One month after Camp: We had a BLAST!

In August 2014, 39 adult volunteers hosted 96 campers in Camp Quest NorthWest’s third summer session!  Our theme “Blast off!” helped our community envision traveling to distant worlds, build flight-worthy capsules and rockets, and ponder extraterrestrial encounters.

Our new campers and volunteers were welcomed into the Camp Quest Family, coming as far away as New York and South Korea! Founding CQNW volunteers Jami and John finally got to spend the week as cabin counselors, and counselor Jesse wins the distinction of Most Quested, having volunteered at EIGHT camp sessions around the US, included Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado, and now NorthWest. Counselor Liz tied returning camper Bagel for Second Most Quested, having attended seven sessions around the west coast.

Other highlights:

  • A camp-wide scavenger hunt helped introduce campers to famous freethinkers throughout history
  • Talented musicians serenaded us with fiddles, trumpets, ukeleles, pianos, and more!
  • Climbers summited our tower–and their personal fears!
  • Green, blue, and pink flames in our campfire helped us explore the concepts of electrons and elements.
  • We were overcome with ALIEN SLIME!!
  • The “prophet” of Architeuthis challenged us to examine logical fallacies.
  • Smiley Fries.

One month after camp, CQNW Board members and volunteers are already hard at work planning for next year.  Stay connected through our volunteers email list, our Facebook page (where photos are posted throughout the year), the parents discussion group, and our Meetup group, and stay tuned throughout the year for exciting developments!


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Less than one month till camp!

Camp Quest Families: get ready for a fantastic week in August!  Have you and your child looked at what it takes to prepare for camp?  Our registrar  is hard at work making sure all our camper info is on file, and she’ll be sending out info packets in the next week.  Did you also know about our parents’ discussion group?  Some families have already arranged carpools or pre-camp play dates. If you’re a first-time camper, our director Chuck has some wonderful resources.

IMG_7880Our staffing is complete, with counselors and specialists journeying up coasts, through mountains, and even across an ocean to spend a week volunteering!  We’re all busy behind the scenes working on programming, bunk arrangements, supplies, and making sure preparations are in place for our amazing campers. All staff, returning and new, are investing their own time prior to camp to watch important training videos that will ensure all of us have a safe and rockinsummer!  In addition to expanding up to nearly 100 campers, we’ve also added some specialized programming for our older teens who will be part of our Leadership Track, and all campers will have the chance to experience favorites like climbing, Socrates cafe, archery, and marine biology.

See everyone on August 10!

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CQNW Staff Plan 2014

The chilly weather didn’t stop 25 freethinking grownups from spending a weekend on Samish Island developing a fantastic 2014 camp program!

Returning staff welcomed new faces as we cooked, moved furniture, collaborated on programming, tended fire, sang and yelled, probed deep questions, generated and questioned ideas, and shared knowledge, vision, meals, and camaraderie. We came from all directions to work towards our shared goal: a summer of friends, freethought, and fun!

Those who couldn’t join us in person were missed, but the great minds behind CQNW are still busy sharing contributions and enthusiasm in our lead-up to a fantastic summer session.

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2014 Staff Applications Now Available!

science danCamp Quest NorthWest experienced a 100% growth in campers between our first and second years.  This summer, we’ll again be needing the help of energetic, caring, responsible, patient, creative, risk-taker adults to create another stellar staff team!

Many veteran Camp Quest NorthWest staff report their week volunteering at camp to be one of the most unique and rewarding experiences in a long time.  College students interested in working with children, and adults who have experience working with children, are especially encouraged to apply.  The truth is that program instructors and bunk counselors alike hail from a myriad of personal and professional backgrounds and areas of expertise, including but not limited to: art, communications, education, engineering, mathematics, media production, medicine, music performance, psychology, science, and smikecholarly research.

Want to know what a typical day is like?  Check it out!  Get your application in early and join us at the March planning retreat!

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CQNW’s Second Summer a Success!

Campers brainstorm egg craft construction

Camp Quest Northwest held its second camp session this August to great success! Sixty five campers and around 30 staff members participated in our second week-long overnight session August 11-17.

A rainy afternoon didn’t even dissuade campers from capture the flag or splashing in Bellingham Bay!

Repeat activities from last year included an all-camp egg drop challenge, hominid skulls, and Socrates cafe.  New to campers this year were fire building, owl pellet dissection, and marine biology.   Campers shot arrows at the archery range, recorded radio interviews, performed creative skits, and worked to unravel psychic predictions.  Bumps and bruises were treated by our expert medical staff (Tang and gummy bears didn’t hurt!).  We explored mechanisms of evolution through our daily natural selection game, and participated in traditional campfire singalongs.

Counselor Dan teaches about ulva algae

Keep an eye out for photos on the Camp Quest Northwest Facebook feed, and don’t forget to join our CQNW Volunteers Meetup group to keep abreast of announcements and events.  Counselors and leadership staff are already planning for next summer!  Many thanks goes out to these fine folks, our inspiring campers, and wonderful parents.  See you back on Samish Island in 2014!

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