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There is still time to register!

Register Now! Spaces at Camp Quest are filling up fast!

Summer is coming up fast, but there is still time to register a camper for most Camp Quest sessions!  Don't wait; Camp Quest Minnesota is already full and our other sessions are filling up fast.  Register at any of our other 9 locations throughout North America.  Or, check out our partners overseas.

Camp Quest locations in California, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia still have spaces for campers ages 8-17, and you can start the registration process online.

Camp Quest has two new family camp programs this year.  Camp Quest Montana, a week-long family program near Glacier National Park, is open to parents with kids of all ages, and also to teenagers attending independently as Counselors-In-Training.  Camp Quest South Carolina is offering a weekend programs this October for families with children of all ages.  Both family camps have online registration forms available!

No Kids?  No problem!  Volunteer Opportunities are also available!

Camp Quest camps have volunteer positions for counselors who spend the week leading activities, mentoring campers, and shaping our amazing camp communities.  

There are volunteer positions available in Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Other locations may be taking on additional volunteers depending on registration numbers. » Read more

Curious, but Not Ready to Commit?

Revenge of the Underdogs - Blogger Contest Continues!

Blogger Competition Round II is underway!

So, the first round went to PZ... it only took him and his hordes of generous followers 13 hours and 14 minutes to reach the $5,000 goal.

Team Underdog, started to catch up though after a slower start, and they have demanded a rematch. Greta, Hemant, Jen, and JT, have returned with reinforcements. Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism will be joining their forces.

Team Underdog is also adding additional reinforcements to join their side! Simply get the ChipIn Widget from the sidebar of this page, and post it to your own blog to join the underdogs. Of course, if you want to join PZ's team, you can do that too! Feel free to copy the contest information and info about Camp Quest from those ChipIn pages. Let us know if you join in!

Round Two Rules: Whichever team raises the most money by the original June 1 deadline will win round two, and will be the ultimate rock stars of the atheist blogosphere. » Read more

Nick News episode features Camp Quest camper

Nick News Freedom to Believe... Or Not

Camp Quest camper Rayanne Silverman is featured in "Freedom to Believe... Or Not," this Sunday's episode of Nick News.  Nick News is a Peabody Award-winning show featuring news about and for children and teenagers.  » Read more

Why you should support Camp Quest

Thumbs up for Camp QuestCamp Quest is growing by leaps and bounds, but we need your support to keep up!

Why donate?  Camp Quest provides an amazing week of fun, friends, and freethought for hundreds of children.  Your support makes that possible, and through our fancy new website, now 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 2010?"

"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 for Camp Quest Minnesota at American Atheists Convention!

CQ Minnesota LogoJoin Camp Quest Minnesota for a fun-filled mini-camp occurring one day only during the 2011 American Atheist National Convention in Des Moines. There will be Camp Quest style activities and events as well as field trips to the Science Center and All-Play.

UPDATE: Online Registration now available here.

When: Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (field trip leaves at 9:30 am sharp). » Read more

What's a Summer Camp Doing in a Secular Lobbying Coalition?

Secular Coalition for America LogoCamp Quest is a member of the Secular Coalition for America, a national lobbying organization for atheist, agnostic, humanist and other secular Americans.  The Secular Coalition recently launched a blog featuring voices from their member organizations, including Camp Quest executive director, Amanda Metskas.  Amanda's first blog post explains the basics about Camp Quest, and why Camp Quest is a member of the Secular Coalition for America.  Here's a quick teaser:

At Camp Quest we serve freethinking families, a group that is often invisible to policymakers.  Even within atheist, agnostic, and humanist organizations, families with children are often under-represented. Being a part of the Secular Coalition for America helps Camp Quest raise the profile of secular families in two important ways:

Now, go read the rest.

To learn more  » Read more

Using the "E-word" in Elementary School

Delaney's MonkeyIs evolution appropriate for elementary schoolers?  We certainly think so, and so does Charlie's Playhouse, maker of fabulous evolution toys for kids.  A few months back Charlie's Playhouse held an Evolution and Art Contest for kids ages 4-12.  They asked kids to imagine an environment, and then take a currently existing animal and draw a picture of how its descendents might look after millions of years of adapting to living in that environment.  Even though the contest is over, you can still download the activity and do it with your kids, or get together with some other families and hold your own contest!

One of the contest winners, Delaney, age 9, drew the monkey pictured here.  He lives on an island with purple bushes, hard nuts, and quiet predators.  Delaney was all set to be interviewed by her elementary school principal about the contest, when things started to take a wrong turn...  » Read more

Darwin is our Valentine

Darwin ValentineIt's easy to give Valentine's Day short shrift with it coming right on the heels of Darwin Day.  In fact, we probably would have let it pass without comment, if not for this fantastic Valentine that we received at the Camp Quest office.

If you and your family have special Darwin Day or Valentine's Day traditions, or fun ways of combining the two, please share them on our facebook page.

Hope you had a great Darwin Day, and a happy Valentine's Day too!

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Happy Darwin Day!

Happy Birthday Charles DarwinHappy Birthday, Chuck!  Have some cake to celebrate the 202nd birthday of Charles Darwin today!  Once you've wiped the frosting off your face, check out some other fun Darwin Day activiites for you and your family:

1. Check out the events page on the Darwin Day website to find out what is going on near you.  For example, if you live in Michigan, you can attend Michigan State University Museum's Darwin Discovery Day on February 13.

2. Send your loved ones Darwin Day ecards like the one pictured here.  You know you want to spread the Darwin Day cheer!

3. Get one of the amazing evolution toys offered by Charlie's Playhouse.  They consult with evolutionary biologists to make sure their toys » Read more

Hey adults, don't let the kids have all the fun

Did you know that our camp counselors are dedicated volunteers?  Adults ages 18-80 come to Camp Quest for a week each summer and serve as cabin counselors, activity leaders, photographers, camp nurses, lifeguards, and support staff.  Don't let the kids have all the fun without you!  Here are the top five reasons (with photos) why you should apply to volunteer.

Mentoring at Camp Quest

 

 

5. Mentor awesome kids » Read more

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