Camp Quest envisions a world in which children grow up exploring, thinking for themselves, connecting with their communities, and acting to make the most of life for themselves and others.
Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and free thought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values.
Values we teach: integrity, empathy, creativity, critical thinking, and community.
- December 2011 - Camp Quest Arizona was formed
- Summer 2012 - CQAZ senior staff members acted as staff at Camp Quest West (California) and Camp Quest Texas
- June 2013 - First CQAZ camp session near Prescott, AZ - First camp session was full!
- June 2014 - Second camp session
- June 2015 - Third camp session - 22% of our campers received financial aid.
- July 2016 - Fourth camp session - 17% of our campers received financial aid.
- November 2016 - Camp Quest Arizona achieved American Camp Association accreditation.
Through our programs, we seek to:
- Develop supportive communities for freethinking families
- Foster curiosity, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking in young people to enable them to draw their own conclusions
- Cultivate reason and empathy as foundations of an ethical, productive and fulfilling life
- Provide a safe and fun environment for personal and social growth
- Encourage exploration of the natural world
- Promote open dialogue that is marked by challenging each other’s ideas while treating each other with respect
- Raise awareness of positive contributions made by atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic people to our society
- Demonstrate atheism and humanism as positive, family-friendly worldviews
These principles guide our operations:
- Grassroots innovation – empowering local leaders, exploring new approaches, sharing what works
- Practicality – taking action, creating solutions, providing hands-on support
- Courage – speaking out, challenging ourselves and others, audaciously advancing our mission
- Integrity – standing up, engaging honestly, living our principles
- Cooperation – sharing ideas, working together, cultivating community
- Empiricism – testing ideas, building from evidence, rejecting what doesn’t work
Camp Quest Arizona is a licensed affiliate of Camp Quest, Inc., the first summer camp in the history of the United States aimed at the children of freethinking parents. Our program is based on humanist philosophy and values but is open to families of all worldviews. While individual humanists may hold a range of beliefs, Camp Quest generally affirms the following (adapted from The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles):
- We are committed to the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and to the solving of human problems.
- We are deeply concerned with the moral education of our children. We want to nourish reason and empathy.
- We believe in enjoying life here and now and in developing our creative talents to their fullest.
- We are skeptical of untested claims to knowledge, and we are open to novel ideas and seek new departures in our thinking.
- We cultivate the arts of negotiation and compromise as a means of resolving differences and achieving mutual understanding.
- We are committed to the principle of the separation of church and state.