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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Camp Inquiry to be featured today on NPR

Today, on National Public Radio's daily program All Things Considered, there will be a story on Camp Inquiry, the summer camp in Holland, New York that provides a friendly, accepting environment for young atheists and agnostics, and teaches the virtues of personal responsibility and critical thought. The camp is for children aged 7-16 and runs for a week in the middle of July, during which time campers can participate in the following workshops:

Ufo Monsterbusters & Mythmarauders
Campers will use a variety of methods to investigate claims of the paranormal, urban legends, and UFO sightings.

Trilobite In the Footprints of Darwin
Experts in the natural sciences will guide campers in understanding the evolutionary model as counter to claims of creationism and intelligent design.

Cards Sleights of Hand & Tricks of the Eye
A professional magician unravels the mysteries of illusion.

Art Human Expression
Professional artists and teachers lead campers in creative self-expression through the visual and performing arts.

Sunset Expressly Human: The Ethical Life
Campers will participate in conversations and activities designed to address the changing global community, diversity, and the need to act as a responsible moral agent.

Book The Character of Character
Through discussions of film and literature, campers will consider moral and ethical dilemmas faced by both fictional and familiar folks.

Lightbulb Imagination & Science
Campers will discover the fascinating science behind imagination, and find out that the two realms aren’t as far apart as they seem.

All Things Considered airs at 4:00 PM EST (at least it does in Michigan, YMMV).


  1. From the Camp Inquiry website, here's their Mission Statement:

    "This is a place where kids can be themselves. We work toward helping youth confront the challenges of living a non-theistic/secular lifestyle in a world dominated by religious belief and pseudoscience. Grounded on the conviction that kids can begin establishing habits of the good and ethical life early on, Camp Inquiry 2008 adopts a three-part focus: The arts and sciences, the skeptical perspective, and ethical character development comprise an integrated approach to this “Age of Discovery.” Campers, counselors, and teachers will address key issues around individual identity, forging trusting relationships, establishing a sense of local and global community, and living with respect for the natural world."

  2. Ohhhh !! Thanks for posting this, I'm definitely going to give this a listen!

  3. I hope we see more of these springing up in the future.

    If I had a kid in that age group I'd definitly be interested. But then, my kids had me!

  4. I want to go too!

    I only got to go to some lame Baptist Summer Camp as a kid.

    Poor me.


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