Camp Quest West Program Development Retreat

From: Brian P.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 4:09 PM
To all Camp Quest West Families, Staffers, Supporters and Well-Wishers:

Camp Quest West isn?t just a week during summer; it?s a way of life! So with that in mind we are organizing our very first Off-Season Program and PolIcy DEvelopment Retreat or O-SPPIDER (?Oh, Spider!? for fun). And what we lack in acronym-making ability, we make up for in enthusiasm and dedication to developing a culture of excellence in putting on a unique outdoor program for the children of freethought families.

You are encouraged to participate if you have an interest in helping us develop an excellent summer program with an eye toward building a lasting institution. We want previous camp staff, prospective staffers, those with freethought organization experience, parents with kids, people with child development experience, teachers, science buffs, kids themselves. Basically, if you?d like to help, we?d love to have you!

Our First O-SPPIDER will be at Choinumni Park near Fresno, CA, from October 8-11, 2010 (Columbus Day Weekend). We expect to offer a reasonable fee to eat and camp for the weekend somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 for individuals, double for families if you are willing to share tents and campsites and a reasonable surcharge for those who want their own campsite.

Our weekend will start with an informal social gathering Friday night, morning and afternoon program planning and policy brainstorming workshops on Saturday and Sunday and a free day Monday for those lucky few who get or take Columbus Day off. We will not be offering childcare but expect a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of room in the schedule to explore, swim and tend to your family?s needs. Basic camp food will be prepared for the group. Those with specific dietary needs will be asked to work with us and can have part of the fee waived if you provide for your own needs.

This facility has running water and bathrooms but no showers. There is a river nearby for swimming. This is tent camping. We hope families will share one large tent and individual participants to bunk together in a large tent if possible, these sites have a strict tent limit, so large tents with many people is the best solution economically.

If you?d like to come, please contact me at[masked] or [address removed] ASAP with the following information:

Number of Adults (for eating and workshop purposes)
Number of Children
When you plan to arrive (Friday night, Saturday Morning etc?)
When you plan to leave
An e-mail and phone number where you can be reached.

If you have access to large tents or other basic camping equipment, let us know what you can share, it is much appreciated!


Brian Parra
[address removed]

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