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.
Our 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 rockin‘ summer! 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!
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.
Camp 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 scholarly 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!
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!
Many of last year’s staff will return!
School’s been out for a few weeks, but the Camp Quest Northwest Board and Staff are hard at work! Our registrar Kathy is steadfastly keeping up with parents, Brian is busy designing graphics and Tshirts, Lou’s been interviewing our final counselor applicants, and Nick’s already prepping the DJ set for the dance! Returning campers will pleased to see the majority of 2012 campers and staff come back this August. We are also excited to welcome twice as many campers and new counselors this summer from all over the west including Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia! Some of our youngest campers will enjoy having a CiT (counselor in training) in their cabin and helping with activities.
Get ready for more engineering challenges!
Additions to our program this year include guest camp fire leaders, outdoor survival skills, and marine biology. Of course we’ll have familiar activities like rope craft, archery, engineering challenges, and socrates cafe. Broom ball, anyone? Get ready for an awesome CQNW 2013 session!