Sarah Henry just graduated from high school in June. Most kids Sarah Henry's age are focusing on what subject they are going to study in college. And she's doing that too, but Sarah Henry also writes for the Foundation Beyond Belief, co-founded her high school's Secular Student Alliance, took first place in this year's Robert Ingersoll Oratory Contest and We the People's Regional Competition, and just spoke at the Kentucky Freethought Convention.
Since 2006, Sarah's been attending and volunteering for Camp Quest. In 2014, she'll be volunteering with three different Camp Quests, including being the youngest assistant camp director to date. Read on to hear what Sarah has to say about her camp Quest experience.
When I told my mom, at 10 years old, that I didn’t believe in God, she told me “Well, let’s find some things that atheists do.” That summer, I spent my first week at Camp Quest Ohio, and it changed my life.
My first year at secular summer camp brought with it new friends and a new community. As a kid, the friends and the games were the most important part to me. Camp Quest works to make sure that every kid is having one of the best weeks of the year, with pool games, arts and crafts, bonfires, and that essential summer camp staple: s'mores.
As I got older, different things became my reasons for returning year after year. As I faced both personal and religious bullies at school and in my home community, the friends and support system of Camp Quest helped me realize that it was okay not to believe in a deity. They helped me realize how I looked had absolutely nothing to do with my merits. They helped me realize that no matter what happened at my home or in my outside life, my camp family would always be there with open arms and an ear to lend. » Read more