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!
We have had 2 spots for boys open up! If you would like to register a boy (or two!), you can do so using the link below. Please note that our regular registration page says registration is closed, but you can click here to register your child. Once you register using this link, we will send you further instructions.
Check out our most recent newsletter CQSC NewsQuest 2013 Vol I, which contains the recommended packing list, reflections of a CQSC 2012 camper, and “Ask Ryan,” a special new column where campers can send in questions to be answered by another camper!
We have good news and bad news. The good news is that we exceed our goal and sold out in our second year! The bad news is we sold out and can’t accept any more awesome campers. If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please email your child’s name, birthday, and gender along with your contact information (address, phone number, and email address) to SouthCarolina@campquest.org.
We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2013 summer session is now OPEN!! Please click here to register!