September 2016 Board Meeting Update

Meeting Minutes

The September 16th CQNW Board meeting minutes have been posted. You can find them here.

Board Elections

The CQNW Board will be holding elections at the meeting on October 15th, 2016. The CQNW board is comprised of nine board seats, seven of which are up for election this year. Current board members Natalie, Bridget, Jami, Mike and Chuck are up for re-election, and three other volunteers have been nominated to fill vacant positions. The board is also considering expanding from nine to eleven seats, which would open up two additional vacant positions. If you are interested in running for a seat on the board, please contact a current board member or email no later than September 30th.

Quilt Auction

Our CQNW 2016 Quilt Auction has concluded and we are happy to announce that we raised $1,150 for camp! We’d like to send a big thank you to all of our winning bidders, and a special thank you to Sharon whose hard work on designing and creating these quilts made this possible.

Next Meeting

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at 5:00 PM at the Round Table Pizza in Burien (15730 1st Ave S, Burien, WA).

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CQNW 2016 Quilt Auction – UPDATE!

There are just a few days left to put in your bids on these awesome quilts to support Camp Quest NorthWest. Send an email to with your bid amount, and be sure to include the quilt number!

The fair market value of these quilts is estimated to be $200 for quilt #1 and $150 for quilts #2-6. Any amount that you bid above that value will be tax deductible.

As of today, the current top bids for these quilts are as follows:

  • Quilt #1 – $200
  • Quilt #2 – $250
  • Quilt #3 – $250
  • Quilt #4 – $250
  • Quilt #5 – no bids yet!
  • Quilt #6 – no bids yet!

All proceeds from these quilts will go towards Camp Quest NorthWest programming, camperships, and other camp expenses. Bidding starts at $200 for quilts 5 & 6, and we are still accepting bids on all quilts until midnight, August 31st.

See below for detailed pictures of all six quilts. Remember to bid, and don’t miss this chance to own a unique piece of Camp Quest history!


Quilt #1 features a unique pattern, including the CQ logo from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 camp t-shirts as well as individual segments painted by campers at our 2015 camp sessions. This quilt measures 38″ square and is valued at $200.


Quilt #2 features outer-space themed squares painted by CQNW campers set against a purple border. This quilt measures 43.5 inches tall by 34 inches wide and is valued at $150.


Quilt #3 features abstract designs painted by Camp Quest campers set against a black and yellow “dragonflies” pattern. This quilt measures 42.5 inches tall by 34 inches wide and is valued at $150.


Quilt #4 includes a mix of space themed and abstract designs painted by CQNW campers and features the 2015 camp t-shirt design as a centerpiece, with a patterned border of black, red and gold swirls. This quilt measures 40 inches tall by 31 inches wide and is valued at $150.


Quilt #5 features space and planetary themed artwork by Camp Quest Campers with a black and yellow patterned border. Can you spot the time machine hidden in this pattern? This quilt measures 39.5 inches tall by 30.5 inches wide and is valued at $150.


Quilt #6 includes an assortment of starry night sky and space themed segments set against a white marshmallow border. Can you spot the time machine hidden in this pattern? This quilt measures 44 inches tall by 34 inches wide and is valued at $150.

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CQNW 2016 Camp Session Recap!

[The following is a post from Camp Quest NorthWest volunteer Philip Cole, recapping our recent week spent at camp. – Mike]


Camp Director Chuck gets ready to introduce the first skit performance of the evening.

The campers have all headed home, Camp Kirby is being boarded up for the off season, and the counselors are slowly getting back to their normal lives.

This year’s theme was Camp Quest NorthWest: School of Wisdom and Wonder, which was very loosely based on a best-selling book series about a school for witches and wizards, and this theme was incorporated into multitude of events and activities.

The week started off with a Sorting and Exploration activity where campers were divided into their house groups by the camp’s own “Sorting Cat.” The campers then had a chance to explore the camp grounds, complete various challenges, and to learn a bit about their house groups and the freethinkers that they were named for, including:

  • House Curieus – Named for chemist Marie Curie and representing the Camp Quest value of critical thinking.
  • House Darwindar – Named for naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin and representing community.
  • House Douglassi – Named for abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass, representing the value of integrity.
  • House Kahlopaw – Named for Frida Kahlo, painter and activist, and representing creativity.
  • House Lee – Named for martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, representing empathy.

Campers were challenged both mentally and physically throughout the week with various activities and competitions. A few activities returned this year: Socrates Café, Marine Biology, and Human Ancestry, but we also brought on many new programs that complimented the camp’s theme. These included Divination, Horoscopes and Telling the Future to teach campers to recognize cold reading techniques, Communicating Through the Aether which gave campers a chance to try out various forms of verbal and non-verbal communication tools, and Invisible Alchemy to teach chemistry led by our very own Camp Director, Chuck Wolber.

Of course, our standard battery of awesome afternoon activities returned as well, including rock wall climbing, archery, kayaking and swimming. We even introduced a new game called Squiddich (think of a combination of dodgeball and capture the flag) that the entire camp enjoyed playing.

Each night we had special all-camp activities that included a talent show, skits, a dance, and a special all camp event that took campers back to the time of the dinosaurs. Some of you may have heard that we brought in a ringer for the evening campfires. In addition to the normal camp songs that are half yelled and half sung off-key, Shelley Segal serenaded both campers and counselors alike with her amazing music. It might have been the only time all week where every camper was quiet at the same time!

We think this was one of the best camp sessions we have had yet and are already hard at work planning next year’s program. There is already a theme proposed for next year, and programming ideas are starting to flow. The board has identified a few options for adding capacity for next season, and details regarding that will be released as soon as they are confirmed.

A large number of you have expressed interest in helping out with Camp Quest. We realize that not everyone can (or wants to) take a week off from work and be a counselor, but that’s not the only way you can help the organization. If you are interested, you can get involved in the following ways:

  1. If you order from, point your browser to, and select “Camp Quest Inc.” in Federal Way as your charity of choice. 0.5% of your purchase amount will be automatically donated to CQNW, and it won’t cost you a single penny extra.
  2. Come to the board meetings: The board meetings are always open to the public, and dates are posted on the website in the meeting minutes. We meet at the Round Table Pizza in Burien, WA, and our next meeting is scheduled for September 15th at 6:30 PM.
  3. Volunteer to be on a committee. We have formed many committees in the past year, in an effort to spread the work out more evenly. There is the staffing committee, which interviews and vets prospective counselors; the grants committee, which decides how to distribute camperships and travel grants; and the programming committee, which is responsible for coming up with just about all of the planned activities your campers participate in at camp. We are always looking to expand the number of volunteers involved in these committees. The time commitment is up to you and may be as little as 10 hours per year.
  4. Attend the programming retreat. Every winter, we gather for a weekend away that is full of fun and planning, where we develop the programming, try out new activities, and generally have a good time. All are welcome, as long as you come willing to work!
  5. Of course, no list asking for help would be complete without mentioning that cash donations are always accepted, and needed! We are a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you to all of you who have supported Camp Quest Northwest, and thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet your campers and watch them grow up.

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Camp Quest NorthWest 2016 Quilt Auction

pjimage-2At our 2015 Oregon and Washington camp sessions we enlisted the help of our campers to design and paint the fabric squares that you see on these quilts. After camp, our extraordinary volunteer quartermaster Sharon used those designs as the basis for these six handmade quilts.

We are auctioning these quilts to raise money for Camp Quest NorthWest. Proceeds from this auction will be added to the camp general fund and will go towards funding camp scholarships, programming supplies, camp operations, and capital expenses. This is your chance to own a piece of CQNW history. Each of these quilts is approximately 30-38 inches wide by 38-44 inches long. They are designed to be hung on the wall, and should be washed minimally.

We have numbered the quilts from 1-6. Bidding for these one-of-a-kind keepsakes will start at $200 each. You can send your bids now to Please include the specific quilt you are bidding on and your bid amount.

These quilts were on display during registration and will be displayed again again during camper pick up on Saturday, August 20th. We will continue to accept bids through August 31st at midnight. We’ll be posting the details of this auction on our facebook page, in our staff and volunteer groups, and on our website. We’ll try and post regular updates about the current top bids to our facebook page.

Once the auction ends, the highest bidder for each quilt will be notified and we will arrange payment. Once payment is received, we’ll ship or deliver the quilt to you. Payment deadline will be September 30th. After that date, the quilt will be awarded to the next highest bidder.

Thanks again for your continued support of Camp Quest NorthWest!

Remember, send your bids to !!


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Welcome to Camp Quest NorthWest School of Wisdom and Wonder


The following letter was delivered to campers a few weeks prior to camp to introduce them to the camp theme.


Headmaster Dumblechuck
(Order of Darwin – First Class, Grand Calamari of Architeuthis, Supreme Geoduck,
Proclaimer of Chicken and Cheesus, Lackluster Warbler, and Camp Director)

Dear Camper,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Camp Quest NorthWest School of Wisdom and Wonder.

Term begins on August 14th. Students shall be required to report to Platform √-1 at Camp Quest NorthWest on Samish Island between the hours of one o’clock and three o’clock in the afternoon. Your seagull will deliver additional details to your family including directions to camp and a list of all necessary supplies.

We very much look forward to welcoming you as we begin this magical chapter in Camp Quest history.

Yours Sincerely,

Mike Warbingtonagall

Deputy Headmaster


Camp Quest NorthWest School of Wisdom and Wonder will explore the science and reason that underly the seemingly magical world around us.

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