Two months ago, when we first started talking about forming a Camp Quest up here in the Pacific Northwest, who would have thought that we’d actually be looking at campgrounds for as soon as Summer 2012. The original idea was to host quarterly get-togethers until then followed by a weekend camp, slowly easing our way toward a full week after a couple of years. The interest we’ve received so far has been phenomenal, though, and the advice we’ve been given by other Camp Quests was to go boldly forward. So here we are, trying to find a camp. It’s a good problem to have.
The first few calls were rather disappointing, with almost everyone completely booked in July and August, the only months we can reasonably run the camp based on local school schedules and our mercurial weather. Fortunately, persistence has provided us with three solid possibilities, all within two hours of Seattle. We’ve visited one, Camp Waskowitz in North Bend, and will be looking at another, Camp Niwana in Port Orchard, this coming Thursday. We’ll be touring the last one, Camp Kirby on Samish Island (northwest of Burlington), in mid-August.
As one might guess, each location presents us with unique and exciting opportunities as well as intriguing challenges. For instance, one has a private lake while another is on the Sound. One is closer to Seattle while another is more secluded. Regardless of which we choose, however, we’re sure to have a great first week of camp next year and we look forward to working with you all to get it started!
Be sure to stop by our Taste of Camp Quest NorthWest, where we’ll have activities for kids of all ages. Feel free to bring any questions or input you have as we’ll be there to provide answers and take whatever help and advice we can get. Also, please consider donating by using the ChipIn widget on the right side of this page. From now until the end of the year every dollar you donate will be matched up to $10,000 by the
Humanists of North Puget Sound.
Thank you everyone, and see you at camp!