Great Camp Quest battle, round 2

Recall that last year a noble band of bloggers set out to conquer a briny tyrantHemant Mehta, Greta Christina, Jen McCreight, and myself embarked on the quest and, along the way, we picked up additional warriors such as Adam Lee, Phil Ferguson, Digital Cuttlefish, Matt Dillahunty, and others.

It was close.  The forces of light raised $13,550.06 for Camp Quest while PZ and his minions slithered up to a total of $13,016.01.  Todd Stiefel even swung in during the last four hours with a matching offer that brought in another $3,508.73.  It was a knock-down, drag out fight that ultimately raised $30,074.80 for Camp Quest.  But in the end, just like a Hollywood epic, the good guys won.

But, just like in Hollywood, the bad guy always returns with a chip on his shoulder about a year later in time for a sequel.

The scourge of the deep has resurfaced and again the forces of justice must take up arms.  After nursing his pride for a year PZ and his army have returned.  This time Stiefel is in it from the beginning, so we stand to raise even more money for Camp Quest!

This time the good guys have assembled a team of atheist’s mightiest heroes from the outset!

We’re all trying to out fundraise the terrible squid.  If you’ll recall, last year I promised to shave my head and wax parts of my body if Team Awesome prevailed.  I delivered.

Recall that Michaelyn and I were both counselors at Camp Quest Ohio this year.  It was a phenomenal experience.  Possibly my favorite moment was during the carnival.  We ran a carnival for all the campers for which we decorated the pavilion and ran games where they could win tickets for prizes.  One of the prizes they could win, for 50 tickets, was a water balloon to throw at a counselor.

After the carnival, the first group of four counselors was brought up.  Those who paid to drench each counselor lined up, received their water balloon, and doused them.  Then another group of four counselors repeated.  Then a group of two, since many campers had paid to toss balloons at those two.

And then me by myself, because a lot of them wanted to soak me.  I got down on my knees and endured the giggling swarm.  It was wonderful.  It told me they liked me.  :)

So what do I have to offer this time around?  Frankly, you should donate to Camp Quest purely because of all the good they do for young freethinkers.  But, if that’s not enough, what do you guys want to see me do should Team Awesome win (again)?  Throw some bucks in while you’re mulling it over.  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Turumbar

    What a great cause! I went ahead and made a contribution.

  • fastlane

    It hardly seems fair, numerically. Maybe PZ should get at least one team mate. Chris Mooney, perhaps? *ducks and runs*

  • Roberto Aguirre Maturana

    -I have an army.
    -We have a PZ.

    I really think you should get Jerry Coyne on your team.

    • fastlane

      Winnar!! Wish I’d thought of that line. Well played, sir!

  • echidna

    Well, so far PZ is winning handily, but it’s early days.

  • julian

    Is re-defeat PZ really accurate to what went down last time?

  • cag

    Reminds me of the event at B. C. Children’s Hospital for heart transplant kids some years ago. It was a really warm day (well warm for Vancouver) and the kids were given syringes to fill and squirt at each other. Of course my pal Drake (heart transplant at 15 months old) dragged me into it. The smiles on the kids faces as they soaked me were priceless. The kid that bypassed the syringe and doused me with the bucket was especially pleased with himself.

    Unfortunately, at least one of the kids has died. Drake has survived for 15 years so far and is getting good reports from his doctors. The drugs killed his kidneys, so he was on dialysis for a while but has had a transplanted kidney.

    One thing I have noticed about kids that have life-threatening conditions, they are not self centered (sample size = 2 so margin of error is high). They care about others.

    If you are not registered as an organ donor, please give it some thought. You and I will have no use for any of our parts after we die, so give someone else a chance at a better life. This is the only way that we can “live on” after we die.