(S/O of Pagan's) my dd is going to secular summer camp!
So now is the time of year when, despite freezing temps & blizzards (for us colder-climes denizens), many of us select & make reservations for summer camp. When I'd learned about Camp Quest, I mentioned it to dd12 and she seemed mildly interested.
I thought there was nothing to lose by applying; we found out recently that she received a campership for this summer!
Now she is really excited to be going! Turns out she hadn't been paying all that close attention to me when I'd broached the subject with her before. A tween not listening to mom, shocking I know, lol.
We had some fun poring over the website info & looking at photo albums of past camps, etc. She is really looking forward to it :)
Camp Quest's Mission, Vision, Goals, and Values
Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values.
Values we teach: integrity, empathy, creativity, critical thinking, and community.
Camp Quest envisions a world in which children grow up exploring, thinking for themselves, connecting with their communities, and acting to make the most of life for themselves and others.
Through our programs, we seek to:
- Develop supportive communities for freethinking families
- Foster curiosity, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking in young people to enable them to draw their own conclusions
- Cultivate reason and empathy as foundations of an ethical, productive and fulfilling life
- Provide a safe and fun environment for personal and social growth
- Encourage exploration of the natural world
- Promote open dialogue that is marked by challenging each other’s ideas while treating each other with respect
- Raise awareness of positive contributions made by atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic people to our society
- Demonstrate atheism and humanism as positive, family-friendly worldviews
These principles guide our operations:
- Grassroots innovation – empowering local leaders, exploring new approaches, sharing what works
- Practicality – taking action, creating solutions, providing hands-on support
- Courage – speaking out, challenging ourselves and others, audaciously advancing our mission
- Integrity – standing up, engaging honestly, living our principles
- Cooperation – sharing ideas, working together, cultivating community
- Empiricism – testing ideas, building from evidence, rejecting what doesn’t work