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Still finishing that Holiday Shopping?

Looking for gifts for skeptically-inclined kids and adults this holiday season?  Here are a few of our favorite things:

Books

  • Charlie's Playhouse has an excellent guide to help you find great evolution-related books for kids of all ages!
  • The Magic of Reality written by Richard Dawkins and illustrated by Dave McKean is a can't miss book for bringing science to readers of all ages.  Younger kids will enjoy the illustrations, and experiencing the book with their parents. Older children, teens, and adults alike will find much to learn, and will enjoy the illustrations too!  There is also an iPad app for the book.
  • Christopher Phillips over at the Society for Philosophical Inquiry has great books for kids and adults interested in philosophy.  Socrates Café is our favorite for adults, and The Philosophers' Club is our favorite for kids.
  • We loved Logicomix, a graphic novel about Bertrand Russell and the quest for the foundations of mathmatics.  This one is best for adults or high school students and older.

Stuff Other Than Books

Stuff Other Than Stuff

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Christopher Hitchens' Reading List for Camp Questers

Back in October, Christopher Hitchens met Mason, a camper at the Camp Quest Texas mini-camp at the Texas Freethought Convention, and he recommended some books for her to read.  Here are Hitch's recommendations:

  • Richard Dawkins, The Magic of Reality
  • Roman myths, particularly those compiled by Robert Graves
  • (anything satirical)
  • William Shakespeare (everything)
  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel, and Nomad
  • PG Wodehouse (for fun)
  • David Hume
  • Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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Dawkins Tour Wraps Up With Camp Quest Stop

Camp Quest Michigan and Richard Dawkins

Well, the US leg of the Magic of Reality tour has come to a close, but not before an awesome Camp Quest stop in Michigan! Camp Quest Michigan worked with the Birmingham Temple for Humanistic Judaism in Farmington Hills, Michigan to create an awesome event with Dr. Dawkins, science experiments, and ice cream!

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Camp Quest Texas and the Magic of Reality

Dawkins with Camp Quest TX 2011 TFC

        Wow, what an exciting weekend! This weekend was the Texas Freethought and Atheist Alliance of America Convention in Houston, and Camp Quest Texas hosted a day camp during the conference. Campers got to do exciting things like extract DNA from fruit, discuss philosophy at Socrates’ Café, and go on a scavenger hunt around the convention hotel. It was a great day for having fun and learning, and great for parents who wanted to attend the rest of the conference.

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Science, books, and ice cream-- oh my!

CQ Texas MicroscopeHey Camp Quest families! We are proud to announce that we are co-sponsoring a Richard Dawkins family event at The Birmingham Temple in Farmington Hills, Michigan on Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 am.  Dr. Dawkins will be reading from his new book, The Magic of Reality, answering questions, and signing books.  The reading will be followed by science experiments and ice cream!

The Magic of Reality is beautifully illustrated by Dave McKean and is for an audience of all ages.  It is "Packed with clever thought experiments, dazzling illustrations and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of? How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning, graphic detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist." » Read more

Thank You Freethought Bloggers w/Bonus Crochet FSM!

Crocheted Flying Spaghetti MonstersBack in May eleven intrepid bloggers joined forces to compete against PZ Myers and his horde of followers through a contest to raise money for Camp Quest.  The intrepid forces of Team Awesome defeated the Squidlord, but the real winner of the contest was Camp Quest! Between the work of the bloggers, donors, and the last minute matching offer from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation over $33,000 was raised for Camp Quest during the month-long contest!

We wanted to do something special to thank the bloggers, but what do you give to the paragons of the freethought blogosphere?  With the help of Sue Henry and Kelley Freeman, we found the perfect gift - hand crocheted Flying Spaghetti Monsters. » Read more

Texas Freethought Convention Day Camp!

Texas Freethought ConventionHey Camp Quest parents! Have you wanted to attend conferences, but find it too difficult to manage when you have kids? Fear not! This year, Camp Quest and the Richard Dawkins Foundation are hosting a kids’ day camp and babysitting service at the Texas Freethought Conference! Read on for details of the camp! » Read more

Fall Fun with Richard Dawkins!

Sarah and her niece MaddieHi! I'm Sarah Moglia, the new Event Specialist for Secular Student Alliance and Camp Quest! I'll be working with Camp Quest and Richard Dawkins on his upcoming tour for "The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True." We'll be planning some fantastic family events for the upcoming months. Stay tuned to find out if Richard Dawkins is coming to your area!

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Freethinking Internships for the Fall!

Secular Coalition for America LogoTwo national partners of Camp Quest, the Secular Coalition for America and Foundation Beyond Belief are offering fall internships.  Camp Quest is proud to be one of the 10 member organziations of the Secular Coalition for America, and we're honored to have been selected as a beneficiary of Foundation Beyond Belief for the second year in a row.  If you're interested in getting more involved in the freethought community, these internships may be just the opporuntities you're looking for.

Foundation Beyond Belief LogoThe Foundation Beyond Belief Internship is a 28 week virtual internship requiring about 8 hours per week.

The Secular Coalition for America Internship is a 12 week part-time position in Washington, DC.

Deadlines are fast approching -- Foundation Beyond Belief's deadline is July 18th, and the Secular Coalition's deadline is July 22nd, so get more information and get your application in post haste! » Read more

Love Freethought? Looking for Job?

Secular Student Alliance LogoWe may have just the position for you! The Secular Student Alliance is hiring an event specialist.  The event specialist will work on projects for both Camp Quest and Secular Student Alliance. 

This full-time position will spend the summer split between projects for Camp Quest and the Secular Student Alliance, focusing largely on preparing for the Richard Dawkins October 2011 Speaking Tour and subsequent tour-related events.  This tour will involve university events hosted by SSA affiliates, independent university events, and family events organized by Camp Quest.  Following the October tour and subsequent tour-related events, the position will transition to focus on coordinating events for Secular Student Alliance affiliate groups, including headliner speaking tours, individual events and local events.

Learn more about the position, and submit your application materials to the Secular Student Alliance by July 10, 2011.

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