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Camp Quest Opens for Fourth Year

by Edwin and Helen Kagin


The following article is from the Secular Humanist Bulletin, Volume 15, Number 1.


In 1999, Camp Quest, the first U.S. residential secular humanist summer camp, will open for its fourth year. It is sponsored by the Free Inquiry Group, Inc., (FIG) of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and endorsed and supported by the Council for Secular Humanism. This year's camp will be for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 and for Counselors in Training (CITs) ages 14 to 15. The dates are July 24 to August 1, 1999.

This year's demand is expected to be great, so register early to avoid missing out. There will be swimming, hiking, campfires, fishing, singing, crafts, magic shows, science workshops, and games, all conducted in a manner consistent with secular humanist principles. Campers will hunt for fossils, see stone age artifacts, camp outdoors, take airplane rides, paddle canoes, ride horses, and conduct their own investigation into the question of whether people were created or evolved.

Two invisible unicorns, introduced in the first year's "challenges" to campers, will be at camp (some say), and there will again be a prize-yet unclaimed-for anyone who can prove they aren't there.

The camp takes place again this year at the excellent YMCA Camp Kern, northeast of Cincinnati, in wooded hills that hold Indian burial mounds. The children will stay in clean, air-conditioned, bathroom-equipped cabins with dedicated adult counselors. Food is prepared by a licensed staff.

Fees had to be raised (sorry, couldn't be helped). Cost this year is $495 ($470 for each additional sibling) if paid in full by May 21, 1999. Please send a $100 nonrefundable deposit with your application. After May 21, the total fee is increased to $545 for one child ($520 for each additional sibling).

FIG is a nonprofit organization, and tax-deductible contributions and scholarships will be gratefully accepted. We can get kids to camp from the nearest airports. Our secular staff includes a physician, nurse, certified lifeguards, and artists, scientists, and educators. The camp director is a lawyer and an Eagle Scout. The Boy Scouts won't accept nonbelievers. Camp Quest will.

Contact Camp Quest at P.O. Box 264, Union, KY 41091; 606-384-2324; or e-mail to CampQuest2@aol.com.


Edwin Kagin is Camp Quest's Director and Helen Kagin is Camp Quest's Registrar.


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