We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2015 summer session is now OPEN!! Please click here to register!
We are excited to introduce our 2014 camp shirt! This year we are going super hero! At Camp Quest, we believe that each of us has the power within ourselves to make a difference. Who needs supernatural abilities when you have super natural abilities?! And when you use them to make the world a better place, you are a hero! Maya Angelou said it quite well when she said “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”
Our super power is our ability to make a difference. How will you use yours?
You don’t need to be a camper to be a Super Camp Quester! These shirts look great on little siblings, big siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, even grandparents!
We are placing our order with the t-shirt company on Friday, 7/11, so if you’d like to order one, please do so by 8am on Friday, 7/11. You can either pick them up at camp or we wil mail it to you after the week of camp. We are trying to limit the extra shirts we buy for sale at camp, so please pre-purchase one if you want one. And we know you do!
Please choose “To be delivered” or “To pick up in person” below. You may also email us at SouthCarolina@CampQuest.org or paypal the total amount to CQSouthCarolina@gmail.com.
We are sad to report that Edwin Kagin died this past Thursday. Edwin, along with his late wife Helen and several other people, founded the first Camp Quest in northern Kentucky in 1996. Since then, he and Helen continued to be a powerful source of inspiration for Camp Quest, touching the lives of hundreds of campers and adults along the way. You may not know him, but he’s touched your life, too. The very act of your reading this post and everything else from Camp Quest South Carolina is a part of the legacy that he created and through which he will continue to live.
I (Amy Monsky) first met Edwin when I volunteered in 2010 at Camp Quest Ohio to find out what this Camp Quest thing was all about and if I wanted to start one here in the Carolinas. Edwin was supportive of me and called me Ms. Carolina, which caused me to envision myself with a tiara and ribbon with “Ms. Carolina” draped across my chest as if I were in a Camp Quest pageant, and I giggled at the thought. I didn’t meet Edwin again after that first summer, but the image I will always carry in my head is that of him telling the kids “It is okay to be an atheist” while 2 other staff members held up a banner with the same words at one of the camp fires.
I am grateful for the path that he paved for my own children and those of countless others. Our lives are better because of Edwin. We will do our best to make Camp Quest South Carolina worthy of his vision and efforts.
Check out our most recent newsletter CQSC News Quest 2014 Vol I! It has the lowdown on registering for both the summer and family weekend camps. No kids? No problem! We need adult volunteers to be cabin counselors and program leaders, and we also rely on generous donations of camp supporters. The newsletter has information on how you can donate as well as apply to be on staff as well.
Camp Quest South Carolina’s family weekend camp is next month! It will be April 18-20, 2014 at Stone Mountain Park, just outside Atlanta, Georgia. The registration deadline is April 1, so register now for a weekend of fun, friends, freethought, and family!
(Canton, NC – 2/18/2014) Camp Quest South Carolina (CQSC) which serves the North and South Carolina and Georgia areas, offers Pisgah High School student Kalei Wilson a full campership for her brave work, insisting on her right to start a Secular Student Alliance in the face of school officials refusing to allow it.
Camp Quest South Carolina, one of the network of secular camps across the country with the mission of, “Fun, Friends and Freethought,” offered a full camp scholarship, called a “campership,” to Kalei Wilson this week. Kalei and her brother, Ben, tried to start a Secular Student Alliance club at Pisgah High School, but were denied by school officials. That denial was a violation of the Equal Access Act, which requires all schools receiving federal funds to refrain from discriminating against student groups on the basis of their religious, philosophical or political beliefs. It also requires schools to appoint a sponsor if none volunteer. Kalei, with the help of the Secular Student Alliance and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, persevered, and after many letters and threat of lawsuit, she will now be able to start her club and even has teachers offering to sponsor it.
“We are very excited to offer the Ambassador Campership to Kalei,” said Geri Weaver, Chair of the Board of Directors for CQSC. “Her pursuit of social justice in the face of adversity took tremendous courage. We are proud to recognize Kalei for her actions as an ambassador for the secular community.”
Camp Quest South Carolina will participate in the College of Charleston’s Piccolo Darwin Week, which is also part of the 2014 STEM Festival. We’ll have a table set up at the kick-off event this Saturday, February 8, from 10am to 3pm at Liberty Square in downtown Charleston.
Evolution of the Universe…in a Necklace – A bead for the galaxies, a bead for our solar system, a bead for life, and a bead for us ourselves! Participants will be able to easily recount the story of life after making a beautiful necklace of beads highlighting the major evolutionary events. There will be a retelling of the origin of the universe from the big bang to you. (2013 campers will recognize this from a a similar necklace we made at camp this past summer.)
We are very excited to participate in this first-ever celebration of evolutionary science for children and youth! If you’re in Charleston, please stop by! We’ll be in the College of Charleston tent.
Registration is open for our 2014 Family Weekend Camp. It will be April 18-20, 2014 at Stone Mountain Park, just outside Atlanta, Georgia. Register now for a weekend of fun, friends, freethought, and family!
We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2014 summer session is now OPEN!! Please click here to register!
Meet our summer camp counselors in the newest newseltter and check out our Ask Ryan colum which features words of wisdom from a veteran CQSC camper and junior activist!