Due North Quest was created out of a critical need for summer programs to support young men returning from boarding schools or struggling to find clear next steps toward their future goals. It offers a great transition and provides a rite of passage into manhood. When Dr. Kaminski, Integrative Psychiatrist, and Natasha Silver Bell, Life & Recovery Coach, began to discuss the need for strong male role models in their client’s lives, they decided to widen their scope and that’s when former Navy Seal Thad Turner was brought into the development and hence how Due North Quest was born.
The Quest redefines physical and mental limits. The program provides an intensive, personalized and one-to-team experience geared to develop extreme stamina, determination, and inner strength that goes well beyond what’s available through group training. We believe that somewhere within every man are incredible possibilities waiting to be unleashed. The Quest is uniquely designed to do just that.
We have gathered a team of experts and strong male role models and community leaders who will support you every step of the way.
Since the inception of Due North Quest, and in response to community need, we have expanded our mission to include participants who might otherwise not have access to this life-changing opportunity. Through the DNQ non-profit we are now offering scholarships. To apply, click here.
“My time with Thad and Clint was something I could never forget. I learned more about myself than I could have in any traditional setting. I made brothers while I was there.”
Natasha Silver Bell, co-founder
Natasha Silver Bell is a certified CARC, OASAS, CCAR, Recovery Coach and Recovery Coach Trainer who is the owner and founder of SilverBell Coaching LLC. Natasha has received training as a Life Coach through the Ben Dean, Ph.D Mentor Coach Program and is also a member of the International Coaching Federation.
While Natasha has become an in-demand writer, speaker and panelist, her true passion is working directly with her clients in her New York City based private practice. Working one on one with clients, Natasha helps clients find and embrace their authentic self through intense tenderness and laser sharp introspection. When appropriate, Natasha uses her own life experiences to help her clients move through their fears and achieve their desired goals. Her work with clients ranges from basic life coaching to in-depth conflict resolution within families.
Natasha has been profiled by several major magazines and was also featured in The New York Times and Manhattan Magazine. Natasha is active with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and is an advocate for addiction recovery groups that are focused on drug and alcohol education and prevention for parents. Natasha is the mother of three beautiful children. When she’s not working or spending time with her children, Natasha can be found living her own healthy lifestyle exercising at Soul Cycle, attending spiritual services, and practicing yoga. She is the Co-Founder and Coordinator at the Due North Quest. She is available to support the family while the participant is on the quest and oversees all after-care and follow up upon completion. She finds that work with the family leads to greater success for the participant returning from the quest with his newfound sense of himself and what is possible for his life after the experience.
To learn more about Natasha, visit her website www.silverbellcoaching.com.
thad turner, co-founder
Thad Turner is a graduate of West Virginia University where he was a four year lettermen and Co-Captain of the WVU DIV I wrestling team. In 1999, he served as Head Wrestling Coach for the first place Pennsylvania State Wrestling team. After serving as a US Navy SEAL, Thad managed a wilderness school for at-risk youth. In 2001, Thad received the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Community Crime Prevention. Utilizing skills acquired from his service as a Navy SEAL, Thad has traveled around the world to recover abducted children through the Association for the Recovery of Children. He is the current CEO of the Warren County YMCA but of all his accomplishments, he is most proud to be father to his daughter Emilie and son Harmon. Thad is the Co-Founder and Director of Due North Quest. He oversees every phase of the Due North Quest experience and is honored to get to impart the knowledge, wisdom, and experience he has acquired over his many years of service and training for the good of guiding young men on their journey.
Bazzel Baz is a former Intelligence Paramilitary Case Officer, supporting the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. Government agencies through field intelligence collection operations throughout the Far East, Middle East, Northern Europe, Central/South America, Mediterranean and Africa. Baz is a provider of emergency support services for faith based missionary communities and missionaries world wide. He is known as “the Patron Saint for Missing Kids.” As founder and President of The Association for the Recovery of Children, Baz has successfully recovered dozens of U.S. children from locations around the world. He is a Citadel graduate and the recipient of an Intelligence Commendation Medal. He has served as an advisor and spokesperson on the war on Terrorism/Homeland Security for various media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC. Baz is the Out of CONUS Program Director at the Due North Quest. He organizes the location and initial activities and oversees the entire out of country experience. He serves as an overall mentor and guide.
Clint Stout, 31, grew up in Brookville, Pennsylvania where he learned to love and respect nature. He pursued wrestling from Elementary school through graduation from the University of Maryland where he was a letter winner three years in a row. It was during his college experience that he was introduced to intense physical fitness at over 7,000 feet above elevation. He graduated with a degree in Natural Resource Management and began working in the oil and gas industry right at the peak of the Marcellus shale boom as a Landman. He worked his way up to Operations supervisor, drilling and completing over 40 wells in the process. Later, he worked as an assistant wrestling coach for Ridgway area high school for 4 years, where he helps kids follow their dream of becoming a college wrestler, a passion he continues to pursue by training young men ages 16 to 22 during the summer months. In 2013, he was offered a position with Whitetail Properties Real Estate LLC in Eastern Ohio and he seized the opportunity to work in an outdoor industry. Shortly thereafter, he was approached by Sitka Gear, a subsidiary of W. L. Gore associates to become an ambassador for the whitetail line of gear. Currently, he lives in the Brookville area where he built a small cabin where he resides and continues to work and manage his family’s properties. Over time and through his travel between over 40 states, he has acquired a great deal of experience in the outdoors, lessons he is excited to share with young men seeking to grow and enjoy a positive life experience. He is the Domestic Program Director and oversees and facilitates the entire in country experience at the Due North Quest.
Corey Bush, 21, was born in Pennsylvania, where he has lived, in Ridgway, for most of his life. He attended Ridgway High School, a very small school with a graduating class of just under a hundred students. Throughout high school he was very active while maintaining good grades, making the honor roll all four years. He spent most of his time training and competing in wrestling which was more than a sport but a lifestyle, which has shaped him into the person he is today. Through wrestling, he developed a strong character based in the principles of dedication, motivation, and a hard-work ethic. He enjoyed success in wrestling, placing three times at the PIAA State Championships and coming in 3rd for all time wins at Ridgway High School. Success in school and wrestling enabled him to get into the University of Pittsburgh where he is studying Justice Administration and Criminology. Looking ahead, with two years left of college, he’s excited to see what the future holds for him academically and athletically and how he can fulfill his goal of helping others with his degree and passion for service. He is the youngest team member at Due North Quest and Assistant Domestic Program Director. He provides wilderness expertise and a relatable and energetic role model for participants, He acts as primary support to Domestic and Overall program directors.
Juan has been involved with changing people’s lives most of his life. Instrumental in starting an innovative exercise center in the San Diego area, Juan has a “lead by example approach” that makes him a great additional to the Due North Quest team.
Rudy’s work is impacting the lives of hundreds of at risk youth in the L.A. area. He has developed a network of leaders, mentors and former at risk youth to form an extremely effective team and has established missionary posts in South and Central America. His years of experience help him reach people in a unique and powerful way.
Kirk R. Freeman
With an American GI as a father, and a native Italian mother, Kirk spent his childhood exploring the back hills and mountains of a small coastal town in southern Italy. As a long-time student of Tom Brown’s teachings, Kirk has conducted multiple cold weather walk-ins. After multiple combat deployments, Kirk transitioned to civilian life to continue his travelers’ quest by participating in a study abroad program in Turkey and went on to study in the Middle East, The Balkans and Africa. Kirk has spent several months living of the land in total isolation. “
MEET SOME OF THE QUEST’S MENTORS
Participants can expect to receive mentorship from the highest caliber of strong, dedicated and service minded men.
Ray Doolittle is a father, guidance counselor, teacher and coach. He has decades of experience guiding the paths of young men’s lives.
Les Turner is a Hall of Fame Wrestling Coach, teacher and father with nearly four decades of shaping the lives of young men. Many of his students and athletes have gone on to be successful coaches and leaders with some also being inducted in the the Wrestling Hall of Fame for their contribution to the youth of America.
Michael C. Henkel has dedicated his life to changing the direction of young men’s lives for the better for almost 40 years. Mike is also the founder of Outside In School.
Bob Imhof is a leader in his community, dedicated to service and very active in non-profit environments as well as landscape conservation especially in the Pennsylvania wild.