Student Leadership

​​Since starting at Trinity College in 2004, Quest has trained over 100 student leaders to lead the pre-orientation program for up to 120 first-years during our August programs. Student Leaders will learn transferable leadership skills that will be develped over time including: decision making skills, risk assessment, facilitation skills, and how to effectivly work in co-pairing all while welcoming our current incoming class. The student leadership team plays a critical roles in the program's delivery and success. 

Quest leadership positions ​ are open for all current students. Quest is now accepting applications for Summer 2017! Applications are due Friday February 10, 2017, but may be submitted any time beforehand. The application for both Quest instructor and logistics/climbing specialists can be seen here

All leaders and logistics specialists accepted to the Quest program participate in the following training and leadership experiences:

  1. Wilderness First Aid Training (WFA)
  2. May - New Instructor Training held during Senior week
  3. August Leadership development training- held a week prior to Quest programs
  4. Co-facilitate two Quest programs in August 
  5. Quest program debrief - held the day after all Quest programs return to campus
Within the Leadership Structure there are four different positions which students can apply. Click on the position below for a position description. To apply for a leadership positon please send your application to the Quest, Program Director:

​​ ​Instructor Trainers
2016 Quest Year

Nick Recka
Class of 2017
Nick is  rising senior from Bethesda, Maryland and is double majoring in psychology and Spanish. He is a residential assistant, the head of research at TedXTrincoll, and a member of the pi kappa alpha fraternity on campus. He also co-hosts a radio show for the school's radio station, WRTC. "When I read about the Quest program, I knew I had to signup, and I'm so glad I did. I can't imagine my college experience without the Quest program, and I have made some of my best friends here." 

Class of 2017
“From my first steps in the streams of Juneau, Alaska to my leadership experiences with the Quest Program, the out-of-doors have always been a part of my life.”  Kathryn is a rising senior at Trinity College where she studies biochemistry and works as a research assistant investigating developmental patterns in scaled reptiles.  She has been an active member of the Quest Program since her freshman year.  “In addition to helping me make enormous strides towards becoming the leader I hope to someday be, Quest eased my transition from high school to college.  The program offered me a network of supportive network upperclassman and countless friendships that have lasted me throughout my college career.”   

Caroline Feeney
Class of 2017
Caroline is a political Science and Urban Studies major with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Caroline is from La Jollla, California and is a rising Junior who has been involved with Quest since her Freshman year. Caroline is on the Trinity Women's Rowing team, a member of  the Student Athletic Advisory Council, and is involved with the Trinity Tripod. "Participating and becoming involved with Quest is one of the best decisions that I have made at Trinity. I can speak for myself, and for the whole Quest community in saying that we love what we do and are  excited to share it with everyone!"

Tom Naragon​
Class of 2017

Tom is a rising senior studying biochemistry.  Tom is also involved with many student organizations including:  the German Club, the Chemical Society, is a supplemental teaching assistant for multiple chemistry classes and labs, and currently works in a research lab studying the changing chemical makeup of blood throughout the progression of Parkinson's disease.  Tom participated in Quest as a first-year  and has been a logistics member since his sophomore year. Tom is thrilled to be the logistics coordinator for the upcoming Quest season and looks forward to meeting more amazing people out on the trail in 2016.

​​​​​Ryan Miller
Class of 2017
Ryan is a double major in Political Science and Mandarin Chinese. He is very excited to be back at Trinity after a semester abroad in Shanghai, China where he studied intensive Mandarin. At Trinity, Ryan is a member of the school’s Student Government Association, an Admissions Tour Guide, and plays on the Rugby team. Ryan participated in Quest as a first year and has been involved in the program since. “I can’t think of a better way to start off your time at Trinity than with the Quest. The friendships and experiences from the trail open up a great network of students from all aspects of the school community. There’s nothing better than running into another Quest participant on campus; the stories to be exchanged are endless.” 

Chloe White
Class of 2018

Chloe is from St. Paul, Minnesota and a Neuroscience major. On campus she’s part of the Neuroscience Club, a member of the American Medical Student Association, and works as a barista at Peter B’s (the on-campus coffee shop) in her spare time. A rising junior, Chloe has been involved with Quest since her first year as a participant. “I always struggle to figure out what my favorite part of Quest is: the connections made between all of the members of the program, the substantial personal growth it creates, or the experiences you have on trail that you can only find in the wilderness. Everyday as I walk across campus and see other students from Quest, I’m grateful that I decided to start my college experience with the program.” 

Sean Coughlan
Class of 2018
Sean is a rising junior from Kennebunk, Maine. He is majoring in biomedical engineering and is VP of Trinity's outdoor club as well. This is Sean's 2nd year leading in the Quest program, after participating prior to his freshman year. "Being a participant on Quest, then continuing on to become a leader, was the best decision I made coming into Trinity. As a freshman, who knew no one  and was very concerned with meeting people and making friends, Quest gave me an easy pathway to  do so and supportive community as I entered the new environment of Trinity College."

Class of 2018
Sarah is a rising junior from Bethesda, Maryland. On campus she studies biology and environmental science. She also conducts research on invasive plants and birds, tutors in the writing center, and is involved with Habitat for Humanity. She had an amazing experience leading pre-orientation trips with Quest last year, and is excited to continue to be part of the Quest community this summer. "Quest has been one of the most meaningful experiences I have had during my time at Trinity. The connections I made on the trail made the transition to college so much easier and many of the people I met on Quest have some of my closest friends here on campus.  I honestly can't imagine Trinity without Quest!"

Nia Vogel

Class of 2018
ia is a Public Policy and Law major and a Chinese Language minor.  She is a member of Trinity Women's Swimming and Diving Team, is an Admissions Tour Guide, and is a sister at Kappa Kappa Gamma.  Nia participated in the Quest Program as a first-year and has been involved ever since.  "Before Quest, I had never gone camping.  Now, I cannot imagine starting or ending the year without Quest.  The friendships and experiences I've gained as a member of this program will always be so special to me."