the overall summer program, quality of staff, individualized goals and behavior ratings, campers’ enjoyment, and the ability to keep their child’s interest. 

Ten-week therapeutic groups are also conducted throughout the school year in the spring, fall and winter.


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