Help us as we build a strong secular community of critically thinking, well-rounded young people!
Camp Quest is an overnight secular summer camp aimed
towards critical thinking, skepticism, and open discussion. While campers
partake in traditional camp activities, such as field games, swimming, archery,
crafts, and campfires, what sets Camp Quest apart from traditional summer camps
is our focus on humanist values and ethics. Our unique programming encourages
rational inquiry, free speech, active citizenship, and respect. Our campers are girls and boys ages 8-17, and we offer a Counselor-in-Training Program for 16 and 17 year-olds. All camp counselors are trained volunteers. Camp Quest is held during the last half of July at facilities west of the Twin Cities and in early August in Iowa near Des Moines.
A full price registration for camp in 2019 was $649, and while this is an increase for us from last year it is still about 20% under what other residential camps charge for a week-long stay. This fee is actually less than what it costs us to have a camper in our program, and we rely on our donors to help make up the difference. But even with our below-market rate there are many families that want to give their child the transformative Camp Quest experience yet still cannot afford the entire fee. This past summer we awarded over $10,000 in financial aid to families in need, which supported more than 25 campers across both of our sessions. Many families are able to pay some portion, but some cannot and we are proud to say we have never turned any potential camper away due to inability to pay. Please help support our reality-based, confidence-building, and environmentally conscious camp program with a donation today!
Camp Quest fulfills its mission by following these principles:
Camp Quest Humanist Principles
-We ask questions and are open-minded, critical thinkers.
-We help others and practice service within our communities.
-We use a secular basis as a starting point in conversing and connecting with others.
-We negotiate and seek compromise to solve conflicts.
-We are committed to scientific discovery and technology as contributions to the betterment of human life.
-We aim to be honest, responsible, compassionate, and empathetic.
-We are committed to the arts as a form of human expression.
-We strive to protect and sustain the earth, its resources, and other species.
-We use reason and science to seek natural explanations to events in the universe and to solve problems.
-We hold to the principle of the separation of church and state.
-We recognize human rights, justice, fairness, and diversity as essential elements of society.
-We strive to experience life and develop as individuals.
-We work to learn both from and about personal and world histories.