CQ Director's blog

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

Up to $10,000 Matching for Last Two Hours of Blogger Contest!

The blogger fundraising contest rolls into the record books at 2pm eastern time today. For these last few hours The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has pledged a matching offer of up to $5,000 per team!

The Stiefel Foundation will match dollar for dollar everything Beat PZ raises above the current value of $11,681.33, up to $16,681.33.

The Stiefel Foundation didn't want to take sides though, so they will also match dollar for dollar everything Team PZ raises above the current value of $11,376.01, up to $16,376.01.

This is your last chance to decide the fate of PZ's beard, and JT's hair, and now you can double your donation at the same time!  Thanks to the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, all of the bloggers, and all of the contributors! » Read more

Teams basically tied with 9 hours to go!

Our intrepid blogger competitors have raised more than $20,000 for Camp Quest over the last month. And now, their contest looks to be a photo finish! As of 2:49pm eastern Team Underdog is ahead of Team PZ by $63.

This may be due to some tactical changes on the part of Team PZ. PZ now claims that he wins either way. We're not so sure about that, but Camp Quest definitely wins either way.

Thank you thank you thank you to all of the donors who have given to support Team Underdog or Team PZ, and thank you thank you thank you to all of the bloggers and others who have promoted this contest! » Read more

Halfway through our blogger contest the teams raise the stakes!

We are about halfway through the PZ Myers vs. Team Underdog blogger fundraising contest for Camp Quest, and the battle rages on!  PZ is still ahead, but Team Underdog is strategizing for their late-game comeback.  A few quick highlights:

1. Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, started a rumor that PZ would shave his beard if Team Underdog won.  PZ turned the tables by offering to shave his beard if he won, effectively sowing confusion among those who wanted to shave vs. save PZ's beard. 

2. Team Underdog, adopting the moniker of Team Awesome, went on a recruiting spree and gained several more members.  The current membership of Team Awesome is: » Read more

There is still time to register!

Register Now! Spaces at Camp Quest are filling up fast!

Summer is coming up fast, but there is still time to register a camper for most Camp Quest sessions!  Don't wait; Camp Quest Minnesota is already full and our other sessions are filling up fast.  Register at any of our other 9 locations throughout North America.  Or, check out our partners overseas.

Camp Quest locations in California, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia still have spaces for campers ages 8-17, and you can start the registration process online.

Camp Quest has two new family camp programs this year.  Camp Quest Montana, a week-long family program near Glacier National Park, is open to parents with kids of all ages, and also to teenagers attending independently as Counselors-In-Training.  Camp Quest South Carolina is offering a weekend programs this October for families with children of all ages.  Both family camps have online registration forms available!

No Kids?  No problem!  Volunteer Opportunities are also available!

Camp Quest camps have volunteer positions for counselors who spend the week leading activities, mentoring campers, and shaping our amazing camp communities.  

There are volunteer positions available in Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Other locations may be taking on additional volunteers depending on registration numbers. » Read more

Curious, but Not Ready to Commit?

Revenge of the Underdogs - Blogger Contest Continues!

Blogger Competition Round II is underway!

So, the first round went to PZ... it only took him and his hordes of generous followers 13 hours and 14 minutes to reach the $5,000 goal.

Team Underdog, started to catch up though after a slower start, and they have demanded a rematch. Greta, Hemant, Jen, and JT, have returned with reinforcements. Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism will be joining their forces.

Team Underdog is also adding additional reinforcements to join their side! Simply get the ChipIn Widget from the sidebar of this page, and post it to your own blog to join the underdogs. Of course, if you want to join PZ's team, you can do that too! Feel free to copy the contest information and info about Camp Quest from those ChipIn pages. Let us know if you join in!

Round Two Rules: Whichever team raises the most money by the original June 1 deadline will win round two, and will be the ultimate rock stars of the atheist blogosphere. » Read more

Nick News episode features Camp Quest camper

Nick News Freedom to Believe... Or Not

Camp Quest camper Rayanne Silverman is featured in "Freedom to Believe... Or Not," this Sunday's episode of Nick News.  Nick News is a Peabody Award-winning show featuring news about and for children and teenagers.  » Read more

Why you should support Camp Quest

Thumbs up for Camp QuestCamp Quest is growing by leaps and bounds, but we need your support to keep up!

Why donate?  Camp Quest provides an amazing week of fun, friends, and freethought for hundreds of children.  Your support makes that possible, and through our fancy new website, now 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 2010?"

"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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