Frequently Asked Questions

What is Camp Quest?

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.


Do you have to be an atheist to attend?

Not at all, we welcome all children, including those who come from religious backgrounds. We fully expect that a lot of children simply don’t quite know what they believe just yet (just like many adults!), and we encourage open debate. Our aim is not to get the children to call themselves an “atheist” by the end of camp - rather, we see the camp as part of the children’s ongoing education.

We try to encourage the children to explore for themselves what they believe, rather than telling them what is true, or what they should label themselves as.

Both the parents and the children wishing to attend camp should understand that the ethos of Camp Quest is to discuss and question ideas. Our aim is to inspire children to leave with questions and a keen interest in finding the answers.


When will camp be held this year?

The 31st of July and 1st of August.

What age children can attend camp quest?

7-17 year old children. 15-17 year old campers will be leaders in training and have some basic responsibility over the younger campers to help them prepare to be leaders in the next camps.


Where will camp be held this year?

Camp Quest Ireland will take place in The Teacher's Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1. 


Are there other Camp Quests?

Yes, there are many camps in the United States, Canada and the UK.




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Who runs Camp Quest?

Camp Quest Ireland is a project of the Humanist Association of Ireland and affiliated to Camp Quest. To see a list of our dedicated volunteers please see our staff page.