David Diskin, President of Camp Quest West

David Diskin is the President of Camp Quest West. Camp Quest is a summer camp for children that embraces science, natural wonder, and humanist values.

David has worked with the group since 2010. He has been a long-time activist in California, co-founding the Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers and Sunday Assembly Sacramento. He also serves on the boards of California Freethought Day, the Secular Coalition for California, and the national Reason Rally Coalition.

At the recent American Humanist Association conference in Chicago, we spoke with David about whether children of religious parents ever attend the camp, how the camp’s curriculum has changed over the years, and what he hopes Camp Quest achieves in the next few years.

If you’d like to make a donation to Camp Quest, you can do so here.

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  • Reply Erik Harris July 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I’m a little confused – David made it very clear that Camp Quest isn’t an “atheist camp,” and that they work hard to teach kids how to think, but don’t push atheism… then he said that the California Camp Dance is organized around the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I love the FSM as much as the next atheist, but it’s very specifically an atheist mockery of religion. You can’t have a FSM dance at a camp that isn’t “pushing” atheism in some sense.

    • Reply The Friendly Atheist Podcast July 18, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      I think the point of that particular event is to say there’s no definitive proof for the supernatural, and you should learn to question things.

  • Reply Virginia White July 18, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Camp Quest is wonderful! Our kids have been going to CQ since 2010, first at CQ Texas, then at CQ West, now again at CQ Texas. Our oldest has aged out but is hoping to come back perhaps next year as a counselor. It’s their favorite week of the summer.

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