Atheist And Agnostic Summer Camp Launches In Kansas City

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Every summer, young people in the area can attend camps for everything from pottery to ecology to modeling. And this year, there’s a new place for parents to send kids. It’s a secular summer camp with a focus on science and critical thinking.


A camp like any other

On the first morning of camp, a handful of young teens psyche themselves up to scale a high ropes course 30 feet off the ground. One by one, the campers climb up to the ropes. Some race across the obstacles, while others freeze up, terrified by the heights. Down on the ground, camp counselors cheer them on. Some conquer the course in 10 minutes, others take an hour, but in the end, they all scream with exhilaration as they fly down the long zip line at the end.

In early July, 20 campers spent five days and four nights at the first-ever Camp Quest KC.

They canoed in a lake, swam in the pool, went fishing – basically doing everything kids do at camps everywhere. But Camp Quest KC isn’t a YMCA or Scout camp. It’s designed for kids from atheist, agnostic or freethought backgrounds.

Parent and volunteer David Spake says that too often, even non-religious camps make assumptions about religion by leading prayers or non-denominational worship services.

Written By: Alex Smith
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  1. Just for the record. The YMCA’s near me (in New York) have camps and programs and such that are 100% secular. Not even the building has any references to religion. In fact the local YMCA’s display less religiosity than my town hall, schools, and other government buildings.

    • In reply to #1 by debaser71:

      Anything to keep the Good News Club kids from setting up shop in the camp?
      Any focus on science or critical thinking?

      Really, these YMCA camps look like a perfect target for the Child Evangelism Fellowship (the parent org of the GNC) or some sports evangelism group. The whole point of these orgs is to train kids to proselytize where adults are not allowed.

      • In reply to #2 by MelM:

        In reply to #1 by debaser71:

        Anything to keep the Good News Club kids from setting up shop in the camp?
        Any focus on science or critical thinking?

        Really, these YMCA camps look like a perfect target for the Child Evangelism Fellowship (the parent org of the GNC) or some sports evangelism group. Th…

        I see where I was not clear. I am not comparing YMCA to Camp Quest. I am just saying that not all YMCA’s are as bad as implied in the article. I’ve sent my own children to various camps and class at the YMCA. Again, most of the unwanted religiosity in my and my children’s lives comes from school and other government buildings/parks. If the Y were even as religious as the public school, I’d not send my kids there.

    • In reply to #1 by debaser71:

      Just for the record. The YMCA’s near me (in New York) have camps and programs and such that are 100% secular. Not even the building has any references to religion. In fact the local YMCA’s display less religiosity than my town hall, schools, and other government buildings.

      It’s a strange world where YMCA is less religious than the Boy Scouts.

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