SMOA 020 – Camp Quest & Amanda Metskas

Camp Quest - Edwin Kagin and Amanda MetskasIt is all about Camp Quest.  This episode our special guest is Amanda Metskas.  More below “investing Skeptically!”

Investing Skeptically!

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Do I Qualify For Social Security? (click for more info!)

If you are born in 1929 or later you will need 40 credits to qualify for Social Security.

How does one get credits?

You used to earn 1 credit for every 3 months that you worked.  In 2014 you get 1 credit for each $1,200 earned.  So, if you earn at least $4,800 of taxable income in 2014 you will get 4 credits.

Camp Quest!

Our Mission

Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values.

Values we teach: integrity, empathy, creativity, critical thinking, and community.

Our Vision

Camp Quest envisions a world in which children grow up exploring, thinking for themselves, connecting with their communities, and acting to make the most of life for themselves and others.

Our Goals

Through our programs, we seek to:

  • Develop supportive communities for freethinking families
  • Foster curiosity, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking in young people to enable them to draw their own conclusions
  • Cultivate reason and empathy as foundations of an ethical, productive and fulfilling life
  • Provide a safe and fun environment for personal and social growth
  • Encourage exploration of the natural world
  • Promote open dialogue that is marked by challenging each other’s ideas while treating each other with respect
  • Raise awareness of positive contributions made by atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic people to our society
  • Demonstrate atheism and humanism as positive, family-friendly worldviews

Our Values

These principles guide our operations:

  • Grassroots innovation – empowering local leaders, exploring new approaches, sharing what works
  • Practicality – taking action, creating solutions, providing hands-on support
  • Courage – speaking out, challenging ourselves and others, audaciously advancing our mission
  • Integrity – standing up, engaging honestly, living our principles
  • Cooperation – sharing ideas, working together, cultivating community
  • Empiricism – testing ideas, building from evidence, rejecting what doesn’t work
  • Fun!

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    Arizona – A new Camp Quest in the desert Southwest!

    Chesapeake (VA) – Swimming, high ropes, science, and Socrates Cafe in the Chesapeake Bay area.

    Colorado – A new Camp Quest coming soon to the Mountain West!

    Kansas City – A new Camp Quest in the Heartland!

    Michigan – Featuring climbing, horseback riding, high ropes, and canoeing in beautiful Western Michigan.

    Minnesota – Write songs, swim in the lake, sing with the band, and explore science just west of Minneapolis.  Now offering two week-long sessions!

    Montana – A family camp program in beautiful Northwest Montana, featuring a field trip to Glacier National park.

   New England (CT) – Watch for their first week-long session in summer 2014.

    NorthWest (WA) – Enjoy the Camp Quest experience in beautiful coastal Washington!

    Ohio – The original Camp Quest camp, now in its 18th year!

   Oklahoma – This Camp Quest is A-OK!

    Smoky Mountains (TN) – Featuring hiking, creeking, and critical thinking in gorgeous Smoky Mountains National Park.

    South Carolina – Enjoy swimming, critical thinking, and fun in the Palmetto state!

    Texas – A Texas-sized portion of fun, friends, and freethought!

    West (CA) – Offering week-long programs in both Northern and Southern California that feature the traditional all-American outdoor camp experience blended with world-class science and critical thinking games.

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For Edwin Kagin…..

Edwin Kagin, one of the founders of Camp Quest, died at his home at age 73 on Thursday night.  In addition to his work with Camp Quest, Edwin was a powerful advocate for atheists as the National Legal Director for American Atheists.  Many of the traditions that carry on at Camp Quest to this day were Edwin’s idea – the invisible unicorns, and the challenge skits to name a few.  He influenced hundreds of campers, many of whom went on to be volunteer counselors and leaders at Camp Quest as they grew up. Should you wish to honor Edwin, consider sponsoring a child to attend Camp Quest.

Photo of Edwin & Helen Kagin.

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