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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

Chase Community Giving

Camp 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

Camp Spotlight: Camp Quest Montana Family Camp

Camp Quest MontanaGet to Know Camp Quest Montana

by Chantal Yacavone, Camp Director CQ Montana

Camp Quest Montana (MT) proudly joined the Camp Quest network in the summer of 2011. We share Camp Quest’s mission of community building and providing a setting in which those of freethinking, atheist, agnostic, humanist, and non-theistic families can share and explore their developing worldviews in an environment supportive of critical thinking. Camp Quest MT is unique, however, as the only week long family summer camp in the Camp Quest network. » Read more

Bring the kids to the Reason Rally!

This March, join us in DC for a long weekend of secular fun for the whole family!Reason Rally! » Read more

  • On Saturday, March 24th join us at the Reason Rally, on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  This free celebration is going to be the largest gathering the secular community has ever seen.  Tim Minchin, Bad Religion, Adam Savage, and a host of other great speakers and bands will be there, and so will Camp Quest!  Come find us at the Camp Quest tent where we'll have craft projects, and games for all ages.  We'll also have plenty of information on how you can sign up for a Camp Quest session this summer.
  • If you can get there a day early, join us on Friday, March 23rd for the Lobby Day for Reason.

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.

        One of the really exciting parts came during the keynote speeches by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. » Read more

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

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