Up to $10,000 Matching for Last Two Hours of Blogger Contest!

The blogger fundraising contest rolls into the record books at 2pm eastern time today. For these last few hours The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has pledged a matching offer of up to $5,000 per team!

The Stiefel Foundation will match dollar for dollar everything Beat PZ raises above the current value of $11,681.33, up to $16,681.33.

The Stiefel Foundation didn't want to take sides though, so they will also match dollar for dollar everything Team PZ raises above the current value of $11,376.01, up to $16,376.01.

This is your last chance to decide the fate of PZ's beard, and JT's hair, and now you can double your donation at the same time!  Thanks to the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, all of the bloggers, and all of the contributors! » Read more

Teams basically tied with 9 hours to go!

Our intrepid blogger competitors have raised more than $20,000 for Camp Quest over the last month. And now, their contest looks to be a photo finish! As of 2:49pm eastern Team Underdog is ahead of Team PZ by $63.

This may be due to some tactical changes on the part of Team PZ. PZ now claims that he wins either way. We're not so sure about that, but Camp Quest definitely wins either way.

Thank you thank you thank you to all of the donors who have given to support Team Underdog or Team PZ, and thank you thank you thank you to all of the bloggers and others who have promoted this contest! » Read more

Halfway through our blogger contest the teams raise the stakes!

We are about halfway through the PZ Myers vs. Team Underdog blogger fundraising contest for Camp Quest, and the battle rages on!  PZ is still ahead, but Team Underdog is strategizing for their late-game comeback.  A few quick highlights:

1. Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, started a rumor that PZ would shave his beard if Team Underdog won.  PZ turned the tables by offering to shave his beard if he won, effectively sowing confusion among those who wanted to shave vs. save PZ's beard. 

2. Team Underdog, adopting the moniker of Team Awesome, went on a recruiting spree and gained several more members.  The current membership of Team Awesome is: » Read more

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

Awesome Atheist Bloggers Compete to Support Camp Quest!

Let's Get Excited Camp QuestFive awesome atheist bloggers are competing to see who can raise the most money to support Camp Quest!

Since one of those bloggers is the indomitable PZ Myers of Pharyngula, we have made two teams in order to make this competition more fair.

Team 1: Greta Christina of Greta Christina's Blog, Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist, Jen McCreight of Blag Hag, and JT Eberhard of Zerowing21 and Atheism Resource.

Team 2: PZ Myers of Pharyngula.

The first team to raise $5,000 for Camp Quest, or the team that has raised the most by June 1, 2011 will win!

What will the winning team receive?  Bragging rights.  Pure and simple.

You can help your favorite team win by donating through their ChipIn for the contest.  Early reports think PZ has this sewn up, so if you like underdogs ChipIn to Beat PZ.  Or you can make help make the pharyngulation complete by Chipping In for Team PZ.

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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.

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