Calling All Volunteers!

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Posted by Zach | Posted in Newsletters | Posted on 05-04-2017

We’re looking for the best of the best, and that means YOU!

The dates of camp are June 18 – 24, 2017 at the YMCA Camp Ray Bean campground at Possum Kingdom Lake about 100 miles west of Fort Worth.

  • You can submit your volunteer application online by clicking the button below.

2017 Registration Now Open!

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Posted by Zach | Posted in Newsletters | Posted on 28-02-2017

The dates of camp are June 18 – 24, 2017

We have rented all of the YMCA Camp Ray Bean campground at Possum Kingdom Lake about 100 miles west of Fort Worth.

More details:

  • $750 per camper through Friday, March 17, 2017; $800 after that.
  • $100 first payment required using a major credit card or PayPal as part of registration.
  • Scheduled payments available.
  • Limited financial aid is available. (If we cannot meet your financial needs with our donations, all of your payment will be refunded.)
  • You can register online by clicking the button below.

Happy Solstice!

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Posted by Zach | Posted in Newsletters | Posted on 20-12-2016

As the temperature dips and the Winter Solstice is upon us, we have our sights set on the summer! Planning Camp Quest Texas is a year round process, and we are very excited about where things stand for a great week for our kids.

To help us keep camp affordable for as many families as possible, please consider a tax deductible donation to Camp Quest Texas. You can use your PayPal account or a credit card. Remember that we have no congregation to appeal to –– just good folks like you who know how great Camp Quest Texas is.

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We are also looking for additional volunteers. If your treasure is limited, a donation of time and talent is equally appreciated. We have tasks that can done from your own home, so you do not have to attend camp in order to volunteer. If you have not already filled out our Volunteer Interest form, please do so now by clicking here.

In case you missed our earlier newsletters, our summer camp this year is June 18 – 24, 2017 at YMCA Camp Ray Bean at Possum Kingdom Lake west of Ft. Worth. Our volunteers plan to have our registration system ready early next year — we’ll let you know when we have a firm date

Season’s Greetings to all!

Respectfully,
Don Lewellyn
President, Camp Quest Texas

2017 Camp Announcement

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Posted by Zach | Posted in Newsletters | Posted on 15-11-2016

There have been some exciting new developments at Camp Quest Texas!

  • We’ve been able to get earlier dates for next year’s summer camp: June 18 – 24, 2017
  • Our volunteers plan to have our registration system ready early next year — we’ll let you know when we have a firm date
  • We were able to get a different, larger campground: YMCA Camp Ray Bean at Possum Kingdom Lake west of Ft. Worth

Camp Ray Bean is next door to YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, the site of a couple of our earlier camps, and it’s part of the Grady Spruce family of camps.

This campground has 14 cabins in 7 buildings, and lots of indoor and outdoor space for activities.

This is the Dining Hall. All food is prepared on site, and there will be plenty of options for those with allergies and other dietary needs. This room is also an Activity Center.

Below is the Retreat Center where our volunteer staff will sleep, except for a few Cabin Counselors who stay with the campers in the cabins. If you’d like to be one of those volunteers and work with some of the most awesome kids you’ve ever met, please click on the “Join Our Team” button at the end.

There are two cabins per building with a couple of bunks and storage space upstairs. Each building has a kitchenette.

The campground includes a large multi-purpose athletic field and a crafts shed with a kiln and throwing wheel. Our water activities will include swimming, a blob, and possibly even boat rides to the nearby island for nature studies.

This is another one of the Activity Centers.

We are a 100% volunteer organization. You do not have to attend camp in order to help. We have tasks that can done on your computer from your own home starting right now. If you would like to help us conduct the most awesome camp yet, and you have not already done so, please click here and indicate your interests.

It takes a village to raise a child. Thank you for being a part of our really cool village!

Respectfully,
Don Lewellyn
President, Camp Quest Texas

2016 Camp Video and Survey

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Posted by Zach | Posted in Newsletters | Posted on 09-10-2016

It’s been 2 months since Camp Quest Texas and we are still hearing great stories from the campers, staff and parents. I am so proud to be a part of an organization that does so much to ensure a quality camp experience for tomorrow’s freethinkers. Thanks is just not a big enough word to express my gratitude to the volunteers who put on Camp Quest Texas with such vigor and zeal.

Here is a short video that captures the true spirit of Camp Quest Texas 2016. You might see a kid or two that you recognize!


Riding the coattails of this success, we have already begun preparations for Camp Quest Texas 2017. You do not have to attend camp in order to volunteer. We have tasks that can done from your own home. If you are able to help in any way, please click here!

It takes a village to raise a child. Thank you for being a part of our really cool village!

2016 Fundraising Drive

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Posted by Zach | Posted in Newsletters | Posted on 02-05-2016

Camp Quest Texas works hard throughout the year to make their Summer Camp a fun and educational experience, allowing campers to grow. They host philosophy discussions (like Socrates Café) where they encourage campers to continuously ask while formulating their own opinions. It’s a Summer Camp that teaches campers how to think, not what to think.

Counselors and other volunteers work hands-on with campers in conducting science experiments, fostering language development, and cultivating a zeal for natural discovery. By encouraging campers to examine and question the natural world around them, they aim to build upon their knowledge and equip them with critical thinking skills that will be applicable long after camp ends.

Of course, the primary goal of Camp Quest Texas is to provide campers with a haven away from home where they can find new and old friends. They also make fun a high priority, with swimming, hiking, races, and games all being part of the Summer Camp experience.

While Camp Quest Texas prepares for this year’s Summer Camp, they are also receiving many pleas for financial assistance from deserving families. Many come from families who live in remote rural communities, where the only contact with other freethinking kids would come from their Summer Camp. Although they try to accomodate as many requests as possible, the need is too great, and their funding is limited.

This is where you come in. By donating on my behalf to Camp Quest Texas, you will help provide an opportunity for a camper to experience a week without fear of religious judgment, without the social isolation, and without the stigma of being a nonbeliever in the Bible Belt. As one mother put it, when she came to Camp Quest Texas, “my daughter felt like she could breathe for the first time.”

Thanks for your support!

Camp Quest Texas 2016 Registration Is OPEN!

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Posted by Kyle Oyakawa | Posted in Newsletters | Posted on 01-03-2016

[Registration is now closed for this session].
The application process will allow you to register campers and / or register to volunteer.
We look forward to seeing you at camp this Summer!

*campers may only sign up for one week of camp

Camp Quest Texas 2016 Registration Information Now Available

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Posted by Kyle Oyakawa | Posted in Newsletters | Posted on 19-02-2016

[Registration is now closed for this session].
Please note that camper registration will not be available until March 1st. Starting March 1st, this same page will have links to complete your camper registration online.

2016 Camp Information Announced!

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Posted by Kyle Oyakawa | Posted in Camp Quest Texas, Newsletters | Posted on 26-01-2016

Camp Quest Texas 2016

CQTX is holding two sessions of camp this summer:

Camp 1 (July 31-Aug 6) campers ages 8-17.
Camp 2 (Aug 7-Aug 13) campers ages 8-17.

YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow
Hunt, TX

(the same location as last year)

Registration Fee: $650 per Camper
Registration is scheduled to open March 1st.

More Information Coming Soon!

2015 Campership Sponsors

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Posted by Zach | Posted in Newsletters | Posted on 22-03-2015

We always have a tremendous financial need here at Camp Quest Texas, to meet the needs of families who have significant financial disadvantages. Without sponsored camperships, these families would not otherwise be able to send their kids to camp.

For 2015, we would like to recognize the following organizations who have sponsored camperships:

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Humanists of Houston:

5 Camperships

 

Freethinkers Association of Central Texas:

4 Camperships

 

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In recognition of
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

4 Camperships

 

Atheist Community of Austin

4 Camperships

 

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Fellowship of Freethought Dallas:

2 Camperships

 

Houston Black Non-Believers:

2 Camperships

 

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Black Nonbelievers of Dallas:

1 Campership