Support Center News

Webinar: Grief Beyond Belief

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Anyone interested in learning more about Grief Beyond Belief is welcome to join this free webinar with special guest and Grief Beyond Belief founder Rebecca Hensler. We will discuss the need for grief support in secular communities, and in particular the needs of children and parents. All are welcome to participate, and we especially encourage parents and camp volunteers to join the discussion.

Help Camp Quest Win a Grant!

Camp Quest has been accepted as a participant in A Community Thrives competition! We need to raise $3000 to be considered for a grant of up to $25,000. Help us out by donating or spreading the word now!

A Community Thrives is part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. The campaign is a way for organizations to share their community building ideas on the national stage, gain support through donations and local connections, and get a chance at receiving a portion of $2,000,000 in grants to give their projects the best possible chance to succeed.

Thank you for showing your support for Camp Quest and helping our community thrive!

Camp Quest Campership For Military Families Sponsored by MAAF

Camp Quest is proud to announce a partnership with the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers (MAAF) to offer a full campership to a child of a military member or veteran. Camp Quest is a national network of secular summer camps with locations in 13 states. Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends, and freethought featuring science, natural wonder, and humanist values.

The Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers (MAAF) supports atheists in foxholes, their families, and veterans. This community is worldwide, wherever the military may be. MAAF strengthens the larger secular community by providing a military backbone and voice both internally and externally. Programs include care packages to deployed service members and programs during basic military training to give young men and women alternatives to Sunday church services. This includes the largest regular humanist gathering of well over 1000 per week at Air Force Basic Training.

Now MAAF is offering a campership to a child of military member or veteran to attend Camp Quest. This new program helps to support veterans and strengthen the secular community through the invaluable family services Camp Quest provides.

MAAF has pledged one full campership for a child of a military member or veteran to attend any one of participating Camp Quest affiliate locations in 2019. Please note that not all Camp Quest affiliates are participating in the MAAF campership in 2019 due to the timing of our registration season. Check campquest.org/camps for a complete list of session dates and locations. Participating camps and sessions include:

Camp Quest Kansas City
July 21-27

Camp Quest Michigan
Session 1: June 23-29
Session 2: July 21-27

Camp Quest NorthWest
Session 1: June 30-July 6
Session 2: August 11-17

Camp Quest Ohio
Session 1: June 16-22
Session 2: July 14-20

Camp Quest Oklahoma
July 27-August 3

Camp Quest Smoky Mountains
July 28-August 3

Camp Quest Texas
June 16-22

Camp Quest West
Northern California - Session 1: June 30 - July 6
Northern California - Session 2: July 7-13
Northern California - Double Session: June 30 - July 13
Southern California - July 21-27

An authorized parent or guardian may apply by completing the Camp Quest MAAF Campership Application, available at campquest.org. The application deadline is Monday, April 15, 2019 at 11:59PM EDT. Please view the application for more information and eligibility requirements.

Questions? Please contact Kim Newton, Executive Director, by email at kim.newton@campquest.org or call the Camp Quest National Support Center at 540-324-9088. For more information about MAAF, please visit militaryatheists.org.

Camp Quest Offers Bill Nye: Science Guy Screening for Earth Day Community Event

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Camp Quest will offer a free screening of Bill Nye: Science Guy as part of the Earth Day and Earth Week events happening in Staunton, Virginia - home to our CQ National Support Center.

Bill Nye: Science Guy
Free Film Screening
Wednesday April 24, 6:30pm at the Staunton Library, Staunton, VA

Families and community members are invited to this free screening of Bill Nye: Science Guy, a documentary about Bill Nye and his mission to champion education about climate change and space exploration.

Local experts will be on hand for a post-screening discussion about climate change and science education. Screening time 1hr 40mins. Limited seating.

Hosted by Camp Quest, Inc. Camp Quest is a national network of secular summer camps featuring science, natural wonder, and humanist values. Learn more at campquest.org.

Please RSVP for the screening by email to camp@campquest.org or call Kim Newton, Executive Director, at 540-324-9088.

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

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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.