As Camp Quest embarks on our ambitious Envision 2020 campaign to double the campers we serve by 2020, we're proud to be led by two former Eagle Scouts. Check out our press release issued today, and consider supporting our expansion. The first $50,000 raised will be matched by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.
April 14, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact, Amanda K. Metskas, Executive Director
Atheist Former Boy Scouts Lead Secular Alternative Summer Camp
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Camp Quest, a summer camp serving youth from non-religious families, is now led by two Eagle Scouts, Shawn Jeffers (Chair) and Neil Polzin (Vice Chair). Former Boy Scout leaders, both men are unwelcome in the Boy Scouts of America because they are atheists.
Having a place to continue to practice the skills they learned in Boy Scouts and passing those skills and a love of the outdoors along to children was a big motivation for both Shawn and Neil's involvement with Camp Quest.
"Camp Quest is a place where kids develop independence, have fun, and make friends. They learn critical thinking skills alongside traditional camp-craft. It combines the best of what I got from being in the Boy Scouts with inclusive policies promoting empathy, open questioning, and integrity," Neil Polzin said.
Over the last two decades many atheist scouts, like Darrell Lambert, have been faced with the choice of feigning belief in God to stay in the organization, or being honest and that leading to their expulsion. » Read more