Since 2007, Summit Quest has been dedicated to providing support services and meeting the needs of those affected by cancer. We believe everything that we accomplish develops and inspires one of our three key pillars of strength, hope, and service. Below are detailed descriptions of the programs and services that we offer.
Circle at the Summit
A youth focus support group for children ages 6-17 who are facing cancer directly or who have a parent or loved one affected by cancer. Meetings involve an interactive program and art projects that promote self-expression and emotional support, as well as a safe space to ask questions. Support is also provided to children and families who are unable to attend the meetings through the distribution and follow up with educational and support resources.
Outdoor Adventure Trips
We enjoy leading groups of young people and families on various outdoor adventure trips that are designed to allow participants to work together and share an experience that highlights the strength held inside each of us. All trips are led by a certified outdoor professional and take place in a positive and supportive environment. Adventures include: Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Canoeing, Paddle Boarding, White Water Rafting, Backpacking, and Camping.
The Roy Philpot Scholarship
Each year, we sponsor the Roy Philpot Scholarship, which is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to one young person whose life has been impacted by a cancer diagnosis. This can be used by an individual who is working through secondary education.
Acts of Kindness
Acts of kindness are meant to address the increased moments of need that families encounter when dealing with a cancer diagnosis, whatever that might include.
Road to Recovery
Summit Quest manages a transportation fund and serves as a lead for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program. As part of this program, we coordinate and provide volunteer drivers to get individuals to and from their treatment sessions for chemotherapy and radiation.
Base Camp Family Retreat
Yearly, we take families to Base Camp Family Retreat, a retreat where families are encouraged to come and spend the day together participating in outdoor activities, eating meals, and reflecting on their journeys together.
Team Tiger Flight
Partnering with our friends at the Tiger Flight Foundation, Summit Quest offers families facing cancer the opportunity to spend a day leaving their worries behind. Families meet at local Richard B. Russell airport where they spend the day enjoying free flights around Rome. Each flight offers participants the feeling of freedom and a chance to feel in control of their direction in life.
Why We Love Summit Quest
"We have somebody to talk to us about our feelings." - Gage (10)
"You guys really care about us kids that have been through a lot of things with family members that have died and I feel like I should thank you for really caring about us." -TK (10)
"Getting to be around people that have been through the same stuff that I have been through." -Justyce (11)
"Having the chance to express my feelings to someone that understands." Cydnee (11)