Important Information for Parents/Guardians

Camp Quest of Minnesota 2014 is fast approaching and we want you to have the information you need right in front of you.

Check-In and Check-Out Dates and Times

Week 1

Check-In: Sunday, July 20th, 2014 from 2:00-4:00pm.

Check-Out: Saturday, July 26th, 2014. Arrive starting at 10:30am. Parent program from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Week 2

Check-In: Sunday, July 27th, 2014 from 2:00-4:00pm.

Check-Out: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014. Arrive starting at 10:30am. Parent program from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Parent and Guardian Meet-Up After Check-In

Week 1

July 20th from 3:00-5:00pm at Lord Fletcher's.

Week 2

July 27th from 3:00-5:00pm at Lord Fletcher's.


After dropping off your campers at Camp Quest, join us at Lord Fletcher's on Lake Minnetonka, just a few miles from the camp. We will provide light appetizers, and you can purchase beverages and a meal if you choose. Maps will be available at check-in. This is a rare opportunity to connect while the kids get to know each during their great week at camp.

Please look for a invitation via email and RSVP so we can coordinate reservations.

 

Packing List Essentials

 

There is a full packing list located here, but please do not forget the following very important items:

 

  • water bottle (unless you plan to purchase a Camp Quest water bottle for $10 during check-in)

  • close-toed shoes (for the field trip, Buckthorn, and hikes)

  • long pants (for Buckthorn removal volunteer project)

  • current medications, along with doses and times of day, for the camp nurse during check-in

 

Please keep these policies in mind when helping your camper pack:

 

  • There are no cell phones allowed at camp. If a camper brings a cell phone, we will send it home with a parent or guardian. If we find a camper using a cell phone, we will hold the cell phone until the end of camp. No exceptions.

  • Music players (not cell phones that play music), cameras (not cell phones that are cameras), books, and board games may be brought to camp to use during free time.

 

Waiver Form

 

If you will not be present during check-in because your camper is being dropped off by someone else or driving themselves to camp, please electronically return a signed waiver form for Second Harvest. If a parent or guardian will be present during check-in, the waiver form will be signed then and does not need to be sent ahead of time.

Contacting the Camp Director

Email (nicole.m.infinity@gmail.com) is the preferred way to reach Nicole Infinity during camp. She will check her email every morning and evening while at camp.  You may also contact the VEC desk (952-472-4581) and ask them to get a message to me if you have an urgent concern.  We we also update Facebook throughout camp to keep folks up to date about camp happenings.

Sending Your Camper Letters During Camp


Camper Name
C/O Camp Quest
Voyager Environmental Center
7000 County Road 15
Mound, MN 55364

 

Getting to Camp

 

Google Map to Voyageur Environmental Center

 

From Minneapolis:
I-394 west (Hwy. 12) Exit on County Road 15 west. Follow County Road 15 west as it winds around Lake Minnetonka (approx. 8 miles.) Follow County Road 15 west through Mound. We are located 1.5 miles west of Mound and VEC's entrance is on the right.

From South Metro:
494 North to Highway 7 West. Follow Highway 7(approx. 10 miles.) Take a right onto County Road 44. Follow County Road 44 (approx. 2.5 miles.) Continue on Westedge Blvd until you reach the stop sign. Take a left onto County Road 15, which is also Lynwood Ave. VEC is located approximately one mile west on the right hand side.

Ink Cartridge and Cell Phone Recycling – Fundraising Help

Please bring any used ink cartridges and old cell phones (even broken ones) to camp. We will send them in for recycling and you will be helping us raise funds in the process.

Welcome

Camp Quest is specifically designed for children of Unitarians, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, humanists, and other like-minded folks. 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 Humanist Principles

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.

Camp Quest Dates

Camp Quest will host two identical sessions on July 20 to July 26 and July 27 to August 2.

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History

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.