The camp director’s housekeeping lecture met the usual disinterest from the dining hall full of sweaty, bug-bitten kids.
But August Brunsman finished his cleaning directive with a so-subtle-the-kids-probably-missed-it pun that made clear that Camp Quest is not the usual summer offering.
“Remember,” he said, a slight grin crossing his face, “cleanliness is next to godlessness.”
Started in 1996, Camp Quest emphasizes critical thinking and the scientific method. Counselors lead philosophical discussions about topics such as the nature of happiness.
Consideration for others is a key component of the “Rational Rules for Living,” posted on the wall of the dining hall at the 4-H camp where Camp Quest Ohio rented space.
Rule No. 1: “Remember that everybody is here to have a good time. Respect all people, whatever their beliefs, which you encounter while you are here.”
Amanda Metskas, the director of CQ, is also featured in a nice video on the newspaper’s website explaining what goes on at the camp:
I wish I had known about these camps when I was that age… the kids I’ve spoken to who have attended Camp Quest at any of its locations have had nothing but wonderful things to say about it. They can’t wait till the next summer when they can go back again.
(Thanks to Carrie for the link!)