Camp Quest Support Center Update

Here’s what we’ve been up lately at the CQ Support Center!

We launched our post-summer camper, parent, and volunteer feedback surveys. Thank you to everyone who shared your feedback with us! We couldn’t make camp better without your input. Here were some of the comments we got back!

I saw my son beaming when I picked him up from camp. It was the first time my kid, whose been feeling like an outsider and pretty picked on at school, had so many friends and a sense of belonging. Thank you. - CQ Parent

Maddox had an amazing week, we really could not expect more. He entered 6th grade with the most confidence in himself we’ve seen in many years. - CQ Parent

My child's smiling face said it all when we picked him up. He had so many great things to say about his experience. He made new friends and plans to stay in touch with them. We really appreciated the partial scholarship provided to us...Camp Quest is the best! - CQ Parent

It was an amazing experience for my daughter. She cried much of the way home, happy to have met new friends, but sad that those are not the friends she spends her days with the rest of the year. She found her tribe! - CQ Parent

In August, our Executive Director Kim Newton visited Camp Quest NorthWest! The camp theme was “Star Quest” and featured Star Trek inspired activities, games, and crafts.  Sarah Bingham Miller, our Development Director, visited Camp Quest Smoky Mountains, where she gave a presentation about honeybees and beekeeping!

We’ve been working to launch a new registration database to help make the registration process more convenient for parents and volunteers. Look for more updates on this coming in 2020!

Registration for our Camp Quest Leadership Summit is open, and the deadline to register is October 16th! This year’s summit is hosted by Camp Quest NorthWest and will take place in Seattle from November 8-10th. We’d love to thank our Summit Sponsors for supporting this vital opportunity for our volunteers. Please contact Sarah Bingham Miller at sarah.b.miller@campquest.org for more information about Summit Sponsorship opportunities.

Camp Quest parents Tim and Kristi Cummings have helped us to complete a feasibility study on program expansion! We’ve been working to analyze your responses to our Program Expansion and Collaboration Survey, which we shared at the beginning of the summer. We had an amazing response from over 47 people representing more than 30 secular and humanist organizations across the US. We’re excited to begin exploring new ways that we can bring CQ to more kids and communities. Thank you for your feedback!

10,000 witches and wizards descended on Staunton over the weekend of September 28th for Queen City Mischief and Magic – the biggest Harry Potter fan fest on the east coast! We offered a Care of Magical Creatures Workshop where kids could create new creatures from gently used stuffed animals. Kids created hundreds of new critters in just one afternoon, and dozens of new families got to learn about Camp Quest!

Kim, our Executive Director, recently attended our regional American Camp Association Camp Directors’ meeting and the Virginia Partnership for Out of School Time Conference. Kim hosted special presentations for Augusta Young Professionals, and for the American Humanist Association. She also developed a new e-book resource for secular groups looking to start youth programs! You can catch Kim at a special presentation for secular community groups in the Richmond, Virginia area on Sunday, October 15th! Visit the Facebook event for more details.

Our National Board and National Council both had meetings in September, where our camp leaders met to continue to develop our network, fostering collaboration and innovation! Nominations for our 2020 Board year will be opening soon. If you’re interested in serving on our Board of Directors, please contact Neil Polzin at neil.polzin@campquest.org.