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Camp Quest is a secular summer camp programme for children aged 7-17, dedicated to improving the human condition through rational inquiry, critical and creative thinking, the scientific method, self-respect, ethics, competency, democracy and free speech. The overall purpose is to provide interested children, regardless of their personal beliefs, with a summer camp free from religious dogma. The camp is dedicated to the advancement of tolerance, empathy, self-respect, self-expression, rationality, critical and creative thinking, cooperation, and ethics.

Founded in Ohio in 1996, Camp Quest has now grown to include affiliated camps in over 10 locations worldwide. There are camps in the United States, Canada, the UK and now Ireland. See http://www.camp-quest.org/ for details of other camps.

Camp Quest is the first residential summer camp in the history of the United States for the children of Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever other terms might be applied to those who hold to a naturalistic, not supernatural world view.

The purpose of Camp Quest is to provide children of freethinking parents a residential summer camp dedicated to improving the human condition through rational inquiry, critical and creative thinking, scientific method, self-respect, ethics, competency, democracy, free speech, and the separation of religion and government guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.

Camp Quest was first held in 1996 and until 2002 was operated by the Free Inquiry Group, Inc. (FIG) of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The idea for the project originated with Edwin Kagin and he and his wife Helen served as Camp Directors for the first ten years of the original Camp Quest, retiring at the end of the 2005 camp session.

Currently Camp Quest, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) educational non-profit, operates the Ohio Camp Quest and works to coordinate with and support the other independently governed Camp Quest programs. Camp Quest, Inc. is funded in part through a generous grant from the Institute for Humanist Studies.

Founded in Ohio in 1996 affiliated camps have now sprung up in over 10 locations worldwide. There are camps in the United States, Canada, the UK and now Ireland. See http://www.camp-quest.org/ for details of other camps.


The camp’s activities introduce campers to the history and ideas of freethought. Campers also learn about science, the scientific method, critical thinking, and world religions. Campers are taught that ethical behaviour is not dependent on religious belief and doctrines, and that non-religious people are also good and fully capable of living a happy and meaningful life.

The camp’s programmes and activities also include what is usual for summer camps: crafts, drama, games, sports, singing etc.

This year Camp Quest Ireland will be a weekend day camp in the Teachers' Club in Dublin. Any interested children are welcome with older (16 & 17 year olds) campers able to take part as councillors in training with some limited responsibility over the younger campers. While there will not be a residential camp as part of our programme this year we hope that thiss will be possible next summer(2011.)