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Press Release 2010

Camp Quest Ireland 2010

The Humanist Association of Ireland launches a secular summer camp for 7-17 year olds.

Camp Quest is being launched in Ireland this weekend in the Teachers’ club Dublin. Camp Quest first started in response to a non-religious boy not being allowed to attend a boy scouts camp in Ohio in 1996. The idea has grown and there are now several camps in America, one in Canada and two this year in the UK. Ireland is the most recent addition to the camp quest family.

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.

The camp’s programmes and 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.

Please see, Our Website or call 0872995484 for further details.

Rita Harrold
Director of Camp Quest Ireland
087 299 5484