Hello, Friends! It's been way too long since I posted, but I have a good excuse. I had to make sure I got my girls registered for Camp Quest before writing about it. I know it was selfish, and I'm sorry about that; but it's just testimony as to how much we love Camp Quest!
The first time I heard about Camp Quest was on Seth Andrew's The Thinking Atheist podcast. In "The Superstition Summer Camp Solution" (episode #293), Seth describes Camp Quest as "a secular summer camp which is providing a welcoming, woo-free alternative to the church-run (and church-funded) religious camps that sell camp...but deliver church." Needless to say, I was intrigued. However, what really sold me on it was an article by Christian apologist Natasha Crain, author of her Christian Parenting Blog: Christian Mom Thoughts. A quick Google search on Camp Quest led me to her post titled "Atheist Vs. Christian Summer Camp: Which More Effectively Taught Their Worldview This Summer?" Legitimately concerned about the growing number of young people leaving the church, Natasha perused the websites of 100 Christian summer camps to determine which ones if any were teaching apologetics to their campers. In comparison, she examined Camp Quest's educational goals. She came to this determination:
"In other words, they do activities that aggressively teach their kids their worldview in the context of others." Yep, I'm okay with that.
Further, she notes that "Camp Quest and all self-identified 'free thinkers' ironically believe that freethought inevitably results in the same atheistic/agnostic conclusions." Agreed! Although I wouldn't call it ironic. The only freethought in Christianity pertains to the millions of Biblical interpretations made by Christians who are free to think that their particular Biblical opinion is, in fact, the correct one.
Lastly, she mentions the "Invisible Unicorn Challenge." You know where this is going, right? In her words, "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that these kids are supposed to see that the idea of god is just like these invisible unicorns." I couldn't have said it better myself. Where do I sign up? I mean, where do I sign my kids up? Truly, had I been given the opportunity to attend something like Camp Quest as a child, I might have actually developed my critical thinking skills slightly earlier than the ripe age of 40. Thankfully, I can give such a gift to my children.
Speaking of children, here's what my girls thought about their first overnight summer camp experience with Camp Quest. My apologies for failing to ask my oldest daughter if there were any experiences that she did not enjoy. Fortunately, she said no when I asked her later.
I cannot recommend Camp Quest highly enough. I only wish that they had multiple locations in each state to offer a counterbalance to the excessive number of Christian summer camps currently flooding the market. Our experience was so overwhelmingly positive that I had to share it with you. For a more detailed description, please check out their website at https://www.campquest.org/ .