CQNW 2020 Registration Details

“Hindsight 2020”

Camp Quest NorthWest is very excited to announce the details of our 2020 summer camp sessions, including our camp theme “Hindsight 2020.” Campers will embark on a fantastic journey through space and time where they will meet famous freethinkers, experience historical events, and revisit some favorite activities from past CQNW sessions.

2020 Camp Session Dates

  • Week 1: June 28th to July 4th (Staff: June 27 to July 5th) at Camp Waskowitz
  • Week 2: August 16th to 22nd (Staff: August 15th to 23rd) at Camp Kirby

Camp Quest NorthWest will host two sessions again this summer. It will be our second year at Camp Waskowitz and our ninth year at Camp Kirby. We encourage families to choose whichever camp session works for the schedule and interests, and we look forward to lots of fun at both locations!

Camper Registration Details

Registration will begin Saturday, January 11th at 9:00 AM. Additional details are available on our registration page, or you can bookmark the link directly to Active to register on January 11th. Please be aware that our August session typically fills up very quickly, so if plan to register be sure to set a reminder and register as soon as you can!

Tuition will be set at $700 per camper, which is unchanged from last year, and camperships (camp scholarships) are available for families seeking financial aid. As always, your application timestamp will count whether you submit either the camper registration form or financial aid form.

Volunteer Registration Details

Volunteer registration will also become available on January 11th. We encourage volunteers to register for camp as soon as they know their summer availability. Volunteers can stop by our staff page for details about staff grants and other FAQs or head directly to Active to register on January 11th.

The Planning Retreat is scheduled for March 20th to 22nd at Camp Kirby. You can reserve your spot at the retreat using the same registration link above.

Items Available to Purchase at Registration

We are very excited to be able to include some items for purchase along with your camper and volunteer registration. In addition to extra t-shirts we will have CQNW hoodies and custom 2020 CQNW iron-on patches available to order. All items will be delivered at our summer camp sessions. Remember that every camper and volunteer receives one t-shirt included with their registration, but this is a great way to order extras for the whole family!

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Save The Dates!

Camp Quest NorthWest is excited to announces the dates and locations of our 2020 camp sessions! More information will follow later this month with details about the camp theme, pricing, and information about how and where to register. But for now, please mark these dates on your calendar!

  • Camp Waskowitz, North Bend, WA – 6/28/2020 to 7/4/2020.
  • Camp Kirby, Samish Island, WA – 8/16/2020 to 8/22/2020.

We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

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Hey, Folks! Additional volunteers are needed to make our July camp session a success!

[The following is a message from the Camp Quest NorthWest Staffing Committee.]

Counselors Andrea, Jami and Becky model morning assembly and roll call at Camp Waskowitz.

Hey, Camp Quest Parents & Guardians!

You know your kid loves Camp Quest – why don’t you try it out?

Camp Quest NorthWest is seeking volunteers to help us run our July session, our first session to be held at Camp Waskowitz! Last June we offered a smaller camp session with fewer campers and volunteers than usual. However, this year we have moved to a new week (and brand new location!) and we are happy to say that more campers have signed up to attend. To accommodate our bigger and better camp, we need more volunteers to keep the energy up and keep up with all those campers!

The duties and benefits of being a camp counselor include:

  • Leading songs and games – around the campfire and in general
  • Participating in camp programs – including science, critical thinking, and philosophy
  • All Camp Events – past years have had cardboard boat building and competitive spaghetti tower construction, plus a talent show, dance, and skit performances
  • Residing with another counselor in a cabin of 8-10 campers
  • A community of adults you’ll want to hang out with outside of camp. Your kids aren’t the only ones leaving camp every year with wonderful memories and new friends!
  • The Great Outdoors! Waskowitz in particular has some beautiful hiking trails and a creek
  • Scheduled, mandatory breaks!

Are you interested? Do you know anyone who might like to join us? Please click here to find out more about volunteering with us, or skip straight to here to sign up for camp! If you have any questions, just email staffing@campquestnorthwest.org and ask!

Our July camp session runs from June 29th to July 7th. We hope you’ll join us!

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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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CQNW 2019 Registration Details

Choose one of these t-shirt colors when you register! See below for more details.

Hailing Frequencies Open

Last year we took campers on a journey to the western frontier with our “Flying Spaghetti Western.” This year we’ll be voyaging into the final frontier on a very special “Star Quest.” Join us as we explore an exciting new camp location, seek out fun new activities and programs, and boldly go where no Camp Quest has gone before!

2019 Camp Session Dates

  • Week 1: June 30th to July 6th (Staff: June 29th to July 7th), Camp Waskowitz
  • Week 2: August 11th to 17th (Staff: August 10th to 18th), Camp Kirby

Camp Quest NorthWest will again host two sessions this summer. The first session of the year will be our first week at Camp Waskowitz. Camp Waskowitz is located on the banks of the Snoqualmie River, nestled into the Cascade foothills near North Bend. We’re very excited about this new location and the new opportunities it presents to us.

Our second session of the summer will be at our tenth week at Camp Kirby. We continue to enjoy a great relationship with our hosts at Camp Kirby and we look forward to working with them in the years to come as we simultaneously get to know our new hosts at Camp Waskowitz. We encourage families to choose whichever camp session works for their schedule and interests, whether that be Camp Kirby or Camp Waskowitz!

Volunteer Registration is Now Open!

You can find the volunteer registration form available here. You can also visit the Staff page on our website to find out more details about the staff application process.

The Planning Retreat is scheduled for March 22nd to 24th at Camp Waskowitz. You can reserve your spot at the retreat using the same registration link above.

Camper Registration Will Begin Saturday, January 5th at 9:00 AM

Yes, you read that correctly, there’s no need to stay up until midnight to register! Additional details are available on our registration page, or you can bookmark the link directly to Active to register on January 5th.

Tuition will be set at $700 per camper, which is unchanged from last year, and camp scholarships (“camperships”) are available for families seeking financial aid. As always, your application timestamp will count whether you submit either the camper registration form or financial aid form.

Please be aware that our August session typically fills up very quickly, so if plan to register be sure to set a reminder and register as soon as you can!

Choose Your T-shirt Color

Whether you are registering a camper or signing up to volunteer you will have the opportunity to state your preference for one of three t-shirt colors. The colors of yellow, blue and red represent the three parts of our motto of Fun, Friends and Freethought. Whether you are registering yourself or someone else, take a moment to decide which of these three shirt colors is preferred.

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