Finding Local Community
Looking for some freethinking community for your family during the rest of the year?
Many Camp Quest parents tell us that they love Camp Quest, but are still looking for freethought community for themselves and their children during the rest of the year. Here are some suggestions for finding other freethinking folks in your local area.
Secular Parenting and Family Groups
- The Parents Beyond Belief blog has a list of secular parenting groups in the right side bar.
Local Affiliates of National Atheist, Humanist, and other Freethinking Groups
Many national freethought organizations have local chapters or affiliates. These groups vary quite a bit in terms of their size, programs, and demographics. Athough many of these groups may not currently offer children's programs, several are starting to offer much more for kids and families. Here are links to the local affiliate lists of major atheist and humanist groups:
- American Atheists affiliate map
- American Humanist Association chapters and affiliates
- Atheist Alliance of America affiliates
- Brights Local Communities
- Center for Inquiry communities and Council for Secular Humanism affiliates
More Congregational Nontheist and Freethinking Groups
- American Ethical Union Societies -- Ethical socieities are nontheistic religious groups that typically meet every Sunday morning, and often have excellent Sunday School programs.
- Society for Humanistic Judaism Congregations -- Humanistic Jewish communities embrace the culture, and many of the rituals and traditions of Judaism, but in a nontheistic form.
- Unitarian Universalist Congregations -- Unitarian Universalism is a creedless religion that includes many nontheistic people. Their congregations typically offer excellent programs for children and teenagers.
Campus Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist, and Freethought Groups
- Secular Student Alliance list of campus groups -- The Secular Student Alliance supports nontheistic groups on college and high school campuses. Older campers may find a group at their high school. College groups are open to non-students as well, so if you're affiliated with or near to a university campus, you might want to check it out.
- CFI On Campus -- The Center for Inquiry also supports campus groups. Check out their list too!
- Check out meetup.com. There are secular parenting groups on meetup, but if there isn't one in your area try different key words -- humanist, atheist, freethinker, and even pastafarian may be good ways to find a community in your area. Many meetup groups aren't affiliated with any national organziation, so don't be suprised if you find groups here that aren't on any of the lists above.
Considering Starting a Kids Program for your Local Group?
- Check out some advice on starting children's programs from CQ executive director, Amanda Metskas, in her 2009 Secular Nation Article "Educating Freethinking Kids - Lessons From Camp Quest."