Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Camp Quest

Camp Quest was mentioned by Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion chapter 2 pg 53

Camp Quest is the first residential summer camp in the history of the United States for the children of Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever other terms might be applied to those who hold to a naturalistic, not supernatural world view.

Camp Quest is a not-for-profit educational organization created in 1996. Its purpose is to provide children of freethinking parents a residential summer camp dedicated to improving the human condition through rational inquiry, critical and creative thinking, scientific method, self-respect, ethics, competency, democracy, free speech, and the separation of religion and government guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.

Camp Quest was started by the Free Inquiry Group, Inc. (FIG) of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. It is now operated by Camp Quest, Inc. a non-profit Kentucky Corporation with a board of directors drawn internationally from leaders of various organizations which share the goals of Camp Quest. Camp Quest is its own organization, and while endorsed by several organizations and groups, it is neither owned nor controlled by any group other than Camp Quest, Inc.

Purpose http://www.campquestwest.org/

  • Promote among the youth participants a sense of belonging to a large freethought community.
  • Encourage critical thinking to enable the young people to draw their own conclusions based on good evidence.
  • Promote respect for others even though they may have different viewpoints, values, and beliefs.
  • Provide a safe and fun environment for personal and social development

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