April 2015 Volunteer Update


Camp Quest NorthWest volunteers explore the Oregon 4-H Center during the 2015 Planning Retreat.

Hello! Yes, it’s April First, also known as “April Fools Don’t-Believe-Anything-You-Read-On-The-Internet Day.” No, this isn’t an April Fools joke. Please continue reading this update with full confidence that you aren’t being had. All kidding aside, we’re excited to bring you updates about camp planning and more information about how to get involved.

Program Planning

Twenty-three Camp Quest NorthWest volunteers met last month at the Oregon 4-H Center to plan this summer’s camp sessions in Oregon and Washington. Program ideas centered around the theme of Drawing on the Past with programs incorporating the elements of art and history. Program development is ongoing, so please contact programming@campquestnorthwest.org to get involved. All CQNW volunteers are welcome to join!

Camp Leadership

We are excited to announce that we have filled a few of the key leadership roles at both camps. Brennon C. will be the Camp Director in Oregon with Mike W. as the Assistant Director and Kayla R. as the Program Director. In Washington, Chuck W. will continue as the Camp Director, with Becky F. stepping into the role of Assistant Director and Mike W. as the Program Director.


Situated in the Eola Hills about eight miles outside of Salem, the Oregon 4-H Center provides an idyllic camp location with dense forest canopy, open spaces, fresh water ponds and comfortable facilities.

Staffing Update

We are looking for a certified archery instructor at both camp sessions. If you are registered to volunteer at either camp and you are interested in becoming a certified instructor, or if you know someone who is certified who would be a good fit for camp, please contact me at staffing@campquestnorthwest.org to let us know. Archery is a quintessential camp activity and we hope to be able to continue to offer it this year.

At this time our Oregon camp session is fully staffed based on currently anticipated registration levels. Oregon staff volunteers have been contacted to confirm their acceptance at camp. We’re still on the lookout for one or two counselors to be on standby in case camper registration increases so we continue to welcome applications.

We are still accepting applications for both male and female counselors at our Washington session, with a particular need for a couple more female cabin counselors. Visit our registration page to apply if you haven’t already!

Volunteer Training

Work is underway to coordinate an all staff training day before camp. Exact details have yet to be determined, but we are looking at the possibility of a full or partial day of event in either late May or early June that would be open to volunteers of both camps. We’re hoping to be able to offer Red Cross First Aid and CPR training in addition to camp specific training. Stay tuned for more details.

We’ll also be rolling out Expert Online Training within the next week for registered volunteers. This will be the same format as the online training that was offered last year. Specific information and requirements will be sent out to registered volunteers soon.

Next Meeting

The next CQNW board meeting will be Saturday, April 11th at 11:00 AM at the Round Table Pizza in Burien, WA. All volunteers are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

If you would like to receive these updates via email, please send an email to volunteers+subscribe@campquestnorthwest.org.

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March 2015 Volunteer Update

Hello! Happy Daylight Savings Time! I hope you are all enjoying the extra evening sunshine that we’ve been having at the expense of somewhat darker and more dreary mornings.

The Camp Quest NorthWest Board of Directors has been hard at work planning and organizing both camp sessions this year. Activity has begun to ramp up with the Oregon session just three months away! The Programming Committee has chosen a theme for this year’s camp and has been busy preparing for the planning retreat. The staffing committee has been conducting interviews, welcoming returning volunteers, and has begun the process of allocating staff to both camps. Four of our dedicated volunteers attended the national Camp Quest Leadership Summit in Dallas last month and brought back lots of ideas and enthusiasm for this year’s sessions. It’s time to start getting excited for camp, you guys!

Planning Retreat

Camp Quest NorthWest staff and volunteers will be gathering at the Oregon 4-H Center next weekend for the 2015 CQNW Planning Retreat. Planned activities begin with dinner at 7:00 PM Friday March 20th, but you are welcome to arrive any time in the afternoon. Planning sessions for both camps will be held all day on Saturday with a board meeting scheduled on Sunday to handle any necessary official business. If you’re interested in attending but haven’t registered yet, there is still time. Register now! We can’t wait to see you there!

Drawing on the Past

The theme for both camp sessions as recommended by the programming committee is “Drawing on the Past.” We expect to expand and develop this theme at the retreat, but the general idea is that key camp activities and programming will focus on art and history. This is a broad topic that could include sketching items found in nature, a study of anthropology, or other science and engineering activities from a historical perspective. We have specific ideas for programming related to this theme to be developed at the retreat but we hope that everyone will bring their exciting and original ideas as well!

Staffing Update

Our at camp volunteer staff looks strong this year but we are in specific need of staff to fill a couple of particular camp positions. We are currently in need of female cabin counselors at the Washington session and a nurse at both the Oregon and Washington sessions. We are still accepting applications for all positions at both camps, but at this time it looks like the Oregon session will be very well staffed and the Washington staff is filling up quickly. If you are a new or returning volunteer interested in attending camp then we encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible! Staffing assignments will be announced within the next couple of weeks and we don’t want anyone to be left out!

Registration Update

Camper registration for the Washington camp session is officially full, with new registrations being added to the waitlist. If you missed your chance to register your camper for the Washington session, we encourage you to consider joining us in Oregon. At this time we also have opened up registration for campers registered for the Washington session who would also like to join us in Oregon. Camperships are available, and we encourage families applying for camp scholarships to register for camp and apply for the campership simultaneously.

Leadership Summit

Volunteers Chuck Wolber, Gordon Schryer, Michael Warbington and Paul Mopps traveled to the Camp Quest Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX in February. They attended a variety of talks, roundtable discussions and networking activities that will serve to inform and improve our camp planning in all sorts of ways. CQNW representatives presented the Natural Selection Game activity at the Annual Programs Fair and won the People’s Choice award for an outstanding program! Congratulations!

Next Board Meetings

The next official board meeting will be held at the planning retreat on Sunday March 22nd. The following meeting will be on Saturday April 11th at the Burien Round Table Pizza at 11:00 AM. All volunteers who are interested in helping to plan for camp are welcome!

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February 2015 Volunteer Update

Planning Retreat

The CQNW annual planning retreat will be held March 20-22 at the Oregon 4-H Center in Salem, OR. The event will begin at 5PM Friday and run until 12PM Sunday, with the actual planning activities beginning at 9AM Saturday. The retreat will focus on programming activities and events for both camp sessions. All volunteers who are planning to attend the retreat are asked to complete this brief registration form.

Staff Applications

We are currently accepting applications for at camp volunteer positions. At the time of this writing, there are still open positions at both camps for cabin counselors, programming instructors, and floating staff. If you plan to join us this summer, please complete your application as soon as possible! If you’re undecided or unsure, go ahead and apply now and let us know your situation. Applying early facilitates planning decisions and enables communication among new and returning staff and leadership. Visit registration page and scroll down to the “Staff Applications” section to start the application process.

Camper Registration

Registration for both camp sessions is currently open. As of this writing there is space available for both the CQNW Oregon and CQNW Washington sessions. At this time we’re asking families to register campers for either the Oregon or Washington session. Space permitting, families with campers who would like to attend both sessions will be allowed to register for the second session after March 1st. Visit the registration page for more information and to begin the registration process.

Next Board Meeting

The next CQNW Board Meeting is scheduled for March 11th at 6:30 PM at the Round Table Pizza restaurant in Burien. Camp planning is underway and your input and expertise would be greatly appreciated! We hope to see you there!

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December 2014 Volunteer Update

November Meeting Recap

The Camp Quest NorthWest Board of Directors met on November 22 to discuss Staff Registration, Darwin Day, and the national Camp Quest Leadership Summit. The board also reviewed and adopted a budget for 2015. If you have any questions about the availability of funds please email treasurer@campquestnorthwest.org. If you have requests or suggestions about materials you’d like to have at camp please email quartermaster@campquestnorthwest.org.

Leadership Summit

The Camp Quest Leadership Summit 2015 will be held in Dallas, TX from Friday February 20th to Sunday the 22nd. For more information you can visit the Leadership Summit information page or go here to register. Hotel space is limited and going fast so if you’re interested in attending you should act fast!

Camp Quest NorthWest will be sponsoring travel costs for select volunteers attending the leadership conference. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship for full or partial assistance with travel costs, email board@campquestnorthwest.org with your plans for attending the retreat and how your attendance would help the organization. Requests should be made prior to the December 20th board meeting. You can also apply for a grant from the national organization. More information is available here.

Darwin Day

Seattle Atheists will be hosting their annual Darwin Day event on Saturday February 14th at the 2100 Building in Seattle. CQNW will be on hand to manage the kid’s room which will give interested parents an opportunity to learn a little bit about camp and will give campers and staff a chance to reunite during the year. Get in touch with Chase for more information or if you’d like to volunteer by sending an email to darwinday@campquestnorthwest.org.

Staff Applications

Staff applications for the two 2015 Camp Quest NorthWest sessions are now open. We will have two camp sessions this summer, one in Oregon from June 21-27 and one in Washington from August 9-15. Register now!

Next Meeting

The next board meeting will be held Saturday, December 20th at 11:00 AM and the Round Table Pizza in Burien. (15730 1st Ave S, Burien, WA) We hope to see you there!

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November 2014 Volunteer Update

The Camp Quest NorthWest Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of three new board members. Natalie Koonce, Gordon Schryer and Bridget Lombardo have each been elected to Member At Large positions. They will serve alongside President Chuck Wolber, Vice President Brennon Church, Secretary Jami Blackann, and members at large Lou Amadio, Rebecca Friedman and Mike Warbington.

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From left to right: Natalie Koonce, Gordon Schryer and Bridget Lombardo

The CQNW November board meeting will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at 11:00 AM at the Round Table Pizza in Burien. We will have a full agenda, including discussing the camp leadership structure as it applies to operating two camp sessions, planning for CQNW’s participation in the Camp Quest Leadership Summit in Dallas this February, and reports from each of the five CQNW committees.

Thank you for your continued support of Camp Quest NorthWest! If you would like to receive these updates via email, please subscribe to volunteers@campquestnorthwest.org

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