Space still available at the CQNW July session at Camp Waskowitz

Camp Waskowitz was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and used as a base camp for forest fire service until 1942. The camp has been a King County landmark since 1992 and is listed on the National Register for Historic Places.

Camp Quest NorthWest will be hosting two sessions this summer, with space still available for campers at our first session from June 30th to July 6th, 2019 at Camp Waskowitz. Our theme this year is “Star Quest,” a celebration of scientific inquiry, space exploration, and the humanist values presented in some of our favorite science fiction stories. We are excited to share additional details of our camp theme with you at as well as some details of our new host site.

First, we are thrilled to be spending our first week at Camp Waskowitz, which is nestled into the Cascade Foothills in the Snoqualmie River Valley just outside of North Bend, Washington. Here are some of the features that Camp Waskowitz offers.

  • Swimming pool!
  • Volleyball courts
  • Fully covered outdoor shelter featuring a large stone fireplace and bench seating
  • Covered shelter with picnic tables adjacent to the Snoqualmie River
  • Fire circle and outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Snoqualmie River
  • “4-H Challenge” ropes course
  • Recently refurbished original camp buildings dating back to 1935, including cabins, dining hall, education center and other structures.
  • 40 foot tall Stampede Pass Fire Lookout Tower built in 1934 and moved to Camp Waskowitz in 1974.
  • Trail system that includes a large pedestrian bridge over the Snoqualmie River, a cable bridge over a smaller creek, several shelters and other points of interest.

Our programming committee has been hard at work developing activities and special events for both of our 2019 camp sessions. Here are some of the ideas that are currently working on for our 2019 camp theme “Star Quest.”

  • Camp t-shirts will feature the colors of our three camp divisions: Fun, Friends and Freethought. Each division represents the mission and values of Camp Quest. These “uniforms” will feature a unique CQ insignia on the front left that represents the skeptical and scientific basis for Camp Quest as well as the interconnectedness of the three divisions.
  • Campers will be divided into groups of “away teams” and will be tasked with investigating strange phenomena, exploring new ideas, and solving problems. Our away teams may encounter powerful omnipotent beings, strange new alien cultures, and strangely familiar “theme planets.”
  • We will be revamping our very popular Leadership Track (LT) program for our high-school age teenage campers to help them prepare to take on new challenges in their communities and to push them to discover what it means for them to become a leader.
  • We will continue to develop the BLT (Before LT) program that we introduced last year for our younger teens to expand their role in the Camp Quest community and to challenge them with exciting new activities.

Our volunteers will be meeting at Camp Waskowitz for our annual Planning Retreat March 22-24 to brainstorm additional programming ideas, to further develop the camp theme, and to develop ideas for future camp sessions. Space is limited so register now if you’d like to attend!

If you’re interested in attending the planning retreat, registering yourself as a volunteer for either our July or August camp sessions, or registering a camper to attend the July camp session, please visit our Active registration page.

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