Why Should You Support Camp Quest?

This is a guest post by Amanda Metskas, the Executive Director of Camp Quest.

Hemant adds: I’m working together with Greta Christina, Jen McCreight, and JT Eberhard to raise more money for Camp Quest than PZ Myers! (It’s almost a fair fight.)

Please donate via the ChipIn widget below and say you came from this site! You’ll be helping a fantastic organization while defeating a wicked, squid-loving, cracker-destroying evolutionist :)

The first team to raise $5,000 for CQ (or the team raising the most money by June 1st) will win all sorts of bragging rights.

Also, when my side wins, I think there’s an unwritten rule that we get to shave off PZ’s beard. He doesn’t know that yet, but let that rumor spread across the Internets!

The nontheist community offers many programs for adults, but very few for children. To provide a future for our values we need to provide freethinking families with a place for their kids to find community, develop critical thinking skills, and learn ethics and values. Fortunately, that is what Camp Quest is all about. Well, that, and all of the summer camp fun that you can pack into a week.

Fun, Friends, & Freethought

Camp Quest builds a community for children and teenagers from atheist, agnostic, humanist and other freethinking families. We provide campers a place to explore their developing worldviews, ask questions, and make friends in an environment supportive of critical thinking and skepticism. Camp Quest is open to campers from all backgrounds. We encourage campers to think for themselves, be comfortable with who they are, and engage respectfully with people who have different views.

Sound good? You can get involved! Camp Quest needs support from a broad community of freethinkers to be successful. You can donate online through out awesome new website. You can also register a camper or volunteer to be a camp counselor.

Instead of me telling you more about why Camp Quest is a great experience for kids, I want to share some of what the campers themselves say.

“Camp Quest helps me remember that there are other people my age who think like I do.”

“To be kind to others of different beliefs.”

“…to be a leader, about photography, different plants, about the oil spill, and many other things.”

“That it’s okay to be myself.”
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“how to make really good friends in just a week.”

“I’ve learned how to question things better.”

“That it’s okay to be an atheist.”

“So many things I can’t even count.”

Pretty amazing, right? Help us make that happen for more kids. When you donate online, you can make a one-time gift or an automatic monthly donation and put Camp Quest on your payroll. Paypal processes our donations, but you don’t need a paypal account in order to make your gift online with a credit card. You can also mail a check to Camp Quest, Inc., P.O. Box 2552, Columbus, OH 43216. Camp Quest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible. If you have any questions about making a donation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Here’s how your support helps us bring the Camp Quest to experience to more children:

  1. More camp locations than ever before.

    Camp Quest Chesapeake, Camp Quest Montana, and Camp Quest South Carolina are new this year! That brings us to 10 Camp Quest locations in North America, plus our overseas partners in the UK, Ireland, and Norway. By providing support to these new camps, Camp Quest is available to more children and families.

  2. More campers attending Camp Quest sessions.

    Registration numbers for several of our locations are higher than ever this year. Camp Quest Minnesota is already full, and has started a waiting list. Several other camp locations are likely to completely fill up this year. (If you’re not registered for 2011 yet, you might want to go do that now.)

  3. More help to Camp Quest camps to make 2011 our best year yet!

    At Camp Quest, Inc. we provide all kinds of support to Camp Quest camps to help them launch, and help them improve and grow from year to year. Camp Quest, Inc. provides financial support, publicity, technological services, training, troubleshooting and more to Camp Quest camps. That support makes it possible for our dedicated volunteers to launch, and run amazing Camp Quest camps serving freethinking families across North America.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll be a part of helping Camp Quest grow. For more updates from us, you can friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Remember: If you’d like to help Camp Quest, use the widget below!



  • Doug Kirk

    Good luck Hemant. I’m rooting for you but PZ is already half-way there.

    Wait… If he wins does that mean you, Greta, Jen and JT have to shave your heads?

  • http://kaleenamenke.blogspot.com Kaleena

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  • Leigh

    My son has gone to CQ each summer for the past two years, and has already signed up again this year. He’s had a great experience each time and spends the whole year leading up to the next camp thinking about seeing his ‘friends like him’ again. Many of the comments sound like something he’d say himself!

    I’d sign up to be a counselor with that location of CQ, but he still doesn’t want his mom hanging around – he’d rather be his own man. I guess that means I’ll need to start looking into being a counselor at other CQ sites! :)

  • http://villageatheist.org Drew

    3 more years and I plan to take my oldest little one.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    a wicked, squid-loving, cracker-destroying evolutionist

    You misspelled evilutionist.

    Mwa ha ha.

  • Reed Braden

    I threw in $10 to beat PZ… but with as much confidence as a vote for Ralph Nader or Ron Paul. Here’s to hoping for a “miracle” win, Hemant!

  • smittypap

    Maybe if you convince the good Dr. Plait to endorse you (quickly), you might just stand a chance.

  • Dave

    I don’t think it’s fair that you get to shave off PZ’s beard; I mean it’s four to one! I think you should only be allowed to shave off 1/4 of his beard. That would be more fair. And more hilarious!

  • Madelaine Leidy

    I’m on it! I contacted CQ I may even start a camp around this area, I live in NJ, the one in VA and OH are not convenient for us. We really need something like this, my child is not an Atheist, which pains my heart, it’s my own fault for being such a coward so many years ago.

    Now I want him to see that being an Atheist is a good thing. It’s hard to get him to see my point of view though, too many religious people around him. Not to mention that there aren’t any kids around here that are free thinkers.

  • Ali

    Is it bad for me to cheer for both teams?

    I think this is so much more exciting than the Royal Wedding.

  • Larry Meredith

    holy hell… 50% on the first day?!

  • ACN

    hehe PZ is at 70% :)

  • http://reproductionfails.wordpress.com/ Bronwyn

    Forty bucks to Team Hemant. I love me an underdog, and I want to see some beard-shaving.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ChristopherTK ChristopherTK

    My boys can’t wait to attend the camp in Michigan. Unfortunately, they have to wait until next year.

  • http://reproductionfails.wordpress.com/ Bronwyn

    Hm, I just noticed the wording of the challenge is whoever gets the most donations by June 1st will be the winner. I can still donate next pay-period to P.Z. (because I love you both) and we still might get the beard shaving. Hope I’m correct in my reading.

  • http://www.dadjokes.com.au Noel

    I read about this on Pharyngula – sure enough, PZ’s almost reached the target. Too many evil minions at Pharyngula for even this worthy coalition of the willing… so I came on over to delay the inevitable at least a teeny bit.

  • Ubi Dubium

    UbiDubiKid # 2 is already signed up for Camp Quest Chesapeake, and there is a gathering in our area next week that we are planning to be at. I’m thrilled that we finally have a Camp Quest in our area. We had looked at Camp Quest Smokies, but it was just too far away.

  • Alt+3

    Sounds like it’s time to pull out the big guns and go for a straight up smear campaign.

    Did I ever tell you guys that PZ tried to sell me drugs?
    At exorbitant prices.

  • http://defendingreason.wordpress.com/ Ben

    I think you set the bar too low. Should have gone $10,000 each, or $20,000 even … P.Z. has past the post already and there’s still, oh, 33 days of competition left.

    No matter who won, it’s a great effort I expect CQ will appreciate.

  • Al

    I am excited to see a CQ in South Carolina. They are having a family weekend retreat this fall, and my family is looking forward to going.