Become a Counselor
At Camp Quest North we are always in need of enthusiastic, experienced, and caring people to be counselors. As a counselor you will stay in cabins with campers all week, lead and help with activities, and encourage campers to ensure that everyone has an amazing week of camp. We have some paid and some volunteer positions. To apply, please click on the online application link below. After you apply, you will be contacted regarding an interview. Once, you have completed and interview and been initially approved to be a counselor, you will need to send in a notarized informed consent form. Most banks have a free notary service. Please note that counselors arrive to camp one day prior to campers for training. Registration will open on January 1st!
Become a Board Member
We are always seeking motivated and experienced people for our Board of Directors. We meet once per month and support camp through fundraising, decision making, accounting, and outreach. Please email us if you are interested.
Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Theresa Bulander, M.Ed. Ph.D., has served on the CQ North board since October 2014 and her two children started as campers in 2013. Her professional work focuses on youth development in extracurricular settings. Theresa’s extracurricular activities include running, sewing costumes, and co-hosting and producing two podcasts about British television.
Vice Chair of the Board and Registrar
Soil and fertilizer nerd and one time award winning costume maker, Andria has her BS in Environmental Science and MS in Soil Science. She works as an environmental compliance specialist for a farmer owned co-op. She has been with Camp Quest North for the last seven summers. She enjoys downhill ski racing, photography, and cosplay. When she does find herself with some free time she can be found playing video games with her spouse and hanging out with their cats, one of which has thumbs. Class: Mage Alignment: Neutral Good Skills: Nature, Investigation, Cat tamer Weakness: Gluten
Chris Bovitz is currently the secretary for Camp Quest North. He has been a member of the board since 2014. He first heard of Camp Quest on one of the a freethinker podcasts he regularly listens to. After learning about Camp Quest, and that there’s a Camp Quest camp nearby in the Twin Cities, he felt that this would be a good way for his kids to not only get that summer camp experience, but do so in an way that’s consistent with his values. He was right: His kids had a blast for the three years they went, meeting other interesting, like-minded kids from the area. He especially liked that the camp wasn’t just a “go out and play” camp, but that the kids learned something, too. While he’s been on the board, he has worked on helping Camp Quest North and its camps in Minnesota and Iowa become more accessible and more known to more people who are looking for what he was looking for in a summer camp for his kids. When he’s not working to improve and expand Camp Quest or working at his job of software engineer, he’s probably cycling, or playing his trombone in a community band, or announcing at high school games, or enjoying time with his kids.
Norm Barrett- Wiik
Our fearless treasurer from the beginning!
Marissa Kocaman joined the CQ North board in October 2017. She first learned about Camp Quest when she heard a fellow board member give a persuasive and informative speech about the camp at a Freethought Toastmasters meeting. Originally from Minnesota, Marissa moved to Maine in 2004 where she studied political science and music at Bates College. After a few years working in Washington, DC as a government analyst and volunteer ESL teacher, she moved back to Minnesota. She currently works in the field of marketing. Marissa lives in Maplewood with her husband, daughter, and cat. One of her hobbies is learning new languages–she speaks Spanish and Turkish, and is starting to learn Mandarin Chinese. In her free time, she enjoys cross country skiing.
Nancy is the mother of three adult children and has been married to her wonderful husband for 34 years. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Both through her work and her life she has seen how important it is to promote Critical thinking. Nancy has been a board member of Camp Quest for a few years. She believes in teaching critical thinking skills to all ages.
Jim has volunteered with Camp Quest since 2012 as a counselor and camp director. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa and works as a plant genetics researcher. In his free time Jim and his girlfriend go on road trips to tour state capitol buildings, presidential libraries and to see aging rock stars in concert.
Michelle has been a camp counselor three times, and has been on the CQ board since October of 2018. She is an advocate and educator of students and campers alike. Passionate about social justice and equity, she strives to make Camp Quest and safe and fun experience for both counselors and campers. In her free time, she enjoys surfing, swing dancing, and rock climbing.
Emily Johnson has been going to Camp Quest since she was 10, and was very eager to become more involved in her adult life. She has been on the board since October 2018, and has served on the planning committee since 2017. Emily is currently perusing her BS in Business Management at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and watching Disney movies.
Nicole has been volunteering/working with Camp Quest since 2009. Her MAEd has proven to be quite useful in planning and orchestrating the many nuances of a summer camp. Currently, her time is spent being the Camp Coordinator, doing fun stuff with her wife, and being a professional auntie to two little people who have been living with them since 2015. She enjoys dancing, museums, reading non-fiction, creating, cooking, biking, and swimming. Very excited for another summer of camp.