Camp Quest Joins Secular Leaders Supporting Civility in Our Growing Online Communities

Civility NowCamp Quest is proud to sign on to the following letter promoting civility in our growing and increasingly diverse secular community.

An Open Letter to the Secular Community

It is an amazing time to be part of the secular movment.  Look at what's happened in 2012 alone.  We held the Reason Rally, the largest event our community has ever had, which brought over 20,000 atheists, humanists, and other secular people together on the National Mall. We are growing, attracting new people, and drawing more attention than ever before.  A big part of that growth is thanks to our large and dynamic online community.  Online secular communities have helped people encounter new ideas, deepen and broaden their thinking, and even change their minds.

A Problem with Online Communication

At the same time, the fact that so much of our community is online brings with it certain challenges. » Read more

Camp Quest Oklahoma Partners with National Inclusion Project

National Inclusion ProjectCamp is about building memories - having fun and making friends while also enjoying the outdoors. Young people with disabilities or behavioral health challenges are sometimes left out of social gatherings at school or in their neighborhood. At camp, where the emphasis is fun and friendship, differences in ability are less important than they are at school.

Camp Quest Oklahoma is once again being held at Camp Fire Green Country's Camp Waluhili - a proud partner of the National Inclusion Project's Let's ALL Play initiative. As a partner agency, Camp Fire is becoming more intentional about providing camp opportunities for children with Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral health challenges, or other developmental or functional struggles. » Read more

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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Chase Community Giving

Happy Camp Quest CamperCamp Quest has been nominated for the Chase Community Giving Program! This means we have the opportunity to get up to $250,000 in grants! Here is how it works:

Starting September 6th, everyone gets two votes that they can use on Facebook: simply click here to go to our page and vote! No sign-up is necessary. Only one of your votes can be used for Camp Quest » Read more

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

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