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Camp Quest: #SummerCamps for #Children from #Atheist, #Agnostic and Free-Thinker #Parents

Mission

Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values.

Values we teach: integrity, empathy, creativity, critical thinking, and community.

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Vision

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.

Goals

Through our programs, we seek to:

  • Develop supportive communities for freethinking families
  • Foster curiosity, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking in young people to enable them to draw their own conclusions
  • Cultivate reason and empathy as foundations of an ethical, productive and fulfilling life
  • Provide a safe and fun environment for personal and social growth
  • Encourage exploration of the natural world
  • Promote open dialogue that is marked by challenging each other’s ideas while treating each other with respect
  • Raise awareness of positive contributions made by atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic people to our society
  • Demonstrate atheism and humanism as positive, family-friendly worldviews

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Values

These principles guide our operations:

  • Grassroots innovation – empowering local leaders, exploring new approaches, sharing what works
  • Practicality – taking action, creating solutions, providing hands-on support
  • Courage – speaking out, challenging ourselves and others, audaciously advancing our mission
  • Integrity – standing up, engaging honestly, living our principles
  • Cooperation – sharing ideas, working together, cultivating community
  • Empiricism – testing ideas, building from evidence, rejecting what doesn’t work
  • Fun!

What do kids do at Camp Quest?

Activities vary from year to year and location to location of Camp Quest; however, all of our camps offer a mix of traditional summer camp activities and educational activities related to the Camp Quest mission.  Here is a sampling of some of the kinds of activities we tend to offer. For more information about activities at a specific camp, please visit its web site. Those links are offeredhere.

Traditional

  • Archery
  • Campfires
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Climbing
  • Crafts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Field Trips
  • Games
  • High and Low Ropes Challenge Courses
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Overnight Sleepout
  • Photography
  • Singing & Songwriting
  • Sports
  • Swimming

Educational

  • Astronomy
  • Biology & Evolution
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ecology & Environmental Science
  • Ethics
  • Famous Freethinkers/Humanist Heroes
  • Fossil Hunting
  • Invisible Unicorn Challenge
  • Philosophy
  • Science Experiments
  • World Religions

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Locations

EUROPE

Camp Quest UK
* Sleepaway: July 28 – Aug 3, 2013
* Weekend: April 2-5, 2013

USA

Camp Quest Arizona
* Sleepaway: June 16-22, 2013

Camp Quest Chesapeake (MD)
* Sleepaway: July 14-20, 2013

Camp Quest Kansas City
* Sleepaway: July 6-10, 2013

Camp Quest Michigan
* Sleepaway: July 2013 TBA

Camp Quest Minnesota
* Sleepaway: July 2013 TBA

Camp Quest Montana
* TBA

Camp Quest New England (CT)
* Sleepaway: Summer 2013 TBA

Camp Quest NorthWest (WA)
* Sleepaway: August 2013 TBA

Camp Quest Ohio
* Sleepaway: June 15-22, 2013

Camp Quest Oklahoma
* Sleepaway: June 2013 TBA

Camp Quest Ontario
* Sleepaway: 2013 TBA

Camp Quest Smoky Mts. (TN)
* Sleepaway: July 2013 TBA

Camp Quest South Carolina
* Sleepaway: July 21 – 27, 2013
* Family Weekend: Feb 15-17, 2013

Camp Quest Texas
* Sleepaway: August 2013 TBA

Camp Quest West (CA)
Sleepaway:
* Sacramento: July 7-13, 2013
* Los Angeles: July 21-27, 2013

The link to their main web site is here


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