Child’s Play: Camp Quest and the Future of Secularism

Camp Quest is a national organization whose local affiliates provide week-long summer camp programs to children in secular families. With over a dozen locations throughout the United States, including two in California, they are the only national organization that is focused on the children of the secular movement. 

David Diskin, president of Camp Quest West (California), will present an overview of Camp Quest West and their weeklong program that combines traditional outdoor All-American fun with interactive science activities that help kids become familiar with skepticism, the scientific method, and Humanist philosophies. David will show off photos and video from prior years, and help our guests understand why programs like Camp Quest, the Secular Student Alliance, and others are so important to the future of secularism

Bring your checkbook! There will be prizes for donors.

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About the Speaker: David Diskin is the president of Camp Quest West, having also served as Program Manager and Cabin Counselor for three years. David is also on the Executive Committee of the Secular Coalition for California, the volunteer coordinator of the San Francisco Atheist Film Festival, and is the lead organizer of Sacramento Freethought Day. When not advancing the secular movement, David helps his clients become more familiar with Microsoft Office through onsite training that he delivers at local universities, government agencies, and businesses of all different sizes. He lives in Lodi, CA.

For those first-timers, our schedule for the evening normally goes like this:

6:30-7:15  -  Mingle and eat dinner

7:15-7:30  -  ACSJ announcements

7:30-8:00  -  Main Presentation

8:00-8:30  -  Q&A

8:30-9:30  -  More meet and mingle 

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  • Scot

    So, you may recall that I made the statement at the meetup that Herb Silverman was the father of David Silverman ... well, I was wrong. I don't recall where I got that information (which is the first red flag), and Diskin correctly offered disapproval upon hearing me state so (another red flag). A quick search confirmed that Herb Silverman, the Foundation and President Emeritus of the Secular Coalition of America, is *not* related to David Silverman, the President of American Atheists. Thus, I stand corrected. :-)

    1 · March 20, 2014

    • David D.

      Old: Correlation doesn't equal causation.

      New: Isonymous doesn't equal relation.

      March 20, 2014

    • Susan M.

      Isonymous...oh, that sounds painful.

      March 20, 2014

  • Brian B.

    David was great, we will have to have him back next year!

    2 · March 19, 2014

  • David D.

    Thank you all SO MUCH for coming! Thanks to your donations (almost $300), you raised enough for an entire half-scholarship!! It will definitely be put to good use through our financial aid program.

    Please visit our website to learn more about us, donate, or volunteer.

    Or feel free to email me: [masked]

    Thanks, San Jose Atheists!!

    3 · March 19, 2014

  • Susan M.

    I LOVED this presentation. Science education for kids is vitally important, and with a healthy crtitical thinking component, it's the perfect way to prepare kids to deal with life rationally. 100 thumbs up!

    2 · March 19, 2014

  • Dana N.

    Really great talk!

    2 · March 19, 2014

  • Larry G.

    Excellent presentation. I hope the camps grow and prosper. More kids should be exposed to scientific and humanistic thinking.

    3 · March 19, 2014

  • Invisible Pink U.

    Unfortunately I can't make it tonight. See everyone in 2 weeks for Richard Carrier.

    March 19, 2014

  • Kim

    Gawd has performed a miracle and canceled my class tonight! I'll be there!!!

    2 · March 19, 2014

  • Brian B.

    For those of you who say "How can I help Brian?"

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Brian B.

    An update for location: We will be in the front room again like last time, since a high school group has booked the banquet room. I know it is not ideal, but we can't book that room unless we can sustain the $400.00 a month in donations - which we don't have. I believe we had $120 in donations last time which is great, but didn't hit the $200 mark we need to book the room. Not complaining here, but this is the reality of finding a place for us to meet and also have dinner.

    I look forward to seeing everyone there tonight!

    March 19, 2014

  • Steve

    Can't make it - I'm playing in a hockey game at this time.

    March 18, 2014

  • Jason G.

    I helped lifeguard at the inaugural camp quest New England. Glad to see this is going strong out here!

    3 · February 21, 2014

    • David D.

      That's awesome, Jason! We'd love to have you volunteer for us, too. :)

      1 · February 21, 2014

  • Kim

    I just enrolled my kiddo! I can't make the meeting, tho. :(

    2 · February 20, 2014

  • Susan M.

    Wow! Super! I can't wait! There's a huge appetite for this in the secular community, so I'm eager to hear what he has to say.

    2 · January 14, 2014

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