CQ Director's blog

$50,000 match means your support goes twice as far!

Fun at Camp QuestAll donations to Camp Quest up to $50,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation from February 7th until the end of 2012! 

Why donate?  Camp Quest provides an amazing week of fun, friends, and freethought for hundreds of children.  We are growing by leaps and bounds with new camps launching in Arizona, New England, Oklahoma, and Washington State, but we are still barely keeping up with demand.  Each year we have kids on waiting lists to get into camp. We need your support in order to bring Camp Quest to more campers through launching new locations and helping our current camps grow.  This year that support counts double thanks to the generosity of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation!  You can donate to Camp Quest online!  

Here's what some of our campers had to say when we asked them, "What have you learned at Camp Quest?"

"Camp Quest helps me remember that there are other people my age who think like I do."

"To be kind to others of different beliefs."

"...to be a leader, about photography, different plants, about the oil spill, and many other things."

"That it's okay to be myself."

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Bring the kids to the Reason Rally!

This March, join us in DC for a long weekend of secular fun for the whole family!Reason Rally! » Read more

  • On Saturday, March 24th join us at the Reason Rally, on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  This free celebration is going to be the largest gathering the secular community has ever seen.  Tim Minchin, Bad Religion, Adam Savage, and a host of other great speakers and bands will be there, and so will Camp Quest!  Come find us at the Camp Quest tent where we'll have craft projects, and games for all ages.  We'll also have plenty of information on how you can sign up for a Camp Quest session this summer.
  • If you can get there a day early, join us on Friday, March 23rd for the Lobby Day for Reason.

Still finishing that Holiday Shopping?

Looking for gifts for skeptically-inclined kids and adults this holiday season?  Here are a few of our favorite things:

Books

  • Charlie's Playhouse has an excellent guide to help you find great evolution-related books for kids of all ages!
  • The Magic of Reality written by Richard Dawkins and illustrated by Dave McKean is a can't miss book for bringing science to readers of all ages.  Younger kids will enjoy the illustrations, and experiencing the book with their parents. Older children, teens, and adults alike will find much to learn, and will enjoy the illustrations too!  There is also an iPad app for the book.
  • Christopher Phillips over at the Society for Philosophical Inquiry has great books for kids and adults interested in philosophy.  Socrates Café is our favorite for adults, and The Philosophers' Club is our favorite for kids.
  • We loved Logicomix, a graphic novel about Bertrand Russell and the quest for the foundations of mathmatics.  This one is best for adults or high school students and older.

Stuff Other Than Books

Stuff Other Than Stuff

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Christopher Hitchens' Reading List for Camp Questers

Back in October, Christopher Hitchens met Mason, a camper at the Camp Quest Texas mini-camp at the Texas Freethought Convention, and he recommended some books for her to read.  Here are Hitch's recommendations:

  • Richard Dawkins, The Magic of Reality
  • Roman myths, particularly those compiled by Robert Graves
  • (anything satirical)
  • William Shakespeare (everything)
  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel, and Nomad
  • PG Wodehouse (for fun)
  • David Hume
  • Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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Thank You Freethought Bloggers w/Bonus Crochet FSM!

Crocheted Flying Spaghetti MonstersBack in May eleven intrepid bloggers joined forces to compete against PZ Myers and his horde of followers through a contest to raise money for Camp Quest.  The intrepid forces of Team Awesome defeated the Squidlord, but the real winner of the contest was Camp Quest! Between the work of the bloggers, donors, and the last minute matching offer from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation over $33,000 was raised for Camp Quest during the month-long contest!

We wanted to do something special to thank the bloggers, but what do you give to the paragons of the freethought blogosphere?  With the help of Sue Henry and Kelley Freeman, we found the perfect gift - hand crocheted Flying Spaghetti Monsters. » Read more

Freethinking Internships for the Fall!

Secular Coalition for America LogoTwo national partners of Camp Quest, the Secular Coalition for America and Foundation Beyond Belief are offering fall internships.  Camp Quest is proud to be one of the 10 member organziations of the Secular Coalition for America, and we're honored to have been selected as a beneficiary of Foundation Beyond Belief for the second year in a row.  If you're interested in getting more involved in the freethought community, these internships may be just the opporuntities you're looking for.

Foundation Beyond Belief LogoThe Foundation Beyond Belief Internship is a 28 week virtual internship requiring about 8 hours per week.

The Secular Coalition for America Internship is a 12 week part-time position in Washington, DC.

Deadlines are fast approching -- Foundation Beyond Belief's deadline is July 18th, and the Secular Coalition's deadline is July 22nd, so get more information and get your application in post haste! » Read more

Love Freethought? Looking for Job?

Secular Student Alliance LogoWe may have just the position for you! The Secular Student Alliance is hiring an event specialist.  The event specialist will work on projects for both Camp Quest and Secular Student Alliance. 

This full-time position will spend the summer split between projects for Camp Quest and the Secular Student Alliance, focusing largely on preparing for the Richard Dawkins October 2011 Speaking Tour and subsequent tour-related events.  This tour will involve university events hosted by SSA affiliates, independent university events, and family events organized by Camp Quest.  Following the October tour and subsequent tour-related events, the position will transition to focus on coordinating events for Secular Student Alliance affiliate groups, including headliner speaking tours, individual events and local events.

Learn more about the position, and submit your application materials to the Secular Student Alliance by July 10, 2011.

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What can I do to improve the image of atheists/freethinkers?

Camp Quest Michigan FriendsThat's what Michigan Atheists wants to know.  They are providing campership assistance to attend Camp Quest of Michigan for kids and teens with the best answers.  Here are the details:

Essay topic: What can I do to improve the image of freethinkers/atheists in the world?

Eligibility: Children and Teens ages 8-17

Deadline: June 12, 2011

Prize: Up to a full campership to Camp Quest of Michigan July 17-23, 2011 (an up to $500 value).

How to Apply: Send your short essay (no more than 1 page) along with your name and age to michigan@camp-quest.org.

The deadline is soon, so get typing, and get those essays in! » Read more

Two Weeks Until CQ Ohio!

Here's a quick snapshot of Camp Quest Ohio 2010! We can't wait for camp this year. Only two weeks to go!

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22 Minutes To Go!

ChipIn says we have 22 minutes to go, and that's the official time we're going with.  Team PZ pulled ahead in a last minute reversal.  Will that be the game or will Beat PZ return victorious in the final minutes.  You decide and the Stiefel Freethought Foundation doubles your contribution to either team! » Read more

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