& Camp Highlights
Summer at Camp Quest is in full swing! Campers across the US are delving into science experiments, asking big questions, and putting humanist values into action. We're bursting at the seams with fun, friends, and freethought!
Take a look at some of the things we've been up to! Follow #CampQuestStories for more Summer 2018 highlights and write to us to share your own CQ experience.
Campers at Camp Quest NorthWest experienced a Flying Spaghetti Western theme, where campers were transported back in time to the days of the American Wild West! Camp imagery and attire included classic western tropes and the camp program incorporated the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Instructional programs included Pioneer Journals, Orienteering, Nature Walks, “Monty Hall’s Probability Circus!”, Sexual Health Programming from Planned Parenthood, Beadie Buddies, Writing and Recording for the Radio, Morse Code, and “There’s Gold in Them-Thar Jars!”, an illustration of the idea of counting quantity by weight). Campers also took to “The Camp Quest Trail", an adaptation of The Oregon Trail classic video game - don't worry! No campers were (permanently) lost due to snake bites, fording rivers, or dysentery!
Camper skepticism was tested with regular visits from the Squid Ink Salesman character named Seph O’Lepaughd. With the help of skeptical detective Miliford Quintus Watt, campers rigorously tested “samples” of the squid ink products throughout the week. Seph made regular appearances outside of the dining hall, making increasingly outrageous claims about his products, while Mr. Watt worked with the campers to develop and execute different testing methods. Campers recorded a series of advertisements for Squid Ink products, along with a series of Public Service Announcements warning of their dangers. At the end of the week, each cabin was given the chance to present their findings in the form of a skit where they either extolled the virtues of squid ink, or expressed their doubts about its legitimacy. Finally, the campers had a vote on whether they believed Seph O’Lepaughd’s claims, and ultimately they were revealed to be a fraud! As a reward for their diligence and skepticism, each camper was awarded a certificate that granted membership in the Inkerton Detective Agency of Camp Quest NorthWest, and recognized them for a specific achievement or positive quality that they had exhibited throughout the week.
Camp Quest Ohio helped kick off the summer with their first session, which had 64 campers! Campers enjoyed a week jam-packed with adventure and fun, from swimming and canoeing, to exploring Humanism and having in-depth discussions during Socrates Cafe. Evenings were filled with wonderfully good times, including Movie Night, Karaoke, and the annual Carnival!