Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Camp Quest UK - it's beyond belief!

Came across this site via Atheist Nexus member Samantha Stein.

Question, Understand, Explore, Study, Think
Camp Quest UK is a residential summer camp for the children (age 8-17) of Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever other terms might be applied to those who hold to a naturalistic, not supernatural world view.

Camp Quest's purpose is to build a strong, healthy community among the young participants aged 8-17. In addition to fun camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery, campfires, stargazing, and outdoor sports, Camp Quest's knowledgeable counsellors and guest volunteers will lead the youth in learning activities that teach them about freethought and humanist principals. Activities cover critical thinking, science, history, civics, and ethics. Campers develop and improve their rational thinking skills in fun, hands-on learning activities and programs.

About Us

Camp Quest UK is in early stages and we intend to hold our first camp in summer 2009. We are the sister organisation of Camp Quest Inc., an American non-profit organisation with 6 successful camps across North America.

Camp Quest was first held in 1996 and until 2002 was operated by the Free Inquiry Group, Inc. (FIG) of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The idea for the project originated with Edwin Kagin and he and his wife Helen served as Camp Directors for the first ten years of the original Camp Quest, retiring at the end of the 2005 camp session.

Camp Quest is important because critical thinking and skepticism are vitally important in our world and not always taught or taught well in schools, where there is often simply an imperative to get kids to “do as they are told” and “follow authority”. It’s up to us to help our children understand that it’s ok to disagree and teach productive ways to challenge ideas.

Listen to a feature on Camp Quest from the Humanist Network News (HNN) Audio Podcast

Board of Directors

Samantha Stein Samantha Stein - Camp Director
Samantha volunteered at Camp Quest Michigan in 2007 where the idea for bringing Camp Quest to the UK was first discussed. She has since then spearheaded the efforts to make this happen. She currently studies Psychology at York University.

Tye Hadlington - Chair
A long time member of the BHA and NSS, Tye brings his past experience running student and research committees to the table to co-ordinate the project management for CQUK. His day job working as a software engineer in the Defence sector, ensures a high standard of reliability and integrity in this role.

Richard Craig - Treasurer
Blurb coming soon!

John Sargeant - Secretary
Blurb coming soon!

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