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Camp Quest is the first residential summer camp in the United States for the children of Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever other terms might be applied to those who hold to a naturalistic, not supernatural world view.
The purpose of Camp Quest is to provide children of freethinking parents a residential summer camp dedicated to improving the human condition through rational inquiry, critical and creative thinking, scientific method, self-respect, ethics, competency, democracy, free speech, and the separation of religion and government guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.
Currently Camp Quest, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) educational non-profit, operates the Ohio Camp Quest and works to coordinate with and support the other independently governed Camp Quest programs.
"Camp Quest is honored to have been selected by Foundation Beyond Belief's membership as an encore beneficiary!" said CQ executive director Amanda Metskas. "Last year we used the $2,470 that Foundation Beyond Belief members donated to provide a camp starting grant to Camp Quest Chesapeake, which is having its first session this summer and has more than 35 campers registered. This year we plan to support another new camp, Camp Quest South Carolina, with money raised by the Foundation. Camp Quest South Carolina is offering a family weekend this fall as a kickoff event, and is preparing for their first week-long sleepaway camp in summer 2012. If Foundation Beyond Belief members donate more to Camp Quest than the $2,500 we provide for one camp starting grant, we'll use it for camp starting grants for other new Camp Quests that are getting organized. Thank you to the Foundation and all of the members for your support last year and this year. It makes a huge difference!"
What's an FBB ENCORE?
Each year, beneficiaries drawing the highest level of member support and enthusiasm are featured again the following year as Encores. There is no limit to the number of years an organization may receive an "Encore" from the Foundation. After receiving unanimously strong support from FBB members, Camp Quest returns this year as one of three Encore beneficiaries from 2010.