- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: One Week
- Entering Grade: Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: STEM
- Selective: No
- Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
- Minimum Cost: <$500
Camp Quest is designed for children from non-religious families: atheists, humanists, agnostics, freethinkers and others with a naturalistic world view. Sessions are week-long, sleep-away experiences for children aged 8-17. Those between ages 15-17 will be a part of our Counselor in Training program.
We blend world-class science and critical thinking interactive activities with a traditional all-American outdoor camp experience. Two California Locations: Our Northern California session is in the California Sierra foothills near Nevada City and our Southern California session is at California Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood, CA.
It's the scientific method paired with campfires and s'mores. Along the way we build community, letting children know that the secular community has something special to offer the world, role models to emulate, and a Humanist philosophy of respect and empathy.
What Goes On At Camp Quest West?
Outdoor Fun with a Humanist Twist: It’s archery, canoeing, campfires, star-gazing, swimming, mixed with team games, Humanism, science, skepticism, and critical thinking.
Freethought Activities: What is Freethought? Broadly, it means cultivating curiosity, questioning and a certain disdain for just taking the word of authority; demanding evidence and knowing you can make your own observations even if they lead you to disagree. In terms of activities, these can run the gamut from science games to humanist “life skills” activities – but always fun!