We're having a blogging contest to see who can raise more money for Camp Quest, the kids' camp for children of atheists, freethinkers, humanists, and other non-supernaturalists.
Five awesome atheist bloggers are competing to see who can raise the most money to support Camp Quest!
Since one of those bloggers is the indomitable PZ Myers of Pharyngula, we have made two teams in order to make this competition more fair.
Team 2 (BOOOOOOO! Unclean! Unclean!): PZ Myers of Pharyngula.
The first team to raise $5,000 for Camp Quest, or the team that has raised the most by June 1, 2011 will win!
You obviously want to support Team Greta/ Hemant/ Jen/ JT... right? You don't want the evil tentacles of PZ's cephalopod army to dominate the atheosphere? Fight for the underdog! Fight for the cause of freedom and justice! Fight for puppies, and apple pie, and Christmas!
What will the winning team receive? Bragging rights. Pure and simple. All contestants and contributors receive: the knowledge that they have supported a fantastic program for freethinking families and their children. And the knowledge that we have CRUSHED PZ! Click on the Chipin widget below, and spend the rest of your day basking in the knowledge that you have struck a blow for goodness and light.
Oh, right. The actual cause we're raising money for. You probably want to know a little more about that, don't you?
If you're not familiar with them, Camp Quest is the first residential summer camp in the history of the United States aimed at the children of Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever other terms might be applied to those who hold to a naturalistic, not supernatural world view. The purpose of Camp Quest is to provide children of freethinking parents a residential summer camp dedicated to improving the human condition through rational inquiry, critical and creative thinking, scientific method, self-respect, ethics, competency, democracy, free speech, and the separation of religion and government.
The nontheist community offers many programs for adults, but very few for children. To provide a future for our values we need to provide freethinking families with a place for their kids to find community, develop critical thinking skills, and learn ethics and values. Fortunately, that is what Camp Quest is all about. Well, that, and all of the summer camp fun that you can pack into a week.
Camp Quest builds a community for children and teenagers from atheist, agnostic, humanist and other freethinking families. They provide campers a place to explore their developing worldviews, ask questions, and make friends in an environment supportive of critical thinking and skepticism. Camp Quest is open to campers from all backgrounds. They encourage campers to think for themselves, be comfortable with who they are, and engage respectfully with people who have different views.
And yes, Camp Quest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and donations are tax deductible.
You can help support this awesome cause, strengthen the future of the atheist community... and help stave off the crushing arms of PZ's cephalopod army! Just click on the handy Chipin widget. That number again: