Space is still available at Camp Quest NorthWest – June 2018

Camp Quest NorthWest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends, and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values. Register now for our June camp session, June 17-23, 2018. Visit our registration page for more information and details, or head straight to Active to register for camp or apply for financial aid.

We recently held our annual Planning Retreat at Camp Kirby, where 22 of our dedicated volunteers spent the weekend developing programming based on our exciting Flying Spaghetti Western camp theme. Here is just a taste of what we have in store for this year’s camp session.

    • Our intrepid campers will embark along The Camp Quest Trail, inspired by the classic Oregon Trail video game. Their pioneering journey will be complete with a stop at the general store, broken wagon wheels, and the looming threat of dysentery.
    • Regular visits from our resident Snake Oil Salesman to test the campers skepticism and critical thinking skills.
    • Campers will learn how early pioneers brought color to their world by trying out some methods of natural Cloth Dyeing.
    • We will discover the origins of photography by building replicas of early Pinhole Cameras.
    • Campers will have the opportunity to create and dress their own loveable Flying Spaghetti Monster Yarn Dolls.
    • Campers between the ages of 15-17 will participate in our Leadership Track (LT) Program, with programs designed to foster leadership, engagement and independence. LT campers pitching in with certain camp responsibilities such as administering hand-sanitizer at meal times and raising and lowering the camp flag, while also enjoying some additional freedoms to choose their preferred outdoor activities and helping to influence and develop the LT program itself.

We look forward to our June camp session which will feature an extra hour of daylight each day and actual green grass in the playfields. We also expect beautiful weather at the idyllic Camp Kirby and a smaller, more intimate camp session.

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2018 Camper Registration Now Open!

Register now for Camp Quest NorthWest 2018!

The financial aid application is also available at this time. Families seeking financial aid are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as we take the timestamp of your financial aid application into account in determining waitlist order.

Camp Dates

Please check your school’s schedule in advance and plan for snow days before choosing a camp session to register for. Consider registering for June if your camper’s school calendar allows so that other campers can register for August.

  • Week 1: June 17-23, 2018 (staff: June 16-24, 2018), Camp Kirby
  • Week 2: August 12-18, 2018 (staff: August 11-19, 2018), Camp Kirby
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CQNW 2018 Registration Details

Howdy, Folks!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Camp Quest NorthWest in 2018, where our theme will be Flying Spaghetti Western. Our Programming Committee is already hard at work planning new and exciting activities for this summer’s camp sessions. We hope that you can join us, so here is the essential information that you’ll need for both volunteer and camper registration.

Camp Dates

  • Week 1: June 17-23, 2018 (staff: June 16-24, 2018), Camp Kirby
  • Week 2: August 12-18, 2018 (staff: August 11-19, 2018), Camp Kirby

Volunteer Registration is Open Now!

  • You can find the volunteer registration page here. If you need more information about how to register as a volunteer, you can find that here.
  • Our Planning Retreat is tentatively scheduled for March 23-25, 2018, at Camp Kirby. For the first time this year you can reserve your spot at the Planning Retreat through Active using the same registration link above.
  • Visit this page to find more information about Staff Grants.  To apply for a grant, please complete the supplemental form after completing your volunteer application.

Camper Registration Will Open January 6, 2018 at 12:01 a.m.

  • Additional details are available on our registration page here. Bookmark that page to find the link to registration as soon as it is activated.
  • The financial aid application will also become available at this time. Families seeking financial aid are encouraged to apply as we take the timestamp of your financial aid application into account in determining waitlist order.
  • Camp tuition will be $700 per camper. This is an increase over last year due to increased costs and planning for a smaller June camp session, but it is less of an increase than we had previously planned and announced.
  • Please check your school schedule in advance and plan for snow days before choosing a camp session to register for. Consider registering for June if your camper’s school calendar allows so that other campers can register for August.
  • Be aware that we have traditionally filled up the August sessions within a few hours of opening registration. Please plan accordingly!
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Announcing 2018 CQNW Camp Session Dates

CQNW will return to Camp Kirby for two weeks of camp in 2018.

The CQNW Board of Directors is happy to officially announce the camp session dates for the 2018 year. CQNW will again be hosting two weeks of camp at Camp Kirby on Samish Island, WA.

  • Week 1: June 17, 2018 – June 23, 2018 (staff: June 16, 2018 – June 24, 2018)
  • Week 2: August 12, 2018 – August 18, 2018 (staff: August 11, 2018 – August 19, 2018)

Mark your calendars! Please remember to check these dates against your camper’s school calendar as there may be some overlap. Also, consider the effect that snow days may have.

Additional details will be forthcoming, including registration dates and tuition pricing. We’ll make another announcement once we have that information finalized.

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Creating a Welcoming Camp for Transgender and Non-binary People

The following post is a statement by the Camp Quest NorthWest Board of Directors.

Well, 2017’s camp season has come to an end. This summer, the “CQNW Department of Skepticism” trained up over 115 new Special Agents with an emphasis on critical thinking, skepticism, and friendship. This was the second year where the theme of camp was woven into daily activities, and was the first year where we had a week long “story arc” with clues, double-crosses, and mysterious characters galore. The campers were engaged in figuring out what was fact, what was fiction, and what was the true motive behind mysterious sightings of our beloved arboreal cephalopod.

There was another first this past season, and that was the introduction of gender neutral cabins and bathrooms. This was borne from the board’s decision to better serve campers and staff who identify as transgender and non-binary. This issue is particularly important to us at a time where states are considering enacting legislation regarding the use of public restrooms, and the rights of transgender people in general have become a leading topic of national conversation.

We started this practice because we felt it was the right thing to do. This is not a change that affected every cabin or camper. Parents were able to opt their children in, declare no preference, or opt their children out.

After a lot of preparation and discussion we were happy to find that implementing this practice went incredibly smoothly. There were no major issues. From watching our campers interact with each other it was pretty clear that they are exceptionally mature and compassionate. Campers were involved in setting the ground rules for each individual cabin. They respected each other’s boundaries, and modeled a level of grace and maturity that was very inspiring to witness.

As far as bathrooms go, our host camp is set up such that there are two bathroom buildings. One had very poor gender separation to begin with, so it became the gender neutral bathroom. Anyone was free to use it. The remaining building had very good separation, and campers were free to use it according to their gender identity. Nobody was pressured regarding their choice of which bathroom to use.

We also made efforts to acknowledge campers’ choices with regard to their preferred names and pronouns. Our staff does their best to do this because it is important to us that campers are allowed the dignity of being identified in the manner they are most comfortable with.

We’re very happy with the implementation of this practice, and we’re looking forward to continuing it in the future. We expect this will be expanded and formalized in the future, and we’ll continue to look for new ways that we can be inclusive and welcoming to all campers.

The Camp Quest NorthWest Board of Directors

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