FBB Donations Help Camp Quest Launch Two New Camps
Third-quarter children’s beneficiary Camp Quest gave us this report about how they are using the funds contributed by members of Foundation Beyond Belief. Members donated $3,325 to Camp Quest last quarter.
Camp Quest was honored to be selected as a Foundation Beyond Belief beneficiary for a second year. Like last year, we are using the Foundation’s support to launch new camps. It takes about $5,000 in seed money to start a new camp. Camp Quest gives out grants of $2,500, which gets our volunteer camp organizers halfway there, and they match that amount by raising the rest from local supporters. In 2010, Camp Quest used the $2,470 raised by Foundation Beyond Belief toward a camp-starting grant for Camp Quest Chesapeake, which had a very successful first camp session in 2011 with 35 campers.
This year, of the $3,325 raised by Foundation Beyond Belief, we are using $2,500 to fully fund a camp-starting grant for Camp Quest South Carolina. Camp Quest South Carolina held a very successful family weekend October 1-2, which was attended by more than 120 people. They are preparing to hold their first week-long sleep-away camp session in summer 2012, and the $2,500 camp-starting grant will make a big difference.
But that’s not all! We are putting the remaining $825 raised by Foundation Beyond Belief toward another camp-starting grant. We are very excited to announce that Camp Quest is coming to Washington State. Camp Quest NorthWest will be holding their first session August 15-21, 2012. Support from Foundation Beyond Belief will provide one-third of their camp starting grant.
Foundation Beyond Belief’s support over these last two years is making a huge difference for Camp Quest. We want to thank all of the members of the Foundation for their generosity. It means a lot to us to see a community of atheists, humanists, and other freethinkers coming together to support Camp Quest and so many other worthy organizations. Thank you Foundation Beyond Belief!
Amanda K. Metskas Executive Director, Camp Quest, Inc.