Camp Quest is specifically designed for children of atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, humanists, and Unitarians, but everyone is welcome. It is a 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, 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 Minnesota is held during the last half of July at facilities west of the Twin Cities.
Camp Quest fulfills its mission by following these principles and we require parents and campers to agree and adhere to these 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 about and from both personal and world histories.
Camp Quest will host two identical sessions in 2016 from July 17th - 23rd and July 24th - 30th.
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Camp Quest of Minnesota is affiliated with Camp Quest Inc., an affiliation of secular summer camps.
Camp Quest of Minnesota is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Institute for Humanist Studies.