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(S/O of Pagan's) my dd is going to secular summer camp!

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 6:01 AM
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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


Our Mission

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.


Our Vision

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.


Our Goals

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

 Our Values

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
  • Fun!
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by Satan on Feb. 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM

What do kids do at Camp Quest?

Activities vary from year to year and location to location of Camp Quest; however, all of our camps offer a mix of traditional summer camp activities and educational activities related to the Camp Quest mission.  Here is a sampling of some of the kinds of activities we tend to offer. For more information about activities at a specific camp, please visit its web site. Those links are offeredhere.


  • Archery
  • Campfires
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Climbing
  • Crafts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Field Trips
  • Games
  • High and Low Ropes Challenge Courses
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Overnight Sleepout
  • Photography
  • Singing & Songwriting
  • Sports
  • Swimming


  • Astronomy
  • Biology & Evolution
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ecology & Environmental Science
  • Ethics
  • Famous Freethinkers/Humanist Heroes
  • Fossil Hunting
  • Invisible Unicorn Challenge
  • Philosophy
  • Science Experiments
  • World Religions
by TC on Feb. 8, 2013 at 7:24 AM
I just found that we have one on our area recently. My kiddos are way too young for sleep-away camp yet, but it's nice to know there are other options in town.
Hope your daughter has a great time!
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by Gina on Feb. 8, 2013 at 7:52 AM

That sounds awesome.

My big ones go to 4H camp, which is secular.

by Satan on Feb. 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM


by Ruby Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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I've heard good things about Camp Quest.   I hope she has a great time.

Let us know how it went.

by AllieCat on Feb. 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Sounds amazing! I'm sure your daughter will have a great time!!!

by Bronze Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM
Fun! I went to summer camp for several years and made lifelong friends. I can't wait until my kids are old enough.
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by Ruby Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:57 PM

 Not my cup of tea, but I hope your girl has a lot of fun and makes good memories. 

by Bazinga! on Feb. 8, 2013 at 9:49 PM

 How fun!

by Sooze on Feb. 9, 2013 at 6:40 AM

That's great.  I wish there was one closer to where we live.

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