“I’m talking about Camp Quest, a network of summer camps dedicated to sunny day fun from a strict atheist and agnostic perspective. As their catch phrase says, “It’s beyond belief!” Though Camp Quest provides regular camp activities like hiking and horseback riding, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, children also, “learn about the canons of rational thought, critical thinking and scientific inquiry.” And in one activity, “[Campers] must try to prove that invisible unicorns, as a metaphor for God, don’t exist.” The campers are also given other untenable philosophical challenges like proving tetherball is fun. Well, Camp Quest, here’s another activity: How about canoeing on a lake of hellfire for all eternity [Graphic of campers canoeing on lake of hellfire]. Sleep tight kids!”
Of course, this is Colbert and he’s joking. But it was nice to see Camp Quest mentioned on his show. Several friends of mine have worked as counselors there and a couple now even run the organization. It’s one of the few places atheist parents can send their children to learn what it means to be non-religious.
The Cincinnati Enquirer article that Colbert cited is here.
Video of Monday’s Threatdown is here. (Sit through the 30 seconds of ads.)
[tags]Stephen Colbert, Colbert Report, Camp, Quest, Cincinnati, Enquirer, atheist, Threatdown[/tags]