Updates from July Camps: Part One

  

July flew by and we had so much fun we can't even contain it to just one post! 

Camp Quest Kansas City had its first year ever this year and what a year it was. Campers got to dissect squid and learn about their inner workings. Other activities they particapated in were martial arts, swinging some poi, and canoeing out on the lake. In the whale evolution program kids got to learn about how whales first developed as mammals on land before diving back into the sea. 

At Camp Quest West they even had two sessions! 

During Camp Quest Norcal the kids loved to rock out and sing all their favorite camp songs. Astronomy, working with simple machines, and making your own sonic screwdrivers out of pens were all activities we had a blast doing. Kids even got to put together opposing sides of a peaceful protest on whether or not to ban healthy cereals, while designing their own posters, shirts, and bumper stickers. 

  

Not to be out done, Camp Quest Socal brewed up their own DNA. They did an experiment where they quite literally sucked the DNA out of strawberries! More activities included hiking, discussing communication, and having a fabulous board game night. One of the favorites, however, was when they had a Flying Spaghetti Monster pirate themed dance, where kids got to dance the night away in pirate garb. 

Back over on the east coast, Camp Quest Chesapeake was a splash with their super slick waterslide. There was plenty of fun to be had ncluding dance classes, improv games, and a guest speaker who educated us on bats. Physics were brought into the equation with an awesome optics program where campers got to test the limited of light and polarize common objects.  » Read more

Highlights from Our June Camps

   

We're back from our first few weeks at camp! Arizona, Ohio, and Oklahoma all had their sessions in late June and all three camps were completely booked! 

At Camp Quest Arizona, they knew how to have fun. Some of their activities included fishing, survival techniques, drama, and sing alongs. There was even make your own stuffed animal abominations where campers got to sew together bits and pieces to splice together new species of animals. Another cool program that they had was make your own musical instruments, where campers made marimbas out of PVC, duct tape, and cardboard. 

Camp Quest Ohio had a great time learning about the festival of Holi, the festival of color, where they got to bombard each other with colorful chalks. There was also a carnival of games, karaoke, gaga ball, bridge engineering, and campfires. Campers got to discuss the moral semantics of superheroes and the difference between good, bad, and anti-hero morals.  

Over at Camp Quest Oklahoma campers were elbows deep in the sciences. Quite literally when they got to make their own silly putty and learn about polymers! Other cool activities that campers got to partake in were rapelling, canoeing, archery, and water wars. They even got to make their own robots out of popsickle sticks and hydraulics then at the end of the week battle them against one another.  » Read more

Welcome Mary Barczak, Camp Quest's New Program Manager!

Mary BarczakCamp Quest is excited to announce the hire of Mary Barczak as our second full-time staff person.  Mary got involved with Camp Quest as a camper at our very first session in 1996.  After many years as a camper, Mary grew up and became a volunteer cabin counselor.  In the last four years, she has served as both Art Director and Assistant Camp Director.  Mary has volunteered with both Camp Quest Ohio and Camp Quest Chesapeake.  In addition to Mary's many years of experience as a Camp Quest volunteer, she brings her experiences in the arts, technology, program development, graphic design, and marketing to her new position.  

As Program Manager, Mary will be working with Camp Quest's volunteer leaders across the country as well as with groups interested in launching new Camp Quest programs.  Camp Quest's goal with this position is to provide more resources and support to our growing network of local camps. » Read more

Statement from Camp Quest on Restaurant's Cancellation of Camp Quest Oklahoma Fundraiser

We want to thank everyone who has supported Camp Quest Oklahoma this week after their fundraising event at a barbecue restaurant was cancelled on Monday night.  The cancellation of their fundraiser, which had already started, was due to the restaurant owner, Joe Davidson, claiming that supporting the camp wasn't compatible with his Christian identity. » Read more

Stiefel Foundation Matches Donations to Camp Quest Oklahoma this Week!

Camp Quest OklahomaSupport Camp Quest Oklahoma with a donation, and have your donation matched this week with a gift from Stiefel Freethought Foundation to Camp Quest, Inc.

You may have heard that Camp Quest Oklahoma's fundraiser scheduled for Monday, April 8th at Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma was cancelled last night by the restaurant owners after guests had already started arriving.  Despite a flyer clearly stating the mission of Camp Quest, and planning for the event for at least a month in advance, the owners decided once the fundraiser had started that it conflicted with their Christian identity. » Read more

Camp Quest Joins Secular Leaders Supporting Civility in Our Growing Online Communities

Civility NowCamp Quest is proud to sign on to the following letter promoting civility in our growing and increasingly diverse secular community.

An Open Letter to the Secular Community

It is an amazing time to be part of the secular movment.  Look at what's happened in 2012 alone.  We held the Reason Rally, the largest event our community has ever had, which brought over 20,000 atheists, humanists, and other secular people together on the National Mall. We are growing, attracting new people, and drawing more attention than ever before.  A big part of that growth is thanks to our large and dynamic online community.  Online secular communities have helped people encounter new ideas, deepen and broaden their thinking, and even change their minds.

A Problem with Online Communication

At the same time, the fact that so much of our community is online brings with it certain challenges. » Read more

Camp Quest Oklahoma Partners with National Inclusion Project

National Inclusion ProjectCamp is about building memories - having fun and making friends while also enjoying the outdoors. Young people with disabilities or behavioral health challenges are sometimes left out of social gatherings at school or in their neighborhood. At camp, where the emphasis is fun and friendship, differences in ability are less important than they are at school.

Camp Quest Oklahoma is once again being held at Camp Fire Green Country's Camp Waluhili - a proud partner of the National Inclusion Project's Let's ALL Play initiative. As a partner agency, Camp Fire is becoming more intentional about providing camp opportunities for children with Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral health challenges, or other developmental or functional struggles. » Read more

Come Work for Camp Quest!

Camp Quest TeamCamp Quest, Inc. seeks a full-time Program Manager. Our organization supports a growing network of weeklong summer camp programs aimed at children and teens from nonreligious families.  Our camps provide a mix of traditional summer camp fun plus science, philosophy, and critical thinking activities in an environment designed to foster a sense of community among the youth participants.

The Program Manager will work with volunteer camp leaders to develop and share camp planning resources throughout our network of camps, and work with groups interested in launching new camps. » Read more

We Met Our $50,000 Match - Thank You!

Stiefel Freethought Foundation LogoWe're very excited to report that Camp Quest has raised $50,000, meeting our 2012 matching challenge from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.  We want to thank everyone who doanted to Camp Quest this year to help us meet our match! We also want to thank Todd Stiefel and the Stiefel Freethought Foundation for their generous support this year.

We were also very honored to have Todd as a counselor at Camp Quest South Carolina for their first week-long camp session this summer.  When we let Todd know that we'd met the matching challenge, he said, "It has been a joy getting to work with Camp Quest and an honor serving as a cabin counselor.  My foundation is thrilled to give CQ this grant for reaching the matching challenge."

Camp Quest is excited because a match of this size will give us an opportunity to really grow as an organization. » Read more

Thanks to you Camp Quest won $20,000 Grant!

All of you who supported Camp Quest in Chase Community Giving last month helped us get enough votes to win a $20,000 grant!  To all of you who helped, thank you... with style!

 

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