Summer Camp for Children of Atheist Parents is Now Led by Ousted Eagle Scouts

Several years ago, Neil Polzin was kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America — despite being an Eagle Scout — because he was an atheist.

Shawn Jeffers left the BSA in 2002 after coming out as both gay and atheist. He’s an Eagle Scout, too.

These are both guys who would love to give back to the Boy Scouts but are prohibited from doing so due to policies barring gay adults from leading troops and out atheists from having any association whatsoever with the scouts.

But both of them are now helping run Camp Quest, the summer camp for children of atheist parents. Jeffers is Chair of the Board, while Polzin serves as Vice Chair.

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Freethinker Faceoff for Camp Quest

Camp Quest, the summer camp for children of atheist parents, is raising some much-needed funds by creating a deck of cards featuring famous freethinkers. But they don’t know which ones will appear on the face cards. That’s where you come in.

It begins with the single head-to-head match-ups:

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A Few Good Men Needed at Camp Quest Oklahoma

Camp Quest Oklahoma, a summer camp aimed at kids from freethinking families, is facing a major shortage of male counselors this summer. And that could mean turning away a lot of the boys currently enrolled.



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Newspaper’s Readers Get Offended By Its Coverage of Secular Summer Camp

Earlier this month, the Toledo Blade published a generally positive article about Camp Quest, the summer camp for children of atheist parents:

“I have talked with kids that have gone through, and they just love it,” said Ms. [Barbara] Williams, an organizer of Great Lakes Atheists in Toledo. “It was a great experience for them to come to a place which is a camp. It’s just like a regular camp, basically, but –”

“– They don’t feel marginalized,” Mr. [Phil] Deckebach said.

“They don’t,” Ms. Williams agreed. “They’re free to be themselves, absolutely. They’re free to express their opinions, they don’t have to be afraid, they don’t have to be in the closet.

Somehow, though, the fact that the newspaper printed a story about an atheist camp — without demonizing it — irked some of the readers. The paper’s ombudsman Jack Lessenberry explains:

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High School Atheist Activist Accepts Scholarship from Camp Quest South Carolina

On the heels of the awesome news about Kalei Wilson and Pisgah High School’s newly-formed Secular Student Alliance affiliate, Camp Quest South Carolina (CQSC), which also serves North Carolina and Georgia, has offered Kalei a full campership for her brave work.



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