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Atheist summer camp launched in Somerset (At Camp Quest,'There is no God')
Telegraph (UK) ^ | 28 Jul 2009

Posted on 07/28/2009 8:55:00 AM PDT by Cheap_Hessian

Camp Quest UK, which is being held near Bath, offers 24 places.

Its website claims the camp is for the children of 'atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and all those who embrace a naturalistic rather than supernatural world view.'

There are currently six branches of Camp Quest operating in North America.

Organisers said the purpose of the camp was to encourage critical thinking and provide children with a summer camp "free of religious dogma".

The camp, supported by scientist Richard Dawkins, plans to expand after receiving hundreds of inquiries. The event has been set up by Samantha Stein, a postgraduate psychology student from London.

"It is not about changing what they think, but the way that they think," she said. "There is very little that attacks religion, we are not a rival to religious camps. We exist as a secular alternative open to children from parents of all faiths and none.

"We aim to provide summer camping holidays and trips that focus on our children's needs - physical and mental activity, and a lot of fun.

"Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable counsellors will lead the children on a variety of activities which could concern anything from critical thinking and logical fallacies, to the scientific method and pseudoscience, philosophy, ethics, famous freethinkers and world religions."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: atheist; summercamp
Camp Quest Website
1 posted on 07/28/2009 8:55:01 AM PDT by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Cheap_Hessian

As long as the government ain’t paying for it, then let them do whatever they want to do on their own time and dime.


2 posted on 07/28/2009 8:57:13 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Their slogan:

Meh!


3 posted on 07/28/2009 8:58:13 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: Cheap_Hessian
"(At Camp Quest,'There is no God')"

In heaven, there are no atheists.

4 posted on 07/28/2009 8:58:17 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: Enterprise
In heaven, there are no atheists.

So true!

5 posted on 07/28/2009 9:01:17 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From Barack Hussein Al-Obama. Amen.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

These people are truly messed up and must be suffering from a vicious inferiority complex. You want to go to a camp free of any religious reference? Pick any camp that focuses on any topic! Archery, dance, wrestling, equestrian, you won’t find God mentioned at all at any of these! These fools are a new religion of themselves, they’re just too blind to see it.


6 posted on 07/28/2009 9:01:18 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Enterprise
"(At Camp Quest,'There is no God')"

Sure there is. Just because they pretend he's not there, doesn't make it so.

Just like Democrats and reality.

7 posted on 07/28/2009 9:01:30 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Cheap_Hessian

These people are truly messed up and must be suffering from a vicious inferiority complex. You want to go to a camp free of any religious reference? Pick any camp that focuses on any topic! Archery, dance, wrestling, equestrian, you won’t find God mentioned at all at any of these! These fools are a new religion of themselves, they’re just too blind to see it.


8 posted on 07/28/2009 9:01:30 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Miss Stein said: "At Camp Quest, children aren't taught that 'There is no God'. Instead, they are taught to come to their own conclusions, but more importantly, that 'It's OK not to believe in a god'.

(At Camp Quest,'There is no God')

I guess if you had inserted "..." for the words you omitted in your parenthetical item in the title, it would have been almost as misleading as simply dropping the words out. I was going to point out how duplicitous the statement about the camp being "free of dogma" given its dogmatic statement of "there is no god", but then I discovered I had been misled.

9 posted on 07/28/2009 9:01:51 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Cheap_Hessian; Quix; Star Traveler; Gordon Greene; Das Outsider; Landru

Telling a kid they “can’t” begs them to prove they “can”.

I believe a powerful work of God may come from this.

Lord... it is Your Creation they mock. Please lift the
veil from these innocents and allow them to see that
YOU ARE GOD and they are not.

In Jesus name... Jo.


10 posted on 07/28/2009 9:02:09 AM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Enterprise

touche!!!!!


11 posted on 07/28/2009 9:02:17 AM PDT by annieokie (i)
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To: domenad

I suspect these fools have a religion, probably “global warming”, saving “mother” Earth.


12 posted on 07/28/2009 9:03:00 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From Barack Hussein Al-Obama. Amen.)
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To: Jo Nuvark

Well..., it’s one thing that these adult atheists are determined to go to Hell (literally...). BUT, they seem determined to make their own kids go to Hell, also.

Those who practice evil are determined to get others to join in with them to practice evil, too...


13 posted on 07/28/2009 9:05:38 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

What a counterproductive, ungrateful waste of oxygen Richard Dawkins is...


14 posted on 07/28/2009 9:05:57 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: VRWCmember

My apologies if I made that confusing.


15 posted on 07/28/2009 9:07:26 AM PDT by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Welcome to Camp Quest!

Here, you’ll learn that there is really no meaning to life, that you’re simply the result of a chain reaction in some primordial soup millions of years ago, and that once you die, all that will be left of you is a dead, decaying body.

Now, go enjoy camp!


16 posted on 07/28/2009 9:08:09 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Impeach the sumbeech)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Camp Prayer:

"Now I lay me down to sleep,"
"And if I die before I wake,"
"That all folks"

17 posted on 07/28/2009 9:13:25 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Jo Nuvark

Amen.

Almighty Father, You have made Your Name known, and will make It known again. Please work powerfully in these camps - in the hearts of adults and children alike - so that all may acknowledge that they are the work of Your loving hands.

+ We ask this in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord + Amen.


18 posted on 07/28/2009 9:13:31 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Cheap_Hessian
My apologies if I made that confusing.

No problem. I expect that kind of stuff from liberals but hold conservatives to a higher standard.

19 posted on 07/28/2009 9:14:35 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Cheap_Hessian

What was confusing? I had no trouble understanding the story.


20 posted on 07/28/2009 9:20:44 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From Barack Hussein Al-Obama. Amen.)
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To: Enterprise

“In heaven, there are no atheists.”

There are none in hell, either. Because by the time one gets there, one has met and been judged by Almighty God.


21 posted on 07/28/2009 9:20:55 AM PDT by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: agere_contra; Star Traveler

Amen! Agreeing with your petition!

Someday we will be listening to a Pastor or a conference
speaker tell the story of how God revealed Himself to
him or her at an “atheist summer camp”. Hallelujah!


22 posted on 07/28/2009 10:57:52 AM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Jo Nuvark

Amen


23 posted on 07/28/2009 11:09:33 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Star Traveler
determined to go to Hell

Rather be in hell with all the sinners ever than in heaven with one worshipper of the crucified guy.

24 posted on 07/28/2009 4:59:12 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: GraceG

This is all part of Dawkins’ tactic of having “society stepping in” to stop religious parents from doing so and his hopes that this “might lead children to choose no religion at all.”
There are good dissections of Camp Quest, its PR side and its true underbelly here:

http://atheismisdead.blogspot.com/2009/05/atheist-re-education-camp-for-children.html

http://atheismisdead.blogspot.com/2009/06/atheism-camp-camp-quest-freethought.html


25 posted on 07/29/2009 8:19:23 AM PDT by MarianoApologeticus (Background)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

My boys go to Camp Alpine on Lookout Mountain Alabama where God lives.

http://www.alpinecamp.com/


26 posted on 07/29/2009 8:22:22 AM PDT by wardaddy (ASAP, as southern as possible.......Sarah Palin, i love you)
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