CQ Director's blog

Come Work for Camp Quest!

Camp Quest TeamCamp Quest, Inc. seeks a full-time Program Manager. Our organization supports a growing network of weeklong summer camp programs aimed at children and teens from nonreligious families.  Our camps provide a mix of traditional summer camp fun plus science, philosophy, and critical thinking activities in an environment designed to foster a sense of community among the youth participants.

The Program Manager will work with volunteer camp leaders to develop and share camp planning resources throughout our network of camps, and work with groups interested in launching new camps. » Read more

We Met Our $50,000 Match - Thank You!

Stiefel Freethought Foundation LogoWe're very excited to report that Camp Quest has raised $50,000, meeting our 2012 matching challenge from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.  We want to thank everyone who doanted to Camp Quest this year to help us meet our match! We also want to thank Todd Stiefel and the Stiefel Freethought Foundation for their generous support this year.

We were also very honored to have Todd as a counselor at Camp Quest South Carolina for their first week-long camp session this summer.  When we let Todd know that we'd met the matching challenge, he said, "It has been a joy getting to work with Camp Quest and an honor serving as a cabin counselor.  My foundation is thrilled to give CQ this grant for reaching the matching challenge."

Camp Quest is excited because a match of this size will give us an opportunity to really grow as an organization. » Read more

Thanks to you Camp Quest won $20,000 Grant!

All of you who supported Camp Quest in Chase Community Giving last month helped us get enough votes to win a $20,000 grant!  To all of you who helped, thank you... with style!

 

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Revenge of the Horde? Blogger Contest 2012!

Bloggers vs. PZ

Update: By popular demand from the bloggers, the contest is being extended to September 3rd! Contest will end during the Atheist Alliance America Denver Convention! » Read more

Fight Cancer with Us by Walking in Light the Night!

Light the NightCamp Quest joined in concert with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB).  Freethinkers from around the world are uniting to raise $1,000,000 for LLS in 2012, and we need your help!

We at Camp Quest are encouraging people to consider joining this worthwhile cause by joining a local FBB LTN team. You can donate to Camp Quest Minnesota's Twin Cities team (walked 9/23), join or donate to Camp Quest Texas's Plano team (walking 10/20), join or donate to Camp Quest Ohio's Columbus team (walking 10/27), join or donate to Camp Quest South Carolina's Charleston team (walking 11/1), or join or donate to another Foundation Beyond Belief team in your local area.  » Read more

Camp Spotlight: Camp Quest Oklahoma - New this year!

Camp Quest OklahomaGet to Know Camp Quest Oklahoma

by Mary Eversole, Camp Director CQ Oklahoma

Camp Quest Oklahoma is proud to be among the newest of Camp Quest locations. We will be holding a week long residential camp from June 24th-30th  in Chouteau, Oklahoma.

We are very excited to bring Camp Quest Oklahoma to the central part of the United States. Registration is still available with limited space.  We hope you can be a part of Camp Quest Oklahoma 2012.  Help us spread the word about a great summer camp dedicated to fun, friends, and freethought!

Our host camp, Camp Waluhili, is an ACA accredited Campfire USA camp with certified and licensed instructors and educators. Nestled on the shores of scenic Fort Gibson Lake, just 45 minutes from Tulsa, Camp Waluhili has been providing the ultimate camping experience for over 60 years.  » Read more

Camp Spotlight: Camp Quest New England Weekend

Camp Quest New England LogoGet to know Camp Quest New England

by Azure Hansen, Assistant Camp Director CQ New England

Camp Quest New England is happy to be among the newest of Camp Quest locations. We will be holding a weekend camp this July in Connecticut on the lovely Long Island Sound. We’ll be staying on the campus of Connecticut College, which allows us access to some great facilities, including a 750 acre arboretum, pool, sporting equipment, and (hopefully!) advanced science equipment.

Our camp director is a middle school teacher and published children’s book author, poet and cartoonist. He visited Camp Quest Chesapeake for a few days last year and the campers (and staff) there simply adored him. Most of our staff is involved with humanist groups in Connecticut, which is how this alliance to start a Camp Quest in New England was formed. Many of our staff have many years of summer camp experience, and our two staff members from New York state were part of Camp Quest Chesapeake’s inaugural session. » Read more

Camp Spotlight: Camp Quest Montana Family Camp

Camp Quest MontanaGet to Know Camp Quest Montana

by Chantal Yacavone, Camp Director CQ Montana

Camp Quest Montana (MT) proudly joined the Camp Quest network in the summer of 2011. We share Camp Quest’s mission of community building and providing a setting in which those of freethinking, atheist, agnostic, humanist, and non-theistic families can share and explore their developing worldviews in an environment supportive of critical thinking. Camp Quest MT is unique, however, as the only week long family summer camp in the Camp Quest network. » Read more

$50,000 match means your support goes twice as far!

Fun at Camp QuestAll donations to Camp Quest up to $50,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation from February 7th until the end of 2012! 

Why donate?  Camp Quest provides an amazing week of fun, friends, and freethought for hundreds of children.  We are growing by leaps and bounds with new camps launching in Arizona, New England, Oklahoma, and Washington State, but we are still barely keeping up with demand.  Each year we have kids on waiting lists to get into camp. We need your support in order to bring Camp Quest to more campers through launching new locations and helping our current camps grow.  This year that support counts double thanks to the generosity of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation!  You can donate to Camp Quest online!  

Here's what some of our campers had to say when we asked them, "What have you learned at Camp Quest?"

"Camp Quest helps me remember that there are other people my age who think like I do."

"To be kind to others of different beliefs."

"...to be a leader, about photography, different plants, about the oil spill, and many other things."

"That it's okay to be myself."

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Bring the kids to the Reason Rally!

This March, join us in DC for a long weekend of secular fun for the whole family!Reason Rally! » Read more

  • On Saturday, March 24th join us at the Reason Rally, on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  This free celebration is going to be the largest gathering the secular community has ever seen.  Tim Minchin, Bad Religion, Adam Savage, and a host of other great speakers and bands will be there, and so will Camp Quest!  Come find us at the Camp Quest tent where we'll have craft projects, and games for all ages.  We'll also have plenty of information on how you can sign up for a Camp Quest session this summer.
  • If you can get there a day early, join us on Friday, March 23rd for the Lobby Day for Reason.
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