A Little Mischief, A Little Magic, and a Lot of Pride

September and October have been busy months here at Camp Quest!

After welcoming Sarah Bingham Miller as our new Development Director at the beginning of September, we started preparations for several exciting events!

For the past three years, Staunton, home to our CQ headquarters in Virginia, has transformed into a Harry Potter wonderland. Over the weekend of September 28th, our little village pulled out all the stops to give thousands of Harry Potter fans - locals and visitors from across the country - a chance to experience their own real-life version of Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and other scenes and activities from the universe of J. K. Rowling. Queen City Mischief and Magic featured fun for the whole family, from quidditch matches to photo ops with the Hogwarts professors.

 Young wizards and witches visiting the Camp Quest table during Queen City Mischief and Magic Festival.

Young wizards and witches visiting the Camp Quest table during Queen City Mischief and Magic Festival.

 Demonstration of “The Magical Potion pH Experiment”!

Demonstration of “The Magical Potion pH Experiment”!

We joined forces with the faculty and staff at Mary Baldwin University to share Camp Quest with the young wizards and witches who visited the MBU campus (aka Beauxbatons Academy of Magic!) We offered excited kids and curious adults a chance to learn about pH, acids, and bases by testing the pH of “potions” from Professor Snape’s potions cabinet! We used red cabbage juice as an indicator to test whether two mystery “potions” were acidic or basic. You can download the Magical Potion pH Experiment activity here!

On October 6th, we tabled at Staunton’s very first Pride festival! We were proud to be part of this special event, benefitting the new Shenandoah LGBT Center.

 Children having fun at our Camp Quest table!

Children having fun at our Camp Quest table!

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Staunton Pride 2018 - Beverley Street, Staunton, VA

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Our next adventure takes us to Minneapolis, MN for our 8th Annual Camp Quest Leadership Summit, November 2-4! There, we’ll gather with Camp Quest leaders from each of our programs to learn together, collaborate, and prepare for another exciting summer to come in 2019!

Sarah Bingham Miller joins Camp Quest Support Center

September 6, 2018

 Sarah Bingham Miller

Sarah Bingham Miller

Staunton, VA  -- This week Camp Quest, Inc. welcomes Sarah Bingham Miller as its new Development Director. As the steward of development initiatives, Sarah is responsible for cultivating productive relationships with Camp Quest supporters, volunteers, and organizational partners in addition to leading our fundraising programs. Sarah joins Executive Director Kim Newton at the Camp Quest Support Center, located in Staunton, VA.

Sarah is a forward-thinking leader who brings to Camp Quest 20 years of experience with non-profits and a diverse background in arts, culture, and financial industries. During her time as the General Manager of the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, Sarah helped oversee the Foundation’s development and fundraising efforts, and she led extensive production and outreach programs for the Foundation’s primary project, the Havana Film Festival New York. There, she developed innovative approaches to donor engagement, reaching new audiences through cultural exchanges between the US and Cuba. Prior to her foundation work, Sarah was a lead corporate trainer at JPMorgan Investment Banking in New York City. Most recently, Sarah co-founded Cinelandia USA, an online portal for promotion of Latin American film in the United States. She holds an MA in Art History from Northwestern University.

Sarah is honored to transition her development skills to Camp Quest and is eager to collaborate with the many volunteers, families, and supporters who help make our work so meaningful. She shares, “I’m excited to be part of the Camp Quest community!  Having been raised in a non-religious household, I know how important it is for young people to be in a supportive and inclusive environment. I look forward to meeting with volunteers, board members, and campers to learn more about what makes Camp Quest so special, and to help our community grow.”

Sarah joins our staff at the new home for the Camp Quest Support Center, the Staunton Innovation Hub. The IHub is a co-working hotspot of leading-edge organizations and companies working to synergize, connect, and inspire innovators in our community. We are excited for the opportunities that Camp Quest will have to grow through the connections and relationships we will build there.

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Contact: Kim Newton
Executive Director
executivedirector@campquest.org
540-324-9088 (Office)

Camp Quest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit that supports a growing network of independently operated Camp Quest® programs across North America. Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends, and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values. Camp Quest envisions a world in which children grow up exploring, thinking for themselves, connecting with their communities, and acting to make the most of life for themselves and others.