Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Quest


What is Camp Quest?

Camp Quest is a place for fun, friends, and freethought! Our camps provide a traditional sleep-away summer camp experience for kids aged 8-17, with a wide range of activities including sports, crafts, games, swimming, and campfires. In addition to our traditional summer camp activities, Camp Quest offers educational activities focused on critical thinking, ethics, scientific inquiry, philosophy, and comparative religion. Day camp programs feature similar programs to residential camps and serve children aged 4-8.

Camp Quest is open to all children and teenagers within the accepted age range, but it is particularly geared towards building a community for children from atheist, agnostic, humanist and other freethinking families. Our goal is to provide a place where children can explore their developing worldviews, ask questions, and make friends in an environment that is supportive of critical thinking and skepticism.

Are campers at Camp Quest required to be atheists?  

No. Campers at Camp Quest are encouraged to think for themselves and are not required to hold any particular view. We firmly believe that children should not be labeled with worldview labels by adults, and instead should be encouraged to ask questions and explore different worldviews as they grow. We do present atheism and humanism as valid and reasonable options for an ethical and fulfilling life.

Would a child who believes in God be comfortable at Camp Quest?

Yes. Campers at Camp Quest explore different worldviews, and many children have not yet formed their beliefs on the existence of God. Campers who believe in God may get a lot of interested questions from their fellow campers, but the camp environment fosters asking these questions in a spirit of dialogue and mutual respect. Campers who have expressed belief in God have had fun, made friends, and had a great Camp Quest experience.

Where and when is Camp Quest?

See all of our Camp Quest locations to find our dates and locations for this summer. Typically our week-long sessions start in late June and continue through mid-August.

How much does Camp Quest cost?

Registration fees vary by location, but typically range between $400 and $800 for a week-long session. View our locations to learn more.

Is financial aid available?

We never want financial concerns to prevent a child from attending Camp Quest. The Edwin & Helen Kagin Memorial Campership Fund provides camperships to support attendance at camp. If the cost of camp is holding you back from registering, please apply for financial aid by contacting the camp you would like your child to attend. Camperships may support free or reduced registration.

How many kids generally attend? What are their age brackets?

Camp Quest sessions range in size from around 20 campers at our smallest camps to around 130 at our largest. Typically campers are fairly evenly distributed throughout the age range of 8-17 in our residential programs. Most of our camps offer Counselor-in-Training (CIT) programs for campers who are 16 and 17.

How can I find out which camps offer gender inclusive cabins?

Camp Quest welcomes all kids, regardless of their gender identity and/or expression. In order to create welcoming and safe spaces that respect the full gender spectrum, many of our camps offer gender inclusive cabins which house campers of different sexes and gender identities. Look for the rainbow cabin icon on our camp directory for those that offer gender inclusive cabins. All of our camps also offer traditional single-gender cabins, too.

Who are the counselors and how are they chosen?

Camp Quest camps all use volunteers as cabin counselors and program leaders. Our volunteer counselors are all at least 18 years of age or older.

Because our counselors are making a week-long volunteer commitment, rather than committing to be on camp staff all summer, we are able to attract a very dedicated and experienced pool of counselors from a wide range of fields. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and have included teachers, doctors, engineers, nonprofit activists, and graduate students. We also have several college-aged counselors, many of whom are former campers.

If you are interested in applying to be on staff, please contact the camp location that you would like to work at and complete a volunteer application.

Do you do criminal background checks?

Yes. We require all of our affiliates to conduct criminal background checks on all counselors and staff at camp.

I want to help support camp quest! what can I do?

There are two main ways to help out Camp Quest. The first is to donate.  Donations help support our current camps, help new camps launch, and support our campership fund. Campership donations provide free or reduced registration for campers with financial need.

The second way to help is to volunteer by becoming a counselor or activity leader. Contact the camp location you would like to work at and complete a volunteer application.

Another option for volunteering is to spread the word about Camp Quest, or help us with projects throughout the year. Contact us to offer your assistance. We would love to work with you!

I want a Camp Quest location near me!

Camp Quest is expanding to more weeks and new locations across the U.S. each year; however, we are limiting our expansion to a sustainable level that allows us to maintain our high standards of quality programming and safety. Our first priority is ensuring that each Camp Quest experience is great for our campers. If you want to get involved in helping start a Camp Quest near you, getting involved first in current camps and connecting with your regional planning team are the best steps to get started. You can get more information on how to take those step by contacting our National office.

I want to contact someone about including Camp Quest in a media piece or publication that I am working on. Who should I contact?

First, be sure to check out our online press kit.

Please contact us for more information or to request an interview. We will be happy to talk with you, or put you in touch with others who can give you the information you are looking for. If you are seeking information about a specific camp for media or publication purposes, you may contact your local camp directly.