With nearly 50 years of service, VQ strives to improve every community it interacts with.
VQ, originally founded as VisionQuest National, Ltd., was established in 1973 in Tucson, Arizona by founder Robert Ledger Burton. After working in the harsh and ineffective juvenile corrections system in the 1960’s, Bob moved west to become a VISTA volunteer with Native American populations in the Northern Plains. There, he met Dan Old Elk, a leader in the Crow Nation who introduced Bob to the rite of passage ceremony, a ‘vision quest’, which is meant to help a young person transition from the confusion of adolescence to adulthood. Inspired by this time, Bob envisioned a healthier and more humane way to deal with America’s delinquent youth. Instead of shutting young, out of control teenage boys away in locked, state-run institutions as a form of punishment, Bob sought to create an alternative method, one featuring extraordinary outdoor experiences supervised by positive role models that would allow these young men - and later, young women - to move through the adversities of adolescence to productive adulthood.