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. The features of the 219-acre camp include boating (canoeing, kayaking), a rappelling cliff, miles of hiking trails, a swimming pool, low-element challenge course, shooting & archery ranges, plus 7 cabins, complete with indoor facilities and nearby shower houses.  A spacious dining hall serves up meals for the hungriest of campers with seating available for over 200.

I'm serving as camp director, and in addition to that I am a massage therapist and a small business owner.  I am married with 3 children.   Last year I was the director of Camp Quest Texas 2011, and I am again directing Camp Quest Texas 2012 as well as the newly established Camp Quest Oklahoma.

The Camp Quest Oklahoma staff is comprised of volunteers who are involved with humanist and secular groups in Oklahoma as well as in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri.  Many of them are college students involved with the Secular Student Alliance and some are engineers, science majors, education majors, business professionals and housewives.  Most have many years of summer camp experience, and two of our newest volunteers are from North Carolina.  These two individuals have been a part of Camp Quest for the past 5 years and are anxious to begin their volunteer service as a counselor and CIT.  All of the volunteers have been hand picked and are anxious to bring diversity and education, along with fun to all campers.  To ensure the safety of all campers, all volunteers have had complete background checks done.

In addition to volunteers, we are happy to announce the registration of campers from Texas.  Along with Texas, we offer a discount to campers who attend both CQTX and CQOK.  These children enjoyed the experience at Texas so much they have decided to join in the inaugural opening of Oklahoma.  We are very excited to have them participate.
As a newly established camp in central Oklahoma, we are striving to get the word out, educate, and promote awareness about Camp Quest Oklahoma.  We want people to know that we exist and are part of a great organization that promotes freethinking, science, and critical thinking as well as encouraging campers to question things in a safe environment with likeminded individuals.  In addition, to these core values, we will also give campers a memorable and meaningful week of science, education, fun, and friends along with traditional camp activities including rappelling, kayaking, canoeing, archery, and many more.

Even though our week will be jam-packed full of activities, science and education, we strive to allow for free time for the campers to enjoy friendships with each other and explore nature among the many trails at Camp Waluhili.  The curriculum/education committee has planned a herpetology presentation with “Hercules” a 10 ft. 38 lb. green anaconda & “Scarlett” the 9 ft . 40 lb. boa constrictor.   Also, campers will be participating in DNA extraction and chromatography, the building of a Trebuchet, Tessalations, Myth-busting, the making of Polymers, a “Star Party” with a local Astronomer and one from Texas, and of course, “Socrates Café”, as well as many other team building and critical thinking activities.  Oh, and we must not forget, what’s camp without arts and crafts, talent show, campfire, and S’mores.  Mmmm, Chocolate!