What is Camp Quest?
Camp Quest is a place for fun, friends, and freethought for kids ages 8-17. Our camps provide a traditional sleepaway summer camp experience with a wide range of activities including sports, crafts, games, swimming, and campfires. In addition to our traditional summer camp activities, Camp Quest offers educational activities focused on critical thinking, ethics, scientific inquiry, philosophy, and comparative religion. Camp Quest is open to all children and teenagers within the accepted age range, but it is particularly geared towards building a community for children from atheist, agnostic, humanist and other freethinking families. Our goal is to provide a place where children can explore their developing worldviews, ask questions, and make friends in an environment that is supportive of critical thinking and skepticism.
Are campers at Camp Quest required to be Atheists?
No. Campers at Camp Quest are encouraged to think for themselves and are not required to hold any particular view. We firmly believe that children should not be labeled with worldview labels by adults, and instead should be encouraged to ask questions and explore different worldviews as they grow. We do present atheism and humanism as valid and reasonable options for an ethical and fulfilling life.
Would a child who believes in God be comfortable at Camp Quest?
Yes. Campers at Camp Quest explore different worldviews, and many children have not yet formed their beliefs on the existence of God. Campers who believe in God may get a lot of interested questions from their fellow campers, but the camp environment fosters asking these questions in a spirit of dialogue and mutual respect. Campers who have expressed belief in God have had fun, made friends, and had a great Camp Quest experience.
How much does Camp Quest cost?
Camp Quest Colorado offers tiered pricing options of $550, $650, $750, and $850. No matter which tier you choose, your camper will have the exact same experience, and involvement in all the same activities. We do this to give families the opportunity to partially fund a different camper's tuition. Camp, on average, costs around $700 a camper. We only ask that you pay what you are willing!
Is financial aid available?
We never want financial concerns to prevent a child from attending Camp Quest. The Edwin & Helen Kagin Memorial Campership Fund provides camperships to support attendance at camp. If the cost of camp is holding you back from registering, please apply for financial aid by contacting the camp you would like your child to attend. Camperships may support free or reduced registration.
How big is Camp Quest Colorado?
We have averaged 34 campers the last two years and are planning on growing each year! We will be recruiting 15 volunteers this year to make camp awesome again, so our camper:counselor ratio will be better than 3:1.
Who are the volunteers?
Camp Quest camps all use volunteers as cabin counselors and program leaders. Our volunteer counselors are all at least 18 years of age or older. Because our counselors are making a week-long volunteer commitment, rather than committing to be on camp staff all summer, we are able to attract a very dedicated and experienced pool of counselors from a wide range of fields. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and have included teachers, doctors, engineers, nonprofit activists, and graduate students. We also have several college-aged counselors, one of whom is a former camper.
Do you do background checks on your volunteers?
Yes. We conduct criminal background checks on all counselors and staff at camp.